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The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter serves the entire State of Maine from its Scarborough office. There are approximately 27,000 individuals in Maine who are living with Alzheimer's and more than 69,000 providing unpaid care.

Our mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision
A world without Alzheimer's disease.

Financial information

The Maine Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 76 percent of funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.


Maine Chapter Board of Directors

William Jenks, President, (Gorham)
Marlene Costa, Treasurer, (Falmouth)
Robert O' Keefe, Secretary, (North Waterboro)
Dr. Ronald Bailyn (Portland)
Scott Barker (Eliot)
Cynthia Cave (Thomaston)
Felicia Garant, Post Board Chair, (Falmouth)
Rebecca Ness (Portland)
Elisabeth Paine (New Gloucester)
Michelle Santiago (Portland)
Laurie Trenholm, Ex Officio, (Cape Elizabeth)
Marilyn Paige, President Emeritus, (Scarborough)

Our History

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.


Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter is an affiliate member of PACES

Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is a member of Community Health Charities of Maine




Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.