Dementia Community Calendar August 2, 2019

Glow for a Cure, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Night Golf Tournament, Friday, August 2, presented by the Jr. Board.  All proceeds will benefit Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program in Alzheimer’s research at UAB.  Spectator tickets are available for $25 and include a taco buffet and live music.  See attached flyer or vholder@alzca.org.  

The Virtual Dementia Tour is being offered Monday and Tuesday, August 29 – 30, 9 – 3, Rocky Ridge Independent Retirement Living.  3517 Lorna Road, Hoover.  RSVP to Danielle Carlton, 205-989-6500.  It’s free but reservations are required.  The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®) is the original and ground-breaking, evidence-based and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams®.  Sponsored by the Jefferson County Services and Workforce Development Senior Services Division.

Dementia Care Workshop, Friday, August 9, 9 – noon, Canterbury United Methodist Church.  Hear Mel Coppola, a Certified Educator and Mentor with the Eden Alternative, speak on the seven domains of well-being and how to apply this person centered approach to our friends living with dementia. To RSVP, please contact Valerie Boyd at 874-1523 or email Valerie.boyd@canterburyumc.orgSee attached flyer.

The Canterbury-Beeson Forum on Aging, Saturday, August 10, 8:15 – 3:45, Canterbury United Methodist Church.  This is our community’s largest seminar on aging and will feature Mike Oliver & Rev. Catherine Oliver, RN, on “Life with the Lewy”.  For more information, contact Jennifer Brasher / 871-4695 /beeson@canterburyumc.orgSee attached flyer.

Elder Care Conference, Saturday, August 17, 8 – noon, First Baptist Church, Trussville.  Panel includes experts legal issues and community resources.  There is no charge to attend.  See attached flyer.      

Walk to Remember, benefitting Caring Days Adult Day Care Center, August 17, 10 – 11:30, inside University Mall, Tuscaloosa.  205-752-6840 or www.caringdays.org.

New Alzheimer’s & dementia support group, Tuesday, August 20, 5:30 – 6:30, Lakeview Estates, 2634 Valleydale Road.  205-981-0001.   

17th Annual Caddell Alzheimer’s Conference, Tuesday, August 27, Epic Church, Decatur.  Excellent line up of speakers.  256-353-1160 or www.mhainmc.net.  Benefits MHA Alzheimer’s program.  See attached flyer.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Walking to Remember Kick Off luncheon, Thursday, August 29, 11:30, at Danbury.  Join us to learn more about the services and programs provided by ACA.  Sign up to be a team captain and gather your friends and family to Walk with you Saturday, November 2, inside the Riverchase Galleria. vholder@alzca.org.

Alzheimer’s in Alabama:  Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s annual conference, Friday, October 18, Canterbury United Methodist Church.  Our special guest will be Jamie Tyrone, who is in a rare group of only 2% of the population who carry 2 copies of the ApoE4 gene, which means she has a 91% chance of developing Alzheimer’s.  Click to learn more about her new book, Fighting For My Life” Mark your calendar and make plans to join us.  Details to follow.

News to know:

A July 25, 2019 Psychology Today blog post by journalist, author and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s advocate Greg O’Brien explored finding grace and unexpected blessings in having Alzheimer’s disease. O’Brien, who has early-onset AD, said “My journey, as with the voyage of others, is not just about Alzheimer’s and a cure; it’s about reaching for faith in this disease when medicine, at the moment, cannot fix it. It’s about the spiritual side of life, looking into the mirror, confronting my imperfections, my demons, and knowing that I am forgiven. It’s about healing in every sense of the word, about walking toward eternity with dignity. The Lord, I believe, often picks the best sinners to help lead the way. No surprise that it’s become my assignment.”

A July 25, 2019 Being Patient “Leaving Alzheimer’s Behind” short documentary featured Peter Berry sharing his personal experience with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. “I ought to do something to show the world that life’s not over with dementia, so I decided to cycle across the country. When I go cycling, I leave my dementia at home, it’s no longer in control of me… There’s the old saying that you ‘only live once.’ Well, that’s actually rubbish. You only die once, you live every day,” said Berry.

The Senate has reached a budget deal and now is a critical time to make sure key members,  like Alabama’s Senator Shelby, hear from the Alzheimer’s community about research appropriations.Attached is a template letter for Sen. Shelby urging his support of an increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research. Please send the attached letter – with any edits you see fit – with your signature to Shannon Hines at shannon_hines@appro.senate.gov.

When talking to relatives about care options, keep the door open to different types of care including long-term care facilities or staying at home. Learn more from the National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/planning-long-term-care