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Maine Chapter E-News - January 2012          

Maine Chapter 
Introduces New Manager of Education
Bill Kirkpatrick
Bill Kirkpatrick

We are excited to welcome Bill Kirkpatrick, LICSW to the staff as Manager of Education. Bill, who brings a wealth of experience to his role, will be traveling statewide to provide educational opportunities to caregivers, families, community groups, as well as professional staff training, including Train the Trainer. Bill reports that he is "very pleased to be with an organization that serves the community with such a strong emphasis on mission and teamwork."


Please contact Bill with any questions about, or requests for, the educational programs provided through the Maine Chapter. He can be reached at or 207.772.0115.


Click Here for 2012 Education Calendar

Know the 10 Signs:
This family education program aims to increase awareness of the warning signs of Alzheimer's and the benefits of early detection and early diagnosis.
This program is FREE!
SeniorsPlus Edu Center
8 Falcon Road
Lewiston, ME
Date & Time:
Monday, January 23, 2012
10 to 11 a.m.
Registration: or 207.772.0115
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's
This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

This program is FREE!
SeniorsPlus Edu Center
8 Falcon Road
Lewiston, ME
Date & Time:
Monday, January 23, 2012
12 noon to 2 p.m.
Registration: or 207.772.0115

Comfort Zone

A location management product designed specifically with Alzheimer's in mind.


 comfort zone

Comfort Zone is a Web-based service that works with a variety of location devices to monitor the whereabouts of an individual with Alzheimer's.


It delivers current information about the location of the person with dementia via email, text messages, mobile applications, or the internet.  The system is flexible and adaptable as individual needs change. For more information click on the link below:


Comfort Zone



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Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias State Plan Moving Forward 


The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, in partnership with the Office of Elder Services of the Maine Dept. of Health & Human Services, has gained momentum and is making good progress in the development of Maine's first Alzheimer's disease and related dementias state plan.


Since our first work sessions in late November,  additional stakeholders have eagerly joined the effort, resulting in informative and engaging input at our most recent meetings last week. We especially wish to thank the family caregivers and volunteers who have joined us and will continue to keep the mission in the room.      


L to R Laurie Trenholm; Dr. Sheila Pinette; Bill Kirkpatrick; Bob Armstrong, Board Member; Jill Conover; Brett Seekins

We are also grateful to Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Sheila Pinette, who met with the staff of the Maine Chapter at our Scarborough office this month.  Dr. Pinette offered great ideas and input to inform the initiative. We are excited about Dr. Pinette's  

involvement and the expertise she and her staff bring, as well as their recognition of the disease as a public health crisis, and their commitment to increasing awareness and understanding.


We are pleased that as the initiative grows it will include a broader representation of stakeholders: family caregivers, individuals or organizations representing primary care and other medical providers, the Area Agencies on Aging, home care, residential/nursing/long-term care facilities, the Long-term Care Ombudsman, public health and public safety departments, hospitals, health care focused nonprofits and associations, elder law, finance, higher education, business community members, consultants, and State Senator Margaret Craven.

In the last Maine Legislative session Senator Craven was the lead sponsor of LD 859 last session, which created the Task Force responsible for the development of the State Alzheimer's Plan.  


For more information: or 207.772.0115


We request that you continue to reach out to Members of the Joint Standing Committees on Appropriations & Financial Affairs and Health & Human Services, as well as your own State Senator and Representative regarding the Governor's proposed DHHS SFY 12/13 Supplemental Budget, particularly about the proposed elimination of the Drugs for the Elderly program. Please click here for further information about these and other state advocacy initiatives we are working on and to sign up to become a Maine Alzheimer's Advocate.

Dementia and Driving Resource Center:

Does your family need help with  a conversation about driving?


Click on the link below to watch how four families deal with different issues related to dementia and driving:


 Click Here for Driving Resources


Ideally, families should talk openly about driving soon after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Making a decision about when it is time to stop driving can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition.



Harry Johns, President and CEO, National Alzheimer's Association visits Maine Chapter  

Work on the National Strategic Plan brings Harry Johns to Maine 


Harry J.with.staff
L to R Drew Wyman; Harry Johns; Laurie Trenholm; Cindy Beck; Sarah Stepp; Bill Kirkpatrick; Faith Gillman; Ross Endres; Lisa Corson















The Association is working towards the development of a nationwide strategic Alzheimer's plan.  "This process is about changing the course of Alzheimer's disease" states Johns. 


President Obama signed the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) into law on January 4, 2011. The Alzheimer's Association is pushing to make research a national priority. Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. If nothing is done Medicare costs will increase by almost 600 percent by 2050; in this same time period Medicaid will increase nearly 400 percent.


As a result of  government support for research we have seen a reduction in HIV, stroke, heart disease, and cancer deaths in this country.  This helps Harry Johns remain optimistic about what the future holds for Alzheimer's disease prevention, as there is major potential to alter the course of the disease through research.

For more information on the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) Click here:



National Alzheimer's Project Act

Third Party Fundraiser will Benefit Maine Chapter 

Crop to Remember Scrapbooking & Papercrafting Event to be Held in Yarmouth, March 31st.


Don't miss the opportunity to participate in 12 hours of scrapbooking and papercrafting fun!  The day will include raffles, door prizes, welcome gifts as well as lunch, dinner, snacks, and beverages. 



Yarmouth Amvets

Robt W. Boyd Amvets Post 2

148 North Road

Yarmouth, ME


Date & Time:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


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Searching for Cecy:  Reflections on Alzheimer's

A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter.


In this beautifully written and illustrated tribute, poet Judy Prescott reflects on her mother's unexpected journey through the rough seas of Alzheimer's and her own struggle to find peace.


Click Here to Buy the Book

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