Maine Chapter 
October 2012 E-news
Maine Walk to End Alzheimer's Raises $410,000 and Counting!

Largest fundraiser dedicated to Alzheimer's care, support, and research


Thank You for Walking! This year, nearly 3,000 Maine participants of all ages formed over 300 family and company teams. Many teams sported festive team t-shirts and decorated them with photos and messages dedicated to their loved ones affected by Alzheimer's. Walk day was filled with friends, family, dancing, refreshments, fun mascots and even lots of canine participants wearing their purple and joining in the fun. Every walk also included an emotional "Promise Garden" tribute to recognize those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's. Through color, promise flowers represented the diverse reasons participants gathered. Once planted in the promise garden, the flowers were a strong visual reminder of our collective commitment to remember, honor, care and fight Alzheimer's disease.


Thank you to all of our dedicated participants, volunteers and corporate sponsors. We are thrilled with the preliminary results, but we still need your help in the fight against Alzheimer's. You can make a difference by contributing to the 2012 Maine Walk To End Alzheimer's through November 30, 2012. Click here to make an online donation or call us at 800.272.3900.


Check out the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's Slideshow

Advocacy Town Hall
Make your voice heard!

October 30, 2012 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Mid Coast Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive in Brunswick, ME 

No cost to attend, light refreshments provided.  


Here in Maine as many as 37,00 people are living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The burden this devastating disease is placing - and will place - on families, state budgets, long-term care infrastructure and the health care system is enormous. Please join us to share your Alzheimer's story, ask representatives from Maine's Congressional delegation, state and local leaders who will be on hand to make Alzheimer's a priority, and help shape the successful implementation of the National Plan.  Come take advantage of this historic opportunity and lend your voice to help create a world without Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's can't wait


To RSVP or for more information contact: Jessica James at 800.272.3900 or

Caring for People with Alzheimer's Disease  

For professionals who train direct care staff 

October 24, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Clifford Eames Training Facility, Machias Savings Bank, 581 Wilson St., Brewer, ME

Cost: $300 for one representative, $550 for two representatives, $200 for each additional.*


The newly revised Habilitation Curriculum is a train the trainer model created to prepare attendees, already familiar with Alzheimer's and dementia care, to train direct staff in a wide array of care settings.  The 7-hour training teaches the 13-hour curriculum in best Habilitation Therapy practices.  Modules include a PowerPoint presentation, discussion activities, lecture and demonstration, role-play and group work.



*A certificate of attendance will be provided and CEU's are offered to social workers, activity professionals and nursing home administrators.  Non-profit rate available to smaller community non-profits that are town, city or state funded.


Registration Required: 800.272.3900 or

Maine Chapter Welcomes New Staff Member   


We are delighted to announce that Jessica James has joined the Maine Chapter as our Director of Communications & Advocacy. Jessica is a native Mainer and earned her degree in Political Science from the University of Maine at Orono. For the past two years, she has worked to advance the legislative objectives of United States Senator Susan Collins in Washington DC. When asked about her new role she remarked, "I am thrilled to be joining the organization during this exciting time. As we continue working on the Maine State Plan it will be important to grow our network of advocates and increase communications with both the government and families across Maine."  


Contact Jessica 

Aging Advocacy Summit
Health Care Advocacy for ME!

November 14, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME

To register: or 207.592.9972


Maine's Aging Network is hosting a FREE Aging Advocacy Summit on November 14, 2012 to prepare volunteers, staff and advocates to effectively participate in Maine's health care redesign efforts at the local, state and national level.


Older Mainers, their friends and family are invited to attend the Summit to gain the skills and tools needed to be effective health care advocates and to be a part of, or better understand, the health care conversation at the Maine Legislature and in Congress. 


For more information visit:

Senior Driving Summit 
Sponsored by AAA Northern New England and Secretary of State


November 2, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave., Augusta, ME 

No fee to attend 


This summit is an opportunity for health care providers, motor vehicle administrators, educator, legislators, law enforcement, family members, traffic safety professionals, geriatricians, all senior safety advocates to convene and discuss the challenges of senior driver safety and mobility. Topics include the role of the family, law enforcement, physicians, health care providers, resources for education and outreach and continued mobility. 


 Registration Required: Contact Rayette Hudon at 207.780.6988 



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