Alabama Respite Webinars, register at alabamarespite.org:
- The Power of Laughter, September 7, 1 pm
- Who should be a Caregivers, September 11, 10 am
- Art of Grace, September 14, 6 pm
- Weighing Your Options as a Family, Part I, September 18, 10 am
- Weighing Your Options as a Family, Part II, September 25, 10 am
- Understanding Alzheimer’s, September 28, 10 am
WEBINAR: The Role of Neuropalliative Care in FTD. How can neuropalliative care support individuals and families with FTD? This AFTD Educational Webinar will define neuropalliative care and its role in managing FTD symptoms and improving quality of life. Friday, September 17, 11 am CT. Registration (gotowebinar.com)
New Support Group! The Oaks on Parkway, Tuesday, September 28, at 10:00 am, in the activity room called Nolan Hall. For more info contact: Karen Glover, email@example.com.
In-person and zoom Support Groups:
- ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, September 7, 11 – noon CT. Call (205) 871-7970 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86450491838
- CJFS CARES, Mondays at 3 pm, contact Pam Leonard, email@example.com.
- Founders Place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday’s at 10 am, contact Susan Logan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pell City, (in person)-1st Tuesday of each month, 11:00 am, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Parish Hall, Cropwell. Contact Bit Thomaston, Ethomaston50@gmail.com
- West Alabama Area Agency on Aging, Caregiver Support Group, Tuesdays, contact Nikki Poe, email@example.com.
- CJFS CARES, Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, contact Pam Leonard, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- · Leeds, (in person) 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm, St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, contact Bit Thomaston,email@example.com
- United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County, 3rd Tuesday of each month 11:30-12:30, contact Valarie Lawson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Asbury United Methodist Church 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:00, contact Maggie Dunaway at email@example.com.
This year marks a decade of advocacy, as supporters observe the 10th World Alzheimer’s Month. Organized by Alzheimer’s Disease International, known as ADI, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is observed each September, giving people from around the globe an opportunity to come together to heighten awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and push back against stigmas around dementia, on behalf of the estimated 50 million people worldwide who are believed to be living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Watch the UAB School of Medicine Webinar: Alzheimer’s 101—the basics, the research, the pathway to caring for your loved one: here. UAB is always looking for volunteers to participate in the Brain Aging & Memory in the South (BAMS) study. If you would like to participate or learn more, click here.
Listen to Alzheimer’s advocate and Tuscaloosa neurologist, Dr. Danny Potts. Based on his experience as a caregiver and physician, he believes the core, essence and soul of the person always remains, even in the final stages of dementia. Moreover, that personhood can be accessed to some extent if we are willing to grow in compassion and empathy. https://player.captivate.fm/episode/33e0805d-64ac-4146-bd5c-b47600743822/?fbclid=IwAR1oTMQMrl0C8HKqcHkOgIxhuwqxbs5PieikQ9vvAFXSs3yG-NcVbJbh-As
“At first, I didn’t recognize the signs of dementia – mostly, her uncharacteristic silence during a lively lunch gathering, as if someone had turned down the dimmer switch on her sparkly personality”. Read Bonnie Miller Rubin’s article about her friend of 30 years developing Alzheimer’s Losing My College Roommate to Dementia | Next Avenue
As Alzheimer’s progresses, it may lead to sleeping problems that disrupt the daily routine of both the person and their caregivers. The person may experience various sleep disturbances, including shorter or fragmented sleep, changes to their sleep cycle, and sleep disorders. This article looks at how and why Alzheimer’s affects sleep. It also provides some sleep management tips that may help with sleep issues relating to Alzheimer’s. How does Alzheimer’s affect sleep? (medicalnewstoday.com)
A team of international researchers scanned the brains of almost 750 members of the Tsimane people in Bolivia and found that, despite more inflammation, their brains actually age more slowly than people in western countries. In fact, the decrease in age-related brain atrophy was a whopping 70 percent lower than their counterparts in, for example, the U.S. The study is particularly interesting because the Tsimane people live a very tribal existence, eating a high-fiber diet of fruit, vegetables, lean meats and fish, and walking 7.5 miles per day. The high saturated fats and packaged foods common in an industrialized lifestyle doesn’t exist in this unplugged lifestyle. What Can We Learn From Amazonian Tribes’ Younger, Healthier Brains? – Being Patient