ACA’s Weekly Dementia News, September 4, 2020

Calendar:

ACA’s annual Walk will be virtual, the first week in November.  To learn more about Move for your Memories visit our website www.alzca.organd click on the Walking to Remember icon to review the details – including how to get your free Team Leader t-shirts (order by Monday, August 24).  Or go directly to www.alzca.org/walk-team-registration

Home Instead webinars, every Tuesday and Thursday, noon – 1 CT, with Jay Jones.  1.2 Nursing/1.0 SW Alabama Continuing Education Units, Pre-Register for ZOOM passcode @ stayhomeinstead1@gmail.com

  • Sept 8 – “House Calls- They Are Back”
  • Sept 15 – “Creative Engagement: Meaningful Environments & Activities for Individuals with Memory   Care Issues”
  • Sept 17 – MSSO – “Common Legal Issues in Healthcare” Lyndsie Curry, J.D.
  • Sept 22 – “Preventive Health Under The Affordable Care Act”
  • Sept 24 – “Protecting Seniors from Fraud: Current Trends”
  • Sept 29 -“Omega 3 – Value of Supplements”

Smart Solution Assistive Technology Workshop for caregiver, Tuesday, September 15, 1:00 – 2:00,  CT.  Alabama Respite welcomes Kevin Braswell of Smart Solutions for this virtual workshop on total home assistive technologies (AT) and provide resources to access AT financial waiver assistance.  Register by Sept. 11, bhuey@ucphuntsville.org or call Brittney at 256-859-8300.

Setting Boundaries as a Caregiver, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 9-10 a.m CT.
The Emotional Side of Caregiving,  Monday, Sept. 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m CT.

Alabama Lifespan Respite Webinars with South Alabama Training Specialist Vonda Reeves.  Visit alabamarespite.org for registration and additional information!

M4A is offering free online training the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 10:00 am – 11:30.  CEU’s offered.  For more info: https://mailchi.mp/eea68af4b62f/scehhrgant-7873502?e=029e09a760​

September 16:  Documents and Property Arrangements to Prepare for Death & Disability

The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement  is sharing a documentary series with you, Alzheimer’s – The Science of Prevention.   It was produced by neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D, and will give you the inside scoop on how and what to do for your long-term cognitive health.  The series is available, from September 9th – 20th.  Register here to watch this series for free and learn from leading experts in brain science.

New CJFS Virtual Bereavement Support Group, first meeting, 1 pm CT, Thursday, October 8.  To learn more contact Gail Schuster,gail@cjfsbham.org or 205-879-3438.

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

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:

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.  Dr. Danny Pott’s shares some words of wisdom.  Visit his blog to read his poetry, see his beautiful photographs and learn more from his wisdom. https://danielcpotts.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/world-alzheimers-month/

  • The first person to survive Alzheimer’s disease likely will be in a clinical trial. Please support research.
  • There are no human “shells.” There are only human beings. Please honor the personhood of those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  • Search for ways to show persons living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias back to themselves.
  • Honor and support caregivers/care partners in tangible ways.
  • Hold politicians accountable to adequately fund research and care support.
  • Persons living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are still living. Don’t regard them as dead.
  • Pray for persons living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, caregivers/care partners, healthcare workers and other care professionals, policy-makers, researchers, and advocates.

Dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be challenging, both for the person diagnosed and for their loved ones.   Eugenia Zukerman was diagnosed at 72 with early-onset Alzheimer’s.  She is an internationally renowned flutist, a former correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and the author of multiple novels, screenplays and book reviews.  Her latest book, Like Falling Through a Cloud,” is a collection of poetry about her experiences and perspectives following her Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  Being Patient spoke with Zukerman about how her poetry has helped her to better understand her own journey with the disease — and to inspire others.  Learn more

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is thrilled to announce that Mandy Moore, whose character Rebecca on This is Us has personalized Alzheimer’s and dementia for millions of people, will serve as the national ambassador of the Be Brain Powerful® campaign. The campaign aims to inspire women to live brain healthy lifestyles.  This news first broke in this exclusive story with TODAY.com

Sign up for the 30-Day brain health challenge at www.bebrainpowerful.org. The campaign focuses on six pillars of brain health: Staying active, eating well, controlling risk, resting well and getting good sleep, exercising your brain with new and stimulating activities and staying connected with friends and family.

Read the letter sent from AARP Alabama’s State Director, Candi Williams, to Governor Kay Ivey, as well as leaders at the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Senior Services.   As the coronavirus pandemic reaches nearly six months, nursing homes in Alabama now account for 37% of all deaths from COVID-19 in our state. AARP Alabama continues to push for transparency and accountability on behalf of vulnerable residents and their concerned families.  Read More  

While women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men, accounting for two-thirds of the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the two sexes experience different trajectories when they have the disease.  Not only do women with Alzheimer’s experience less severe symptoms early on, but they also live longer than men with Alzheimer’s. Researchers have found a chromosomal clue as to why.  Learn more

Read NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet to learn the basics and get answers to common questions.  Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet, available in both English and Spanish.

COVID-19 has brought new and compounded challenges for families facing FTD. The Summer 2020 issue of AFTD News spotlights the resiliency of those who are continuing to bring help and hope even amidst these difficulties.