Weekly Dementia Community Calendar October 18, 2019

Alzheimer’s in Alabama:  Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s annual conference, Friday, October 18, Canterbury United Methodist Church, 8:30 – 3.  The cost to attend is $15 or $35 for those needing CEUs.  Presenting Sponsor:  Medical Properties Trust.  To see full conference agenda: https://alzca.org/conference/

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama support group, Tuesday, October 22, 11- 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225.  For a complete list of support groups, www.alzca.org.

Trussville First Baptist Church support group, Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 – 8.

Free, confidential memory screening, October 23, 9 – 2, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, 1515 6th Avenue South.  Sponsored by the Jefferson County Community Services & Workforce Development Senior Services Division.  Call Dedra Lewis, 205-325-5567.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, October 29,  Navigating Grief, Especially During the Holidays, with Matthew Bunt, M.Ed., LPC-S, Outreach Coordinator, at The Amelia Center, Brookdale University Park, Gazebo Room, 11:30 – 1 pm.  Presented by Medical Properties Trust.  Brookdale University Park.  Lunch is free but reservations are required, mpiggott@alzca.orgSee attached flyer.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Walking to Remember, Saturday, November 2, inside the Riverchase Galleria, 8 am.  Join with family and friends to Shine a Light on Alzheimer’s  at this fun 3 mile indoor walk (or a distance that suits you).  Walk in honor of memory of your loved one.  Walkers raising a minimum of $50 receive a t-shirt.  https://alzca.org/walking/ for more info.

Kirkwood by the River Chile Cook Off benefiting Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Friday, November 8, 11 – 1.  See attached flyer.  www.kirkwoodbytheriver.com or (205) 956-2184.

Statewide Day of Prayer and Remembrance, Sunday, November 10.

Homewood Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel for Sunday school and worship on Sunday, November 10, in honor of the Day of Prayer.  Perhaps we can best learn about Alzheimer’s from someone living with the diagnosis.  Click to read Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel’s essay,  “A Green Pentecost: On Pastoring with Alzheimer’s,”


Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Annual Meeting and Candle Lighting Service, Thursday, November 14, Vestavia Hill Library, 6 – 7:30.  Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, will explore lessons he learned through his care partnership with his late father, Lester that transformed his life and medical practice.  A Tuscaloosa neurologist and former ACA board member, Dr. Potts practices neurology at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. Along with his wife, Ellen W. Potts, MBA, he authored A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver.  Join us to hear, “Souls Shine Forth: Sharing the Light Of Personhood Through Relationships In Dementia Care”.

Virtual Dementia Tour, November 15, 9 – 2.  Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, 1515 6th Avenue South.  Sponsored by the Jefferson County Community Services & Workforce Development Senior Services Division.  Call Dedra Lewis, 205-325-5567.

Pancake breakfast benefiting Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Friday, November 15, St. Martin’s. 

Living Well with Dementia, workshop with Dr. Al Power who wrote Dementia Beyond Drugs and Dementia Beyond Disease, Tuesday, November 19, at Canterbury United Methodist Church, 9 – noon.  Contact Valerie Boyd at (205) 874-1523 or valerie.boyd@canternuryumc.org.  See attached flyer.

News to know:

An October 14, 2019 Next Avenue article suggested that Alzheimer’s and other dementias may provide temporary, or even permanent, positive impacts, including healing long-standing family rifts. According to the article, “Granted, such beneficial outcomes are likely more the exception than the rule. But increased awareness and improved communication around these diseases are helping many spouses and children cope, and sometimes find some light in the darkness.”

An October 15, 2019 U.S. News article looked at best ways to treat behavioral changes that may accompany dementia such as depression, mood swings, aggression, or not recognizing loved ones. A new study from Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital-Unity Health in Toronto found that non-drug treatments may be the best medicine to alleviate these symptoms, including massage, outdoor activities, exercise, music therapy and cognitive stimulation.

An October 15, 2019 UsAgainstAlzheimer’s release spotlighted a new UsA2/A-LIST and Mayo Clinic joint research paper identifying best practices for involving family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia in clinical appointments. According to the release, “This research provides a unique perspective on the often-overlooked views of patients and their caregivers of a medical appointment experienced through the lens of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, their caregivers and physicians.”

The A-List has just launched a new survey on brain health to help researchers and doctors understand what we know and expect. The A-List is an UsAgainstAlzheimer’s initiative that empowers patients and families to transform Alzheimer’s research through online surveys. It is a first-of-its-kind online community of Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers that is approved by an Institutional Review Board to give results credibility, and all data is stored in a private, HIPAA-compliant database.

It also means that when you click the link to take the survey, the page it takes you to will be a consent form with a lot of language about the importance of consenting to participate in this research study. This consent form – and your reading of it – will take a little longer than the typical survey that we send you. Taking the extra few minutes to read through the form and sign on will help give the results of this survey the credibility to ensure your voice is heard by people working on Alzheimer’s cures.

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