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You're Invited to Bid Alzheimer's Goodbye

Join us on March 14th for an evening of fun and fundraising!

The Bid Alzheimer's Goodbye Auction will be on Thursday, March 14th from 5:30-9:30 pm at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough. Live music from local favorites CatHaus and delicious food from Black Tie Catering will make this a party you can't miss! There will be live and silent bidding on over 100 auction items including a ten night getaway on St. Maarten Island, a five day stay at Point Sebago, a helmet signed by Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott, a chartered family fishing trip, four tickets to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, artwork, & more!  Purchase your tickets today! >>

tickle Calais Family Shares Story to Raise Awareness  

Husband and wife Maria and Andrew Tickle both have fathers battling Alzheimer’s disease. Now they are speaking out about their experience in the hopes of helping other Maine families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.  Read the full story >>    

With over 37,000 people in Maine living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, personal stories such as this one have a tremendous impact by raising awareness, reducing stigma and reaching out to those who may feel alone. If you would like to share your experience, we have many different opportunities for you to do so. Sign up to become a volunteer today! >>

Work remains to obtain additional research funding

Alzheimer's Association and Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Publish First Guidelines for Brain Amyloid Imaging in Alzheimer's

Only recently has it become possible to create high-quality images of the brain plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease in living people through positron emission tomography (PET). Even so, questions remain about what can be learned from these PET images and which people should have this test. Read more:

Panel requires additional data about brain amyloid imaging for Alzheimer's disease >>
First guidelines published for brain amyloid imaging in Alzheimer's >>

gilslandfarmsnowshoeSnowshoe Outing a Success... First of Many to Come!   

A casual winter stroll took on greater significance recently as the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter hosted its first Outdoors Club event on January 25. The “Winter Birding Snowshoe Trek” took place in conjunction with the Maine Audubon Society at the society’s Gilsland Farm property in Falmouth. A second snowshoe outing, “Winter Woods Snowshoe Walk,” is set for Tuesday, February 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport. For more information contact Mark Pechenik >> 

Walk to End Alzheimer'sRegistration is Open for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We are excited to announce that dates and locations have been set for 11 walks across Maine for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s! Find a walk near you and register today! >>  Sponsorship opportunities are available and for more information please contact Meghan O'Brien >> 

CaregiversSave the Date! Statewide Education Conference 

Join us on May 2nd at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland for our 2013 statewide educational conference for caregivers, family members, professionals, and people living with dementia. The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Paul Raia, Vice President of Clinical Programs at the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter. Dr. Raia is an innovator–starting the first early stage support group in the country. He has developed an approach to dementia care called “Habilitation Therapy” the goal of which is to promote a positive emotion in the person with dementia by maximizing their strengths and abilities and minimizing their limitations. For more information on how your company can reserve a booth please contact Bill Kirkpatrick >>

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