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The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, was incorporated in 1987. Like others whose loved ones become ill with Alzheimer’s, Marilyn Paige, the founder, felt she needed help in assuming her new role as caregiver for her husband who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Unable to find a support network, she started her own support group in February 1982. With a little publicity in the local newspapers, the number of people in her support group soon reached twenty-five.
By 1984, there were 14 support groups in Maine. In the same year, Paige founded the Maine Alzheimer’s Disease Association. In 1987 the organization became affiliated with the National Alzheimer’s Association and was incorporated as the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter. In 1992, the Chapter opened its first office in Scarborough, and in 1993, a part-time Executive Director was hired. The office was relocated to Portland in 1995 and a full-time Executive Director was employed by the Chapter as of January, 1996.
The current chapter staff provides comprehensive education and training programs throughout Maine and a round-the-clock telephone Helpline for information, consultation, referral services and care management services.
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