Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama support group, Tuesday, August 27, 11- 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225. For a complete list of support groups, www.alzca.org.
Trussville First Baptist Church support group, Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 – 8.
Crimson Community Café, Saturday, August 24th, 10 – 11:30, UPerk, 405 20th Avenue, Tuscaloosa. Bring your loved one with dementia for coffee and fellowship. Nickie Poe with the West Alabama Area agency on Aging will be talking about community resources. Presented by the Cognitive Dynamics Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Patti Callahan Henry, bestselling author of The Favorite Daughter, on Tuesday, August 27th at 5:30 pm at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. Her story explores the power of memory and the meaning of family in the face of dementia. Proceeds benefit Founders Place, a memory loss respite ministry at St. Luke’s. Tickets are $35 and include a wine and cheese reception & signed copy of The Favorite Daughter. Favorite Daughter event poster www.FoundersPlacePresents.eventbrite.com
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.
Shine a Light on Alzheimer’s Kick Off Luncheon for Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Walk to Remember,Thursday, August 29, 11:30, at Danberry. 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.
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:
Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature’s best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. This TED Talk highlights the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep — and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don’t, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep’s impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code.
Click to read an article from Parents offering insight on talking with children about Alzheimer’s disease.
Local dementia advocate, Lynda Everman shared a reminder that faith communities are uniquely positioned to welcome those living with dementia and their families, to enable worship, support care partners, educate about dementia, promote brain health, and advocate for local and national policies and research funding. Here are 3 resources created by Lynda and Clergy Network and Faith Coalition that can serve as a conversation starter in your congregation:
- Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers, is a collection of personal reflections, stories, songs, prayers, scriptures, and encouraging words written by caregivers of multiple faith traditions to comfort and sustain other caregivers during this most challenging time.
- Dementia-friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities, 45 authors, representing diverse faith traditions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Native American, provide an understanding of the cognitive, communicative and physical abilities of people with dementia and share what chaplains, clergy and lay persons can do to engage them through worship and other spiritual practices. Included are the voices of individuals living with and at risk for dementia.
- Stolen Memories: An Alzheimer’s Stole Ministry & Tallit Initiative comes in. It’s a book with short reflections from 25 clergy members about their experience with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Falls and Home Safety in Alzheimer’s Disease free webinar, September 12. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. To learn more and to register, click here