Maine Chapter E-news
May 2012
2012 Alzheimer's Champions Breakfast - Join Us!
May 30, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland
We are pleased to honor State Senator Margaret Craven.  Her commitment to Maine people impacted by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias goes far beyond her leadership as sponsor of the legislation that created the State Alzheimer's Plan Task Force.  Tickets are $50 per individual or sold as a table of 10 for $500
2012 Statewide Educational Conferences Offer Something for Everyone 
Bangor and Portland
Kathleen J. Rusnak, Ph.D is the keynote speaker at the conferences.  Dr. Rusnak speaks to the spiritual surprises that emerge for individuals, caregivers, and patients in the midst of serious illness.


The conferences will feature a panel discussion, workshops led by experts on legal and financial issues, long-term care; navigating resources; caring for the caregiver; partnering with your doctor, music therapy, and more. 


June 13, 2012 - BANGOR
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spectacular Event Center

June 28, 2012 - PORTLAND
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Inn by the Bay

Registration Fees:

Family Members: $45

Persons with Dementia: $45*

Professionals: $95


Registration fees include lunch and six contact hours for professionals. 


*Scholarships are available for family caregivers.


For more info or to register:



Register Online BANGOR


Register Online PORTLAND


Printable registration form (pdf)

Education Programs

Visit our education programs
page for the complete calendar



Understanding the Person with Dementia 

May 17, 10 a.m.



The Basics: Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's

May 17, 12:30 p.m.



Understanding the Person with Dementia

May 17, 3:30 p.m.



Know the 10 Signs

June 1, 10 a.m.



The Basics: Memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's

June 1, 12 p.m.



What is Aging in Place All About

June 6, 3 p.m.



Understanding the Person with Dementia

June 13, 5:30 p.m.



Understanding the Person with Dementia

June 14, 1:30 p.m.




For more information and to register

or 207.772.0115 



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2012 Alzheimer's Advocacy Forum Boasts Record High Attendance

Dr. Laurel Coleman (4th from left) with several members of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services
More than 700 Alzheimer's advocates (including three from Maine!) representing all 50 states attended the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum April 23-25 in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Laurel Coleman of Manchester serves on the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services, along with Harry Johns, President and C.E.O., Alzheimer's Association.  Several council members engaged in a town hall style meeting with the attendees of the forum to answer questions and give updates on the progress of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. Click here to view:
The awards ceremony at the forum featured Maria Shriver presenting Pat Summitt, legendary NCAA basketball coach, with the Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award.

Board Member Proudly Represents Maine in D.C.
Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter Board Member Robert "Bob" Armstrong attended the 2012 Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum. As the chairman of the Maine Chapter's Public Policy Committee Bob has been very active in the development of the first-ever Maine State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. He participated in many public input sessions and has a strong understanding of the particular needs for an Alzheimer's plan in Maine. During his week in Washington, he, along with Maine Chapter Executive Director, Laurie Trenholm, visited each of Maine's members of congress to ask for an additional 100 million in funding for Alzheimer's research to be added to the federal budget.

Caregiving Coordination


Lotsa Helping Hands is a private, web-based caregiving coordination service that helps family, friends, neighbors and colleagues create a community to assist family caregivers.

Each community includes an intuitive group calendar for scheduling tasks such as meal delivery and rides, a platform for securely sharing vital medical, financial and legal information with designated family members, and customizable sections for posting photos, well wishes, blogs, journals and messages.

Lotsa Helping Hands Card


Lotsa Helping Hands Website


Alzheimer's Association International

Vancover, British Columbia, Canada

July 14-19, 2012


The Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) is the world's largest gathering of Alzheimer's and dementia researchers. In 2011, AAIC drew more than 5,600 researchers from 84 countries. Click below for details on this year's conference:

AAIC>2012 Website



Maine Chapter Introduces

New Development


We are delighted to announce that Meghan O'Brien has joined the Maine Chapter as Development Director.


Meghan, whose background includes over ten years in non-profit fundraising, has a personal connection to the disease. When asked about her new role with the Maine Chapter she remarked, "There are so many opportunities right now to move the mission forward; I'm eager to make a positive impact in Maine."


Contact info:

Why do you Walk?

Walk to End Alzheimer's registration is open! Walks will be held in Augusta, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Calais, Fort Kent, Lewiston/Auburn, Portland, Rockland, Sanford, Topsham, Wells, and Wilton.


There are many reasons individuals choose to participate, so we asked a few registered walkers why they are walking this year. What did they have to say?  Watch the audio slideshow to find out.


Early Engagement Program Offered

The Maine Chapter is piloting a new social engagement program.  The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter Early-Stage Social Engagement Program offers a fun and comfortable way for people in the early stage of the disease to get out, get active and get connected with like individuals through a variety of community-based activities and social events.


A diagnosis of Alzheimer's or a related dementia is likely not the life path one envisions.  One way to face this disease is to continue to enjoy life. This program will offer the opportunity for each participant to identify social activities in which they are interested. The group will then choose the activity they would like to pursue. Activities will be scheduled for at least three times a month and will be one to two hours in duration in a safe and supportive environment.

For more information: or 1.800.272.3900

Sedgewood Common's 3rd Annual Plant Sale

You can pick out plants to split and purchase or bring your own to trade while helping the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter!

Take the opportunity to have plants pulled and potted for you, or browse the pre-potted selection. Gardeners will be available to answer any questions you may have, or you may place a special order with them.


All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter 


June 1 and June 2, 2012
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sedgewood Commons
22 Northbrook Drive
Falmouth, ME  04105

For more information:
Lea Rust: 207.781.5775 x227