Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
Maine Chapter E-newsletter - March 2012
 

Art and Alzheimer's 

Living My Life (watercolor)
2011 by Donna Beveridge
A call for artists living with Alzheimer's

 

Creating art is a powerful outlet for many people living with Alzheimer's disease.  Artwork can help to illustrate the experience of this challenging disease.  It can also afford an opportunity for healing andinspiration. The Maine Chapter is developing a program to highlight artsits with Alzheimer's and their creative contributions to the Maine community. If you or someone you know is living with Alzheimer's and creating art, through any medium, please contact drew.wyman@alz.org  or 207.772.0115 for more information.  

 

 

Take the Caregiver Stress Quiz
 
Caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia can be overwhelming and stressful.  Responsibilities can range from making financial decisions to assisting with personal care needs.  Handling these duties is hard work, but resources and support systems are available to help you.

For more information call our 24/7 toll-free Helpine 1.800.272.3900
or click on the links below:

Maine Support Groups  

 

Caregiver Stress Quiz

 

Respite Care Services 

New Tool Connects Caregivers, People Living with Alzhiemer's

 
ALZ Connected is a new online social networking community for anyone affected by Alzheimer's. You can find support, make connections, and share questions.  There is something for everyone.  You can connect with other users that are experiencing similar challenges. You can create a private group based on a specific topic or join other caregivers, people living with Alzheimer's, or family members and friends.  Check it out here:

 

Education Programs

Added Weekly

 

Visit our education programs page as new workshops and events are scheduled weekly! 

 

If you are interested in scheduling a program or would like information on education topics contact Bill Kirkpatrick at bill.kirkpatrick@alz.org

or 207.772.0115

 

Cupcake War Fundraiser to Benefit Maine Chapter

 

Don't miss this sweet event.  Here is an exciting way to support the work of the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter.  

 

Location:
Sedgewood Commons
22 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME  04105

Date/Time:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more info and to register:
207.781.5115 x227

 

  

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Facts & Figures Released 3.8.12
 

2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures reports that caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the United States an estimated $200 billion in 2012. This edition features a special report on people with Alzheimer's who live alone.

 


Advocacy
Health and Human Services Releases Draft of National Alzheimer's Plan

 

The first draft of the National Plan is being submitted to the Advisory Council for consideration and input.

 

With engagement from the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services and the commitment of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Alzheimer's Association looks forward to a final National Alzheimer's Plan later this spring that accelerates government efforts, indicates the future commitments that will be needed and encourages public-private partnerships to change the trajectory of one of the nation's most feared diseases.

 

The Alzheimer's Association remains steadfast in its commitment to support the Administration's implementation of the National Alzheimer's Project Act, passed by Congress on a unanimous, bipartisan basis. On Feb. 7th, 2012 the Obama Administration announced a $156 investment to fight Alzheimer's.

 

The plan will be open for public comment. Comments

and will be accepted until March 30, 2012 and can be submitted to: helen.lamont@hhs.gov

 

2012 National Plan

 

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Maine State Alzheimer's Plan Moving Forward

state capitol domeIn parallel with the National Plan the Maine Chapter's work on the State Alzheimer's Plan continues with work sessions through April.

Look forward to a draft report on June 1, 2012.

 

For more information:

jill.conover@alz.org

or 207.772.0115

 

Become an Advocate

In Mice, Cancer Drug Reduces

Beta-Amyloid

and Helps Memory

A repoort published by Science Express on Feb.9, 2012, describes a research study  of an FDA-approved cancer therapy called bexarotene in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease.

 

The scientists found that the orally-administered drug rapidly lowered levels of soluble beta amyloid and amyloid plaques in both young and older test animals, and also improved some cognitive and behavioral deficits.

There is still a great deal to learn.  For example, without trials in people with Alzheimer's, we know nothing yet about dose levels or how this compound may interact with approved Alzheimer's drugs. However, it is intriguing preliminary research that deserves further study.


Vehicle Donations   Benefit Maine Chapter


The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter participates in a vehicle donation program.  We work with a donation processor who will make all arrangements at no cost or hassle to you.  They provide a tax deductible donation receipt and handle the title transfer.  Proceeds from the program benefit the Maine Chapter's programs and services.  For more information call 1.800.240.0160 or click on the link below:


DonateACar.com

Maine Couple Featured in Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) Newsletter

 
John and Elisabeth Paine of Falmouth, Maine are an inspiration for families that are coping with Alzheimer's.  They are participating in an ongoing AD clinical trial with the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).  And in an effort to support others and raise awareness Elisabeth eloquently shares her story as a caregiver-partner in ADNI's newsletter.  Click on the link to read her story (on page 2) and visit the ADNI website for more information on their work.


2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's Open for Registrations

 

Take the first step toward a world without Alzheimer's and participate in our signature event, Walk to End Alzheimer's. Start a team, volunteer, join a planning committee, or be a sponsor.

 

Walks will be held in 12 locations across Maine this fall over several weekends beginning on September 15th.

 

Last year Walk to End Alzheimer's raised over $420,000 toward our mission. This year an exciting new element will be revealed at the events. 

 

For more informaton:
207.772.0115

Author Visits Maine during Book Tour

Drew Wyman, Maine Chapter Communications Specialist and Actress/Author Judy Prescott 

 

Actress Judy Prescott has appeared in Grey's Anatomy, True Blood, and Bones among other feature films. Her recent book "Searching for Cecy" shares her strength and experience coping with her mother's challenges with early-onset Alzheimer's.  The Los Angeles based actress/author made time for a book signing at Longfellow Books in Portland and is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Maine Chapter.  Click below to hear her story:

 

ABC News - Judy Prescott

What's so great about Facebook?

The Maine Chapter's Facebook page
is updated daily with current articles and events related to Alzheimer's. Facebook provides a simple and ongoing connection with others in Maine.

We rely on your feedback to be the best organization that we can. As new friends are added our reach grows exponentially and we can better understand the current needs of Mainers. Please "like" us and encourage friends to join.  There is no time to waste in meeting the needs of families in Maine that are dealing with Alzheimer's.
What's so great about Facebook?  In a word: timeliness.   

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