MAINAH initiative focuses on brain health and memory loss

Date: 08/28/2019

Alzheimer’s disease affects one in eight Mainers 65 years of age and older, and it is estimated that more than thirteen percent of Mainers will have Alzheimer’s by 2030. Mainers, including those who have no evidence of cognitive impairments or memory loss, have an opportunity to lead the way in preventing and treating the disease.

Led by Northern Light Acadia Hospital and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, Maine’s Initiative for Neurologic Aging & Health (MAINAH) is a statewide longitudinal research study and registry in healthy brain aging, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders. MAINAH brings together biomedical scientists, clinicians, and researchers throughout Maine to study health habits, daily function, cognition, and the risk of cognitive decline over time.

One challenge in finding new treatments is matching patients and their families with appropriate research trials, including healthy people who would also like to help. MAINAH seeks to build a registry of people who would like to keep Mainers independent in old age. MAINAH is open to brain healthy volunteers, people with mild cognitive impairments or memory loss, and people with diagnosed AD or other dementias.
 
If you or someone you know would like to participate, requirements include:

• A willingness to answer a health history and memory questionnaire
• An interest in being in-the-know about brain aging research
• A desire to help
 
If you’re interested in helping Maine become a national model for healthy brain aging and research in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, contact Northern Light Acadia Hospital at MAINAH@northernlight.org or (207) 973-7733. For additional information go to: www.northernlighthealth.org/MAINAH.