Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
Maine Chapter E-news
April 2012

2012 ConferenceBangor & Portland

2012 Statewide Educational Conferences

For caregivers, family members, professionals,

and people living with dementia 


Kathleen J. Rusnak, Ph.D. is the featured speaker at both forums this year.

Dr. Rusnak, who has been the director of spiritual care and bereavement at The Connecticut Hospice (the first hospice in the United States), speaks to the spiritual surprises that emerge for individuals, patients and caregivers who struggle to make sense of their lives in the midst of serious illnesses.


The conferences will offer workshops for caregivers, family members, professionals, and people living with dementia. Six contact hours are available for professionals. Online registration will be available soon. To print a registration form:  2012 Conference Registration 


Bangor: Wednesday, June 13, 2012  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Rd, Bangor, ME



Portland: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, ME

10 Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer's 

1 Stay in touch - show you care

A card, a call or a visit all mean a lot

2 Treat the person with respect and dignity

Focus on all that the person can do

3 Do the little things

Drop off dinner or run an errand

4 Be specific when offering help

Tackle a task on the family's to-do list

5 Educate yourself about Alzheimer's

Learn about its effects and how to respond

6 Include everyone in activities

Plan a picnic or dinner at your place; include the person whenever possible

7 Be a good listener

Support and accept - try not to judge

8 Encourage a healthy lifestyle

Suggest practical tips to exercise and eat right

9 Allow the family some personal time

Fill in as a caregiver, when needed

10 Keep all family members in mind

From tots to elders, each reacts uniquely


10 Ways to Help Brochure 


Education Programs

Here are some upcoming programs. Check our education calendar for complete info.


Know the 10 Signs

April 20 at 1 p.m.




When is it time to give up the keys?

April 24 at  6p.m.



Know the 10 Signs

May 3 at 6p.m.



The Basics: memory loss, dementia, and alzheimer's

May 10 at 7 p.m.



Living with Alzheimer's

May 14, 10 a.m. 



For more information and to register

or 207.772.0115



Tim Sample to Perform in Orono to Benefit Walk to End Alzheimer's

Maine's premier humorist, Tim Sample recorded his first comedy album in 1979 and has released more than three dozen CD's, videos, DVD's and books.  From 1993 to 2004 he worked as a regular correspondent entertaining millions on CBS News Sunday Morning.


This event is sponsored by Orono Commons Rehabilitation Nursing Facility and all proceeds go to the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's.  


Hauck Auditorium, UMaine Campus
College Ave
Orono, ME

June 9, 2012
Doors 6 p.m./performance 7 p.m.
$15 in advance and at the door
Advance tickets available at Orono Commons, Gaetani Eye Care, Cutting Edge Hair Salon, Davis Pharmacy.
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Maine Alzheimer's
Champions Breakfast will Honor Senator Craven


The Champions Breakfast 


individuals whose outstanding work or activity benefits those living with dementia here in Maine. The event highlights an aspect of Alzheimer's care and honors thefamilies who are effected. 


The 4th annual Champions Breakast will honor Senator Margaret Craven who introduced the legislation to create the Maine State Plan on Alzhiemer's Disease.  Her vision is to ensure that all families have access to information and resources for proper dementia care and support.



Holiday Inn by the Bay

88 Spring St.




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

From 7 to 9 a.m.


For more info:

Champions Sponsorship

2012 Advocacy
Forum April 23 - 25 Washington, DC


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be the featured Advocacy Forum luncheon speaker. This marks the second consecutive year that attendees will hear directly from a top administration official on the progress of the National Alzheimer's Plan. In addition, leading political commentator and pollster Frank Luntz will be our keynote speaker. An Alzheimer's advocate for many years, Dr. Luntz will provide stimulating and timely insights on how to persuasively make our case for action on Capitol Hill. This is a meeting that Alzheimer's advocates should not miss.


For more info:

2012 Advocacy Forum 


Become an Advocate

Art Exhibit Created with Alzheimer's

The planning of a special exhibit is underway. The exhibit will feature works created by Maine artists with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The theme of the event is to raise awareness of the disease and demonstrate that life is full of color with Alzheimer's. The exhibit is open to several mediums including oil painting, watercolor, drawing, sculpture, quilting, photography, paper, texitiles and new media. You do not need to be a professional artist to participate. Submissions from all levels and abilities are welcomed and encouraged. 


For more info:


Maine State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease

Public Input Sessions

PeoplesChoice Credit Union
23 Industrial Park Rd
Saco, ME

Friday, April 27, 2012
11 a.m. to 12 noon

First United Methodist Church
703 Essex Street
Bangor, ME 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion
102 Campus Ave
Lewiston, ME
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
12 noon to 1 p.m.
RSVP Requested:

Saco River Jazz Band Runs Deep


The Saco River Jazz Ensemble is a community jazz band that includes musicians of all ages.  They bring big band era tunes to facilities in Maine and offer a very special service to those living with Alzheimer's and dementia. 


For the full story click below:


Watch the Audio Slideshow

Forget Me Not Days 

Golf Outing


Join Bankers Life and Casualty Company at the 5th Annual Forget Me Not Days Golf Outing to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter.

Willowdale Golf Club
52 Willowdale Rd
Scarborough, ME

Friday May 18, 2012
Registration: 11 a.m.
Shotgun Start: 12 noon
Dinner: 5 p.m.  Raffle: 5:30 p.m.

$75 per person/$300 per foursome
includes greens fees, cart fees, and dinner

To Register:
Contact Your Bankers Agent at 207.883.0841

Join Us and Walk 


Ross Endres, Development Associate, gears up for 2012 Walk Season


Start at team or join a team or walk as an individual.  Here is a chance to reclaim the future of millions of Americans that will develop the disease. There are 12 walks to choose from!

September 15, 2012
Seacoast (Wellls)
Southern Midcoast (Topsham)
September 22, 2012
Eastern Maine (Bar Harbor), Midcoast (Rockland), Greater Portland
September 29, 2012
Augusta, Sanford,
Lewiston/Auburn, Calais
October 6, 2012
Eastern Maine (Bangor), Fort Kent,
Register online:

For more info: or 207.772.0115

Crop to Remember Yields A Hearty Harvest

Rebecca Kelly and Gertrude Sweetland of Yarmouth put their creative talents to generous use. 


Their  2012 Crop to Remember event raised over $2,000 for the Maine Chapter and included more than 50 participants.  In addition, 60 donated raffle items yielded a bumper crop of $1,435 for programs and services of those affected by Alzheimer's and dementia in Maine.  Thank you to all!

Sweet Success   
Sedgewood Common's Second Annual Cupcake Wars raised $780 for the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimers!  Big thanks go to Lea Rust, Team Sedgewood Commons, and all participants.

1st Place Winner:

Car Bombs by Mary Lymberis,

Genesis Rehab Services, Falmouth


2nd Place Winner:

Pumpkin Patch by Linda Moon, Sedgewood Commons, Falmouth


3rd Place Winner:

Kahlua Cakes by Joann Buchanan, River Ridge Center, Kennebunk