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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month

Honor a caregiver today!


November marks the 30th anniversary of President Reagan declaring the first National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. There has been substantial progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s, but with more than 5 million Americans and 37,000 Mainers living with this disease that has no way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression, this is still a disease that needs a strong fight. Recognizing early signs of Alzheimer’s is one of the first steps readers in Maine can take to create awareness and provide help for those facing this deadly disease. The Alzheimer’s Association has created a list of “10 Warning Signs” to help educate about the early signs of Alzheimer’s. 

November is also National Caregiver Month! In the U.S., there are 15 million Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers. Join us in honoring them by sharing a personal tribute message here >>

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Important Tips for the Holiday Season 

The holiday season can be busy with travel and visits from family and friends who might not often see one another. This time together may raise questions about a person’s physical and cognitive health. Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, memory problems that impact daily living are not a part of typical aging. Recognizing the difference between typical aging and potentially more serious problems can help identify when it may be time to see a doctor. We encourage anyone to call the 24-hour Helpline, 800-272-3900, with a question or doubt about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or memory loss. Get more tips for the holidays here >>

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Maine Chapter Partners with State Representative for "Second Sundays at 2"

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter's Executive Director, Laurie Trenholm, will present on Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Washington County families at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.10, at Eastport Health Care. Rep. Katherine Cassidy, D-Lubec, is organizing the series of monthly health-care forums for Washington County residents, called “Second Sundays at 2.”  All discussions within the series are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Cassidy serves as a member of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. “When our committee heard testimony on the hundred-plus health-care bills before us in 2013, I personally learned about many advocates and experts. I want people living in Washington County to have a chance to hear from them, too,” Cassidy said. For more information please call Cassidy at 733-4648, or reach her by email at kcaugusta@gmail.com>>


Maine Chapter Announces New Board Officers

The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter elected new board officers and welcomed a new board member in October. Felicia Garant, CLA, CTFA will serve as Board Chair. Felicia is the Vice President and Director of Account Administration, Spinnaker Trust. Felicia previously served as Board Treasurer and has been on the board for over 3 years. When asked about why she chooses to dedicate her time to the Maine Chapter she explained, “This is a way that I can give back to other families on this journey.” William Jenks will serve as Board Vice Chair. William is President/Franchise Owner at Home Instead Senior Care. Robert O’Keefe will serve as Board Secretary. Robert is retired from Knights of Columbus Insurance. Marlene Costa will serve as Board Treasurer. Marlene is Director, Project Delivery, CSC Shared Services at Unum. Michelle Santiago, Esq., CFP has joined the board. Michelle is a Trust Officer at H.M. Payson. Fill out our volunteer application to learn more about how you can get involved ! >>

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Walk season is over but we're still fighting to end Alzheimer's disease!

This year’s Walk brought families, friends, those living with the disease and those caring for them together with a common goal: to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. We watched as you walked and formed new connections with others in your community — relationships that we hope will last for many years to come. Although your walking shoes may be resting on the shelf we’re still working hard to raise funds and reach our 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's goal. We are only $3,000 dollars short of our $500,000 statewide goal! The fundraising deadline has been extended to November 25th and online donations will be accepted through November 30th. Will you help? Click here to donate to one of our 11 walks >>


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Alzheimer's Association Brings Educational Conference to Bangor

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter hosted a statewide educational conference on October 25 at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. Over one hundred were in attendance for this special event. The conference featured keynote speaker Mal Allard, founder and director of "Their Real World", a company that offers Alzheimer's and dementia education. In addition to the keynote, this full-day conference included a research update from Dr. Cliff Singer and workshops for both family and professional caregivers as well as people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Visit our Facebook page to check out photos from the event >> 

Call 1.800.272.3900 or 1.207.772.0115 for more information regarding the stories featured in this enewsletter, support and services available in your area, or with any questions you may have regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. For dates and locations of upcoming events please visit the Maine Chapter Calendar >>

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About the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter serves the entire State of Maine from its Scarborough office. There are more than 37,000 families in Maine who are affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. alz.org/maine