Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Dementia Community Info May 29, 2020

Join ACA for a conversation with Dr. Renee Harmon on Mapping the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Thursday, June 4, at 1 pm.  Renee is a physician and was a caregiver for her husband Harvey who had early onset dementia. Her weekly blog is a wealth of information, inspiration and support for caregivers.  ACA’s newsletter features an article by Renee on Living Differently with Covid-19.

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Join ACA Tuesday, June 9th, at 11 am, for a conversation with Alabama experts on covid 19 care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Details to follow.

Calendar:

Lifespan Respite is providing a FREE online training on Caregiving and Mental Health. They have education stipends or care packages at completion of the training.  Follow the link below to access pre-test, training, and post-test. Everything must be submitted by May 31, 2020.https://alabamarespite.org/event/caregiver-education-topic-caregiving-and-mental-health/

Nurturing What Remains, Monday, June 1, at noon.

Enhancing Self Compassion with Dale Atkins. PhD, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America webinar, Tuesday, June 2, at noon.  Self-compassion while caregiving plays a critical role in helping us develop and sustain healthy self-care practices. This webinar will teach you how to tune into your inner voice and take care of yourself in meaningful ways. https://alzfdn.org/event/webinar-enhancing-self-compassion/

M4A Coffee Break June 3, 1 pm on Music Therapy.  Contact Jennifer Fuller, jfuller@m4A.org or join here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/175256000430600/

The Central Alabama Aging Consortium and Dementia Friendly Alabama are hosting Caregiver Facebook Live Events every Friday afternoon at 1 pm.  Topics include COVID 19, activities during isolation and dementia resources.https://www.facebook.com/DementiaFriendlyAL/

Be Brain Powerful® LIVE is a weekly virtual event series by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.  Each week they are hosting a new episode with a different expert, presenting the best ways to promote brain health and stay engaged.  These episodes are free, streaming LIVE on Facebook and Zoom, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm. If you’d like to register: click here.

Zoom Support Groups available online:

Alzheimer’s News:

Women Alzheimer’s Movement  released a new report on the state of women, Alzheimer’s and dementia, in partnership with AARP. “It’s Time to Act” is a 10-year follow up to The Shriver Report, and examines where we are today–and where we need to go–to finally answer the question of why Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women. Turns out, we still face challenges in getting to that answer, but the good news is, we’re making progress. And thanks to your support, WAM has been at the forefront of much of it. Here’s the report for you to enjoy–hot off the press!

Reflecting on the Uncounted Victims of COVID-19 on the National Day of Prayer.  There are  15,600 nursing homes in the United States where some 1.3 million people are cared for by approximately 1,460,000 employees. https://www.usagainstalzheimers.org/blog/reflecting-uncounted-victims-covid-19-national-day-prayer

“These are things that I know: my short-term memory is pretty compromised. I am having a hard time reminding myself to be really good about washing my hands and using Purell and all of that stuff. And I get scared. I get obsessed with watching the TV and then I get scared. Like a lot of senior citizens, I don’t like to think of myself as a senior citizen. But I too had bronchitis recently, and I don’t like to think of myself being in that at-risk population. But I know that I am. And I know that if I get sick it’s going to be really hard.”  Read more from Reverend Tracey Lind and Greg O’Brien  who have dementia.   https://www.usagainstalzheimers.org/blog/anger-and-hope-living-dementia-during-covid-19

Always Best Care has covid certified CNA’s and is accepting covid positive clients.  205-874-9730.

Poor hearing is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now a new study reports that poor vision may likewise increase your risk of developing dementia. The findings underscore the importance of getting regular vision and hearing checks to help keep the brain in optimal health.

https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/caregiving/poor-vision-may-increase-your-risk-of-dementia/?awt_a=2MTD&awt_l=PbANV&awt_m=IetaaDdRdNclTD

A new flyer from the Eldercare Locator and engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults helps ensure that older adults have the information, resources and tips they need to stay connected to the community during the COVID-19 national health crisis,thereby avoiding the negative health effects of social isolation and loneliness. Download the flyer in English and Spanish.

Dementia Friendly Activities:  

In times of isolation, art is even more important to lift the spirit. Here is a FREE resource to infuse the arts into your dementia caregiving routine, at home or in a retirement community. Learn from internationally renowned master teaching-artists how to conduct art, music, dance, poetry and drama activities with people who are living with dementia. Each lesson consists of short videos that you can adapt.

ACA is partnering with LifeBio to create The Memory Project:  Reminiscing Made Fun: Here’s a truly engaging activity that the whole family can enjoy, even from a distance.  Today is the day to begin to record your life story or your family member’s story.  LifeBio helps people ask the right questions to bring out the best memories and stories with the ultimate goal of creating a lasting and priceless legacy. Visit https://alzca.org/lifebio/ to learn more and receive a discount.  ACA scholarships are also available. 

Stay tuned!  Our regular schedule of support groups, education events and fundraisers will resume as soon as possible!!

  1. Friday, July 31, Glow for a Cure Golf Tournament, Jr. Board
  2. Friday, September 25, Garden Art Party
  3. Tuesday, September 29, Lunch & Learn
  4. October 15, Eastern Women of 50 golf tournament benefits ACA
  5. Saturday, November 7, Walking to Remember
  6. Sunday, November 8, Day of Prayer