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zheimer's Association Newsletter

April 2012


In the News...

If it's good for your heart, it's good for your brain. Huffington Post
Our headquarters is MOVING ... new address
moving boxesAs of May 1, 2012, the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter's headquarters will move to 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.  Our Watertown office will be closed on April 27 & 30 to accommodate the move. Our new space will give us the ability to meet the ever-growing demand for educational programs, support groups and training programs. For those who have visited us at our current location, you'll be pleased to learn that there is an abundance of free parking and easy first floor access to our new offices. Phone remains the same; Regional offices remain the same! 
Mark you calendar for our June 26, 2012 OPEN HOUSE.
Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention      April 11
Alzheimer's Disease 2012: Updates on Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
April 11, 2012
Featuring: Dr. Robert Stern, Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Clinical Core Director of the BU Alzheimer's Disease Center at the Boston University School of Medicine.
6:15 pm Registration & Reception
7:00 pm Featured Presentation
Free & Open to the public. Space is limited.
Please reserve your seat by e-mail to Christine Brown or call 508.799.2386.
Location: Quinsigamond Community College, Harrington Learning Center, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA
MAP Through the Maze Conference   April 18
maze logoMap Through the Maze: Conference for Alzheimer's Care Professionals

Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA

May 16, 2012


For those working with individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, "Map" is the place to learn current and cutting-edge approaches to treatment and care. Our keynote expert panel will provide an update on current and cutting edge developments and how these may impact the field of dementia care. For more information on registration, or if you would like to be a Sponsor, Exhibitor, or Poster presenter, Click here. 

 New Program for People with Early Alzheimer's

Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's is an interactive three-part program. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your  life. Participants are encouraged to invite family members or friends to attend the program with them. Upcoming dates: Watertown, MA, May 17 and 31 and June 14 from 5:00-7:00 PM; Worcester, May 22 and 29 and June 5 from 1:30-3:30 PM. Call 800.272.3900 to register.  Topics include:

  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis
  • Coping with changes, making decisions and planning for the future
  • Daily strategies and safety issues
  • Opportunities for supporting research
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease
Harvard Medical School Dementia Update 
Harvard Medical School The Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, is pleased to co-sponsor the annual Harvard Medical School Dementia Update for Medical and Health Care Professionals, May 31-June 1st. Click for more information and registration.  
South Shore Alzheimer Conference   April 11

Relax, Breath, Talk: Strategies for Caregiver's Health

Presented by The Alzheimer's Partnership of the South Shore and featuring Joanne Koenig Coste and Thomas R. Green, MD. FREE for family caregivers. CEUs available. Click for info.

Wednesday April 11, 2012

Oak Point. 200 Oak Point Drive, Middleboro, MA

SE MA Caregiver Conference & Info Fair    April 14

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Place: The White Church (First Christian Congregational Church)

1113 GAR Highway, Swansea, MA

Free for family caregivers. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Partnership of Southeastern Mass. For more info or to register, contact: Sharon E. Martin by e-mail or at 508.679.0144.

Northern Worcester County Spring Forum   April 19

Educational Program for Caregivers and Professionals  April 19th

Fidelity Bank Community Room, Leominster, MA

9:30-10:00 AM Registration & Refreshments

10-11:00 AM Amazing Grace, A Still Sweet Sound: Meeting the

Spiritual Needs of People with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Presenter: Rev. Cheryl Leshay, professional chaplain, ordained minister, educator and experienced caregiver

11:00- 11:30 AM Questions & Answers

Co-Sponsored by: The North Worcester County Alzheimer's Partnership

For info contact Julie McMurray or call 508.799.2386. Click for Info.

Acting on Hope    Pittsfield, MA          April 26

Acting on Hope, hosted by the Berkshire Alzheimer's Partnership

Celebrate Diane Keaton's new book Then Again, about her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's, and watch Annie Hall.

April 26, 5:30 pm, Beacon Cinema, 57 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

For tickets, call 413.499.0691.  Click for more info.

Caregiving Journey   Merrimack Valley       April 28 

Your Caregiving Journey: A Guide for the Future, hosted by the Merrimack Valley Alzheimer's Partnership

April 28, 8 AM-1 PM, Wyndham Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA

For details, contact Kesley Call,, 978-302-4714

Family & Professional Caregiver Workshop    May 5 

Workshop for Family and Professional Caregivers: Understanding and Coping with Alzheimer's Disease


Presented by: The Metro North Alzheimer's Partnership

Key Note Speaker: John Zeisel, PhD, President and Co-founder of the Hearthstone Alzheimer's Family Foundation and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Ltd.

Saturday, May 5, 2012 ; 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Burlington Council on Aging; On-site respite care courtesy Cooperative Elderly Srvices (must pre-register)

Registration at 978.657.7595

Be Part of the Movement to End Alz

Join us in planning your local Walk to End Alzheimer's. Each Walk location has a strong, passionate and dedicated group of volunteers who lead our fundraising and walk day experience efforts. Committee members meet monthly. Times/days vary by Walk location. For more information, contact Sheila Watnick.

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Start a team, join a team or walk as an individual or "Virtual Walker." Register online and raise $50 by May 31 and earn a purple cord and medallion bracelet! Click on the bracelet!
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Steve Martin May 30

Join us for our May 30  Annual Night at the Pops - "Strummin' to End Alzheimer's" featuring nationally-known comedian and musician Steve Martin on May 30.

Buy individual tickets or a table; Become a sponsor; Purchase an ad; Donate an item or a service to the auction. For information contact Sheila Watnick or

 click here.

Strummin' to Beat Alzheimer's 

Memory Ride 2012
Memory Ride logo

July 14, 2012


It's not too early to start training! Join the fast-growing, friendliest ride around--and help fight Alzheimer's. Routes for all ability levels, including a family ride.

Make a Difference
Calling All Advocates!
Upcoming Legislative Breakfast: meet elected officials and tell your story. 

May 11

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke MA  9:15 AM

May 18

Spectrum Adult Day Health North Andover MA 9:00 AM

June 15

Nichols Village

Groveland MA 9:00 AM

Contact Jennifer Carter for more information.

2012 Calendar

Stay tuned to our website for updates.



A Reason To Hope

April 10, 2012


Spirit of Remembrance

April 10, 2012


Run for the Memory / Boston Marathon

April 16, 2012


Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.

April 23-25, 2012


Map Through The Maze

May 16, 2012


Annual Night at the Pops

May 30, 2012


Make the Link / Golf

June 4, 2012



June 26, 2012


Memory Ride

July 14, 2012


World Alzheimer's Day

September 21, 2012


Walk to End Alzheimer's

September, 2012


Our Vision:  a world without Alzheimer's disease.

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