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Happy Holidays from the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter 

The holidays bring families and friends together in the spirit of giving. But for families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging.  With some planning and adjusted expectations, caregivers and family members can ensure that celebrations are still happy, memorable occasions. Consider these tips to enjoy the season >>

Not a caregiver? Consider these small things >> you can do for your friends and neighbors to help make their spirits brighter! The Maine Chapter encourages you to call the 24/7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, if there are any questions or concerns about memory loss or other cognitive changes in an aging family member or friend. 


The Maine Chapter Honors Volunteers at Award Ceremony 

The Maine Chapter staff recognized the significant contributions of our many volunteers and supporters during a reception in Augusta. Volunteer support through the donation of time, effort and expertise is crucial to delivering core services across Maine. Additionally, we honored top fundraisers in the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To date, the 2012 Maine walks have raised $430,000.  View local news coverage of event >>

First Responders

Training for First Responders Critical as Maine's Population Ages 

An elderly man named Jim enters a church office carrying a briefcase. Distraught and disoriented, he points to his briefcase and repeatedly utters the word “bomb.” This was the scenario faced by the Portland Police Department’s Crisis Negotiators Team during their November 28th training. The exercise, which focused on effective negotiation techniques when negotiating with someone with Alzheimer’s disease, took place at Portland’s Woodford Congregational Church and was facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter. Read full release >>

A planned gift will help you and the causeConsider a Year-End Charitable Gift to the Alzheimer's Association

Whether you choose to provide a gift today >> or consider leaving a legacy of support by making a planned gift >> to the Alzheimer's Association, you will help the Maine Chapter in the fight to end Alzheimer's disease. Planned gifts allow you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial planning goals. Your gift will provide lasting benefits through our Alzheimer's research program and community care and support programs. Opportunities include gifts from a will bequest, living trust, charitable gift annuity, charitable life income trust, retirement plan, life insurance and real estate. For more information contact>>

Education Program: Tips for Becoming an Effective Dementia Educator and CoachCare training can keep your loved one at home

The Maine Health Care Association and the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association are partnering to offer this upcoming program on learning how to become an effective dementia educator and dementia communication coach. The program is taking place January 30, 2013 at the Augusta Civic Center and will provide attendees with simple, usable tools to help them coach team members on effective dementia communication. Presenters will include Erin Bonitto, M.S., A.C.D., the Founder & Lead Coach for Gemini Consulting and Bill Kirkpatrick, LICSW, the Program Director for the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter. Register and read more about this and other programs >>


Free Toolkits Provide "Hand in Hand" Training for Maine Nursing Homes 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is distributing free toolkits to all nursing homes to help meet the federal requirement that nurse aides receive regular training on caring for residents with dementia. The free toolkits will be distributed to all nursing homes, CMS Regional Offices and State Survey Agencies by January 2013. The toolkit, "Hand in Hand" is a training series that emphasizes person-centered care for persons with dementia and also addresses prevention of abuse. Download the free training modules >>

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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.