text: charting the future: innovation in dementia research, treatment and care

Thursday, September 10, 1-2:15pm
- Virtual Event -

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Charting the Future: Aging in a Covid-19 World is a virtual event that will highlight the present challenges that seniors in Maine face due to the spread of the Coronavirus. Nursing homes, healthcare facilities, and caregivers have had to face the challenge of protecting those they care for. Maine, and many other states with older populations, have scrambled to introduce social distancing and other safety precautions to ensure that the curve is flattened and those most at risk are protected from this virus.

This year we are so pleased to have Nirav Shah, MD, JD who is the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Judy Johanson, Clinical Research Ambassador at Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital as speakers at this event.



Nirav Shah, MD, JD
Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC)

In June 2019, Nirav Shah, MD, JD, was appointed as the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). He brings broad experience in public health to Maine serving most recently as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. While in Illinois, he implemented key initiatives to address the State’s opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning. In addition to being a physician, Dr. Shah is also an attorney and public health economist. He has advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe on improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health Cambodia, where his work included investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist. Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.


Judy Johanson
Clinical Research Ambassador at the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Judy Johanson is Mother to her two grown married children, Nana to four adored grandchildren, and wife/soulmate to her late husband Steve who carried the chains of younger onset Alzheimer’s for nearly seven years. While each roles is cherished, she considers having been the steward of her husband’s care to be one of her most life defining at the moment. With love as their compass, they chose to defy the gravity of Steve’s diagnosis and fly in the face of hopefulness while acknowledging the reality of the parameters that accompany this disease. With guidance from the Alzheimer’s Association and Steve’s remarkable neurologist, they became advocates and used their voices to bring awareness to the challenges surrounding a dementia diagnosis. They invested their energy in research in hopes of leading towards a future without Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Steve’s final gift to science was his brain. Judy now works for the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. This has become a personal and professional passion of hers. She shares their experiences with the hope of helping others.




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Sponsorship for this event will directly benefit the Southern Maine Agency on Aging during this challenging time. If you would like to learn more on becoming a sponsor for this year's Charting the Future, please contact Molly Stokes at 207-396-6547 or mstokes@smaaa.org for more information.

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