Dementia Community Calendar August 9, 2019

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama support group, Tuesday, August 13, 11- 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225.  For a complete list of support groups, www.alzca.org.

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.   

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

The Virtual Dementia Tour is being offered Monday and Tuesday, August 27 – 29, 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.

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:

An August 2, 2019 Defender Of Caregivers podcast interviewed local Alzheimer’s advocates, Dr. Don Wendorf and Lynda Everman, about their Alzheimer’s advocacy work on the AD semipostal stamp, and writing books. All proceeds from the semipostal stamp are designated for research at the National Institutes of Health. All proceeds from “Dementia-friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities,” and “Stolen Memories: An Alzheimer’s Stole Ministry and Tallit Initiative” go directly to support the work of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s  FaithUnitedAgainstAlzheimer’s Coalition.

The Alabama Department of Public Health needs your assistance in identifying the health care issues and challenges in your community. Knowing what you consider to be the most important issues will help them to serve you better in the future. Please respond by August 15. This survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.https://bit.ly/2UT5h1L

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Search for clinical trials and studies near you with NIA’s clinical trials finder.

20 Reasons Why We Need to Know the Early Life History of People Living With Dementia by Elion Caspi,  reprinted from ChangingAging and The Eden Alternative. Good food for thought about providing compassionate care.   Read the entire blog

An August 1, 2019 The New York Times article reported that Washington University scientists have developed the most sensitive blood test to-date to detect beta amyloid, a major hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The new test, which will not be available for clinical use for years, identified amyloid deposits before brain scans did.