Shoot for a Cure, Friday, September 16, noon. ACA Board President, Doug DeMedicis, is hosting the event at the Red Door Gym in Trussville. Doug will attempt to make 25 free throw shots. Family and supporters can make a donation or pledge per shot made in memory of Doug’s sister, Dale Evans. This will be the 9th annual Shoot for a Cure and the event has raised over $60,000. Doug recently made 95 out of 100 shots – 70 of them consecutive! https://alzca.org/.
Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, webinar with Central Alabama Aging Consortium, September 15, 10 am CT, Webinar Registration – Zoom
M4A Caregiver Stress-Busting Program, Tuesdays, September 20 – October 25, 10 – noon, respite care will be provided. 4804 Hwy 25, Montevallo, 205-670-5770. See attached flyer.
Understanding the Path of Those Who Wander, September 20, 10 – noon CT, sponsored by Central Alabama Aging’s P.A.N.D.A. Project (Providing Alzheimer’s N’ Dementia Assistance) Alzheimer’s Foundation of America | (alzfdn.org)
Benjamin Rose Institute Webinar Understanding Pre-Death Grief of Families Caring for Individuals with Dementia, September 21, 11 – noon.https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3kUWf9BqRdOtLJFiSIQUbA
M4A Break to Educate Family Caregivers, September 23, 9 – noon, 4804 Hwy 25, Montevallo, 205-670-5770. See attached flyer.
Free virtual Dementia Family Conference, September 24, from Due West UMC, will feature local experts: Lynda Everman, Don Wendorf, Ellen and Danny Potts. https://www.lovingthroughdementia.org/2022dementiafamilyconference.html
September Webinars from Alabama Lifespan Respite: https://alabamarespite.org/events2/
In-person and zoom Support Groups:
- ACA’s group with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, September 13, 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 Betsy Smith, Smith35213@gmail.com
- West Alabama Area Agency on Aging, Caregiver Support Group, Tuesdays, contact Nikki Poe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Oaks on Parkwood, 4th Tuesday’s, 10:00 am, Contact: Karen Glover, email@example.com.
- CJFS CARES, Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, contact Pam Leonard, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County, 3rd Tuesday of each month 11:30-12:30, contact Valarie Lawson, email@example.com
- M4A, 2nd Thursday’s, noon – 1 pm. Contact Crystal Whitehead, firstname.lastname@example.org
- M4A, 3rd Wednesday’s 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Contact Crystal Whitehead, email@example.com
- Asbury United Methodist Church 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:00, contact Maggie Dunaway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get a FREE issue of Preserving Your Memory® magazine! Preserving Your Memory® Magazine – Free Copy | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (alzinfo.org)
Get a free subscription to Alzheimer’s Today from Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: https://alzfdn.org/media-center/alztoday/3330-2/
Read or order a free copy of the NIA’s new tip sheet and explore healthy lifestyle choices that may help lower your risk of dementia.
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia, Being Patient would like you to take a quick survey about your experiences with medical care and getting a diagnosis. Being Patient Diagnosis Survey (google.com)
Could the Keto Diet help with Alzheimer’s? Nutritionist Ed Blonz takes a closer look at the science behind ketogenic eating, brain health and dementia prevention. One conclusion: a ketogenic diet thwarts eating a lot of nutrients (fruits and whole grains) so while relying on a ketogenic diet might provide some short-term benefits, it would likely mess things up in the long run. One of the accepted tenets in the battle against Alzheimer’s is to focus on the health of the heart and vascular system to help prevent Alzheimer’s, or slow its progression. What is good for the heart is good for the brain. Why a Keto Diet for Alzheimer’s May Do More Harm Than Good (beingpatient.com)
People with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia might accuse those closest to them of terrible things or believe that other bad things are happening. There are some cases of true abuse, but many of these false accusations and beliefs are caused by dementia delusions – firmly held beliefs that aren’t real. DailyCaring explains why using logic and reason doesn’t work and offers ideas for responding to 4 top dementia delusions: abuse, you’re a stranger, someone’s after me, and there are bugs everywhere. How to Respond to Dementia Delusions: Abuse, You’re a Stranger, Someone’s After Me, Bugs Everywhere – DailyCaring
A new study shows that for many people in middle age, worries about a failing memory may or may not be cause for special concern. It found that people over 50 with subjective cognitive decline, or SCD, a nagging sense that the memory is failing even when medical tests do not show signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia years down the road. The risk of developing dementia was particularly high in those with short-term memory complaints along with a history of depression. Does the Caregiver Also Need Care? | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (alzinfo.org)
Being Patient reported on the possibility of using ultrasound for early detection of Alzheimer’s-related abnormalities — like beta-amyloid plaques — inside the brain. The method uses contrast made up of tiny microbubbles to detect for a change in sound waves that translate detectable vibrations into an image. Although still being studied in mouse models, if a technique such as ultrasound is approved by the FDA for early detection, it would be yet another way of detecting abnormalities in the brain early. Could Ultrasound Help Detect Alzheimer’s Early? – Being Patient
According to a recent survey conducted by The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement (WAM) at the Cleveland Clinic, the majority of American women are unaware of critical issues that can significantly affect their long-term health. For example, results showed that 82% of women do not know they are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s, even though nearly two-thirds of people diagnosed are women. Researchers also found that 73% of women have not talked about their cognitive health with their doctors, and 62% of women have not talked about menopause or perimenopause. https://parade.com/1402793/kaitlin-vogel/women-alzheimers-risk-survey/
Researchers at the University of Oxford published a new study in The Lancet Psychiatry which tracked post-COVID risk over the course of two years in 1.2 million people.The results were alarming, showing that, for a certain subset of people who recovered from COVID-19 two years ago, the chances of developing dementia rose from a 10-percent chance to a 13-percent chance — a one-third increase — along with statistically significant higher risk for other cognitive issues, from seizures to psychotic disorders. Two Years After COVID-19, Dementia Risk Spikes – Being Patient