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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:
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|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:
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 email@example.com
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.
22 Northbrook Dr
Falmouth, ME 04105
Thursday, March 22, 2012
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 National Plan
Maine State Alzheimer's Plan Moving Forward
In 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.
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In Mice, Cancer Drug Reduces
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:
|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:
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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