ACA’s Weekly Dementia News, October 9, 2020


Walking to Remember goes virtual as we “Move for Your Memories” to emphasize the importance of exercise and brain health.  Here are easy Steps to support ACA’s services, education and research:

  • Register your Team
  • Wear your Team Captain T-shirt
  • Post your picture on social media
  • Organize your team
  • Ask for donations for ACA

Get MOVING for Your Memories anytime from Sunday, November 1 thru Saturday, November 7.

Turn in your tax deductible donations early and pick up your t-shirt curbside or join us Saturday November 7, for a “Drive By” celebration with music, food and fun for the whole family, 10 – noon at our office in Homewood, (300 Office Park Drive).

“Moving for Your Memories” donors receive a short-sleeved shirt with a minimum $50 donation or a long-sleeved shirt for a minimum $75 donation.  All t-shirts are 100% cotton, comfort colors and will be available while supplies last.

Shoot for a Cure, Tuesday, October 13, 2:00 pm CT,  Red Gym in Trussville.  This fundraiser for ACA is the brainchild of ACA’s Vice President, Doug DeMedicis.  Doug will attempt to make 25 baskets out of 25 shots!  He is pretty good with a basketball and has raised over $39,600 since 2013!  Support Doug’s efforts

Eastern Women of 50 annual golf tournament to benefit ACA, Thursday, October 15, Highland Golf Course, 8 am CT.  For more info  

UsAgainstAlzheimers is hosting the 2020 virtual National Research Summit, October 19-21, here is the registration link

Emotional Wellness webinar, October 20, 10 – noon CT,

Bridging the Family Communication Gap, October 20, noon CT, with Eboni Green, Registered Nurse and caregiver

Non Motor Psychiatric Features of Parkinson’s Disease, October 20 6:00 pm CT, with Ericka McCoy MSN, CRNP, John Hopkins Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Center

Navigating Early on-set Alzheimer’s, October 21, 9:00 am CT, with Diane Darby Beach Ph. D, MPH, gerontologist

This is How we Die, October 27, 1:00 pm CT, with Barbara Karnes, RN, the former Director of Olathe Medical Center’s Hospice and Home Health departments, and is the author of “Gone From My Sight,”

Medication Management webinar, October 27, 1:30 CT,

Navigating Healthcare during uncertain times, October 27, 6:00 pm CT, with Christy Baynes, President and Lead Geriatric Care Manager of Life Care for Seniors, Inc

Stress Management / Isolation and COVID, October 28, noon CT,

Visit AFA’s Facebook page to take part in fun online programs.  Enjoy art, music and movement.   Programs can be viewed at any time during or after the event.

Zoom Support Groups available online:

Alzheimer’s News:

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging worked with the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Memory Center on a guide, Assisting Cognitively Impaired Individuals with Voting: A Quick Guide. The Guide provides tips on assisting people who may have cognitive impairments with voting, along with examples of how to respond to challenges as effectively as possible and within the limits of assistance permitted by election laws.

Thanks to local advocate, Lynda Everman, the #AlzheimersStamp has been reinstated and is now available for purchase at most post offices, online at & by phone at 1-800 STAMP-24.  Read more about Lynda’s advocacy:

The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) brought together 154 senior living industry leaders and issued a new report: Creating a Path Toward the ‘Next Normal’ in Senior Living noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the operations of all senior living organizations, costing jobs, billions in lost revenue and the emerging effects of social isolation, declines in cognitive and physical function and loss of spiritual and social engagement. It laid out six strategies to better serve residents, staff and families.

Through the Helping States Support Families Caring for an Aging America initiative, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is working with states, including Alabama, committed to developing policies or programs to support family caregivers and address the challenges of an aging population

A nationwide study reveals that although many Americans say they want to reduce their risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, they’re largely misinformed when it comes to risk factors beyond genetics and age.  80% of Americans want to reduce their risk of dementia, but only about 35% say they know the symptoms.  READ MORE

We have more control over our thoughts and behaviors than we think. While the brain does adapt on its own, we know there are ways to take matters into our own hands: to awaken, strengthen, create, and even rewire certain neural pathways intentionally in order to boost brain function and overall health.  Even simple swaps to everyday tasks and behaviors can keep your brain on its toes by forcing it to fire up fresh connections. Use your non-dominant hand for manual tasks. Learn to play a musical instrument. Take a new route to the pharmacy. Play memory games. Try reacting to an email with patience instead of exasperation. Practice mindfulness.

How can we differentiate between “normal” aging and mild cognitive impairment, the condition associated with early stages of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s? 

Aging can bring the occasional forgetting of a word or blanking on someone’s name in a conversation from time to time. Being Patient talked to experts about the red flags that can help differentiate typical age-related cognitive changes from early signs of the cognitive decline which may be associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
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The brain has the ability to change and perform more efficiently. Here’s five daily practices you can use to strengthen and increase your brainpower. READ MORE

When the brain has to process excess sugar, energy is taken away from other more necessary brain functions, which could play a role in the development of Alzheimer’sREAD MORE