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Maine Chapter E-News           October 2011
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Caregiver II

Savvy Caregiver II is an 8-hour training program for family caregivers of people with dementia disorders like Alzheimer's disease. These sessions are for persons who have participated in Savvy I. The series of four sessions starts Monday, Oct. 24 in Lewiston (10 a.m. - 12 noon at Seniors Plus) and Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Bangor (2-4 p.m. at Phillips-Strickland). The trainings are sponsored by the Office of Elder Services, Department of Health and Human Services, and funded by a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. FMI about Savvy I or Savvy II and to register, call Cindy at 772-0115.

Thank you!Walk

A sincere thanks to  

our many volunteers, sponsors and walkers. The end to Alzheimer's really does begin with "me and you," and together across 13 Maine walks we raised over $409,000 to date for the cause. Fundraising efforts for the 2011 Walk will continue until the end of the year, and its never too early to start building your team for 2012! Be sure to check out our Maine chapter Facebook page for lots of fabulous Walk photos. "Like" us while you're there to add our ongoing posts to your feed. FMI, contact Sarah at 772-0115.

Walkers with signs

Great resources!
Alzheimer's Library

readerThe National Alzheimer's Association Greenfield Library offers an extensive collection of materials that address issues about dementia type illnesses. Connect to library


Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Alzheimer's Reading Room focuses on Alzheimer's disease medical science, wellness, and the art of Alzheimer's caregiving.


Become an Alzheimer's Advocate!

Sign up here to join the National Alzheimer Advocate Network in Maine. Whoever you are, wherever you live, there is something you can do to make a difference. 


NAPA moves forwardNAPA
Over 100 public input sessions were held across the country (including our Maine session held August 27 in Portland) and over 30,000 callers participated in the Alzheimer's Association's Teletown Hall to help inform the development of our country's first National Alzheimer's Plan. The first meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services was held on September 27. The Alzheimer's Association's Harry Johns, national Board member Dr. Ron Peterson, and Maine's own Dr. Laurel Coleman are serving on the Advisory Council. FMI: U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services NAPA information and meeting materials.


state capitol domeHere in Maine

The task force pursuant to LD 859, which was enacted last spring, will soon be convened by DHHS. The Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter will be your voice at the table as we advocate for this effort to lead to a State Plan on Alzheimer's, which is needed to create the infrastructure and accountability necessary to build dementia-capable programs for the growing number of people with the disease. Click here to learn more about other state advocacy initiatives we are involved in or monitoring.


Free Advocacy Summit October 25!

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is co-sponsoring an Aging Advocacy Summit! We encourage you to attend this free event on Tuesday, October 25th from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. Learn how to become a more effective advocate: Visit M4A's website to check out the summit agenda and register online. Together, our voice is stronger. Together, we make a difference! Register today.

In the News....


10.3.11: Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer's (WABI-TV5)


9.13.11: Families urge action as U.S. drafts Alzheimer's plan (Portland Press Herald | AP)


9.5.11: Alzheimer' a new window for one family (Bangor Daily News) 


8.15.11: Dementia care's hard lessons (Morning Sentinel/KJ)


8.4.11: Preparing for Alzheimer's (Bridgton News)


For national news, click here.


Know the 10 signs
Educate yourself, educate others10 signs
There are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.


Not a Still Life:
Watercolors by Donna BeveridgeDonna watercolor art
Check out Donna's new beautiful website! Her upcoming art show display can be enjoyed Sept. 26 - Nov. 11 at the Dana Center, Maine Medical Center. 


World Alzheimer's Month logoTake Action!
Thank you to all who participated in the inaugural World Alzheimer's Month during September. More than 35 million people are living with dementia worldwide. There are over 37,000 Maine people living with Alzheimer's and over 147,000 unpaid caregivers in our state. It's going to take all of us to end this disease, but together, we can move toward a world without Alzheimer's. Click here to act now. 


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