Dementia Community Calendar April 5, 2019

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s present: Be Brain PowerfulTM A Campaign for Women’s Brain Health, starting April 2.  Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama is collaborating with the Be Brain Powerful campaign to encourage women everywhere to take the 30-Day Brain Health Challenge – 30 days of tips on steps you can take to keep your brain healthy. You can join any time.https://bebrainpowerful.org/home-1/#join-us

Casino Night, fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Saturday, April 27, 2 – 4, at Rittenhouse, 570 Southland Drive. rwilkes@rittenhouseal.comSee attached flyer.

Caring Days Adult Day Care is hosting the 2nd annual Ride Down Memory Lane motorcycle ride, Saturday, April 27, in Tuscaloosa.  It’s not a poker run, but includes a new card game that will result in 2 grand prize winners.  The ride will end at Caring Days where there will be entertainment, lunch, t-shirts and prizes.  The cost is $35 and $10 for passengers.  See attached flyer.  Call Caring days at 752-6840 or www.caringdays.org

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Lunch & Learn, April 30, 11:30 – 1 pm, Brookdale University Park, with Rita Cowell, PhD, on “What our genes can tell us about Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Rita is a Fellow and Chair of the Neuroscience Department within the Drug Discovery Division at Southern Research. She maintains an independently-funded research program, while overseeing the Neuroscience Department with the mission of discovering novel, mechanism-based approaches to treat individuals with neurodegenerative disorders. The research in the Cowell Lab focuses on neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Please rsvp to mpiggott@alzca.org.  

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) (www.bhibrainhealth.com) will provide a free, confidential memory screening May 7, between 12:30 – 2:00.  Screenings last 10 minutes and consist of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, thinking, and language skills. Results will not yield a diagnosis and/or replace consultation with qualified health care provider but can provide guidance for further evaluation and treatment.  3125 Independence Drive, Suite 114 in Homewood.  Call 205-757-8947 for an appointment.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Garden Art Party, Love in the Garden, Saturday, May 11, Iron City, 7 – 10.  Live and silent auction, featuring over 300 items including art, jewelry, trips, home décor, food and sports packages.  Support ACA’s services by attending the event or by donating to the auction.

Caregivers Day Out!  Thursday, May 23, Beulah Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, 10 – 2.  The West Alabama Area Agency on Aging wants to celebrate you at Caregivers Day Out! Call 205-333-2990 ext. 2013 to register. 

News to know:

Celebrate spring with Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama!  Help deserving families on our services programs by sponsoring an Easter basket with a donation of $25.  Each basket will be delivered by an ACA volunteer.  To donate www.alzca.org or call 205-871-7970.

Bill Gates, the second-richest man in the world, is backing an effort to build better ways to diagnose and track Alzheimer’s disease. Now, he’s helped sign Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, to support the Diagnostic Accelerator “venture philanthropy” project at the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.  “It’s hard to overstate how important finding a reliable, affordable, and easy-to-use diagnostic is for stopping Alzheimer’s,” Gates wrote in a post on his blog, pointing to technologies on the horizon that could involve simple blood tests or analyses of voice recordings to spot early signs of the disease.

CJFS CARES has moved to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cahaba Heights!  Check it out here:

https://www.al.com/life/2019/02/kids-keep-dementia-patients-lively.html

A respite program offering cognitive, social, and physical engagement while providing caregivers a break, CARES has a limited number of openings for new participants. Please contact Pam Leonard,pam@cjfsbham.org or 205-879-3438 for more information.  Scholarships available.

Founders Place is a new respite ministry program for adults with memory loss opening April 30 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Hours of operation will be 10:00-2:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cognitive-enhancing activities in visual art, movement, and music offered in an atmosphere of joy and love. All are welcome!  Cost is $40/day.  Scholarships available.  Eligibility guidelines and registration:  www.saint-lukes.com, foundersplace@saint-lukes.com. 205.802.6217

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America free webinar, “Sexuality in Long-Term Care.” April 11, at noon. The webinar will address how dementia may effect consent in nursing homes regarding issues around sexuality and its manifestations. Register here.

Register for the free virtual “Advances in Alzheimer’s Research 2019 ONLINE SYMPOSIUM” from Technology Networks, which will highlight some of the most exciting research being conducted into Alzheimer’s disease. May 29, 2019. Register here.