Dementia Community Calendar July 12, 2019

Crimson Community Café, sponsored by Cognitive Dynamics Foundation, July 13, 10 – 11:30, at UPerk in Tuscaloosa.  Bring you loved one with dementia for coffee and fellowship.  They will be screening “Do You Know Me Now?”, a 27 minute documentary from Cognitive Dynamics, plus enjoying music and fun!

Live Life in Full Bloom, Ombudsman Seminar, July 16, 9 – 3:30, at the Costal Alabama Community College in Thomasville.  Miller Piggott, ACA executive director will speak on caregiving and dementia.

Caregiver Conference, Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 – 1:30, United Way of Central Alabama Auditorium, 3600 8th Avenue South, Birmingham.  This is a United Way of Central Alabama Area Agency on Aging event.  Call 205-458-3330 or 1-800-age-line.

Legal Bootcamp:  End of Life Planning, July 12, at 11:00, Clanton Senior Center.  Sponsored by M4A.  To register contact Laura King (205) 670-5770.

Join Mike Oliver for the 3rd annual Mike Madness, July 20, at the UAB Recreation Center, and help raise money for Lewy body dementia.  Mike Oliver is opinion columnist who covers health and life issues and his battle with Lewy body dementia for AL.com and on his blog www.myvinylcountdown.com.  Lewy Body is the second leading cause of dementia behind Alzheimer’s disease.   To learn more www.mikemadness.org.

A Break to Educate, July 25, 10 – 1, Northside Medical – Training Room, Pell City.  An M4A event for caregivers, 205-670-5770.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Lunch & Learn, Tuesday, July 30, 11:30 – 1 pm, Somerby, St.Vincent’s 119,Your Life, Your Legacy with Marvin A. Chandler.  Chandler will be offering advice and guidance on making final arrangements.  He is a Family Service Counselor with Ridout’s Valley Chapel and a funeral director.  See attached flyer.  Lunch is free, but space is limited and reservations are required,mpiggott@alzca.org.

Glow for a Cure, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Night Golf Tournament, Friday, August 2, presented by the Jr. Board. 

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.

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:

It’s summer, it’s hot outside, and dehydration can sneak up on a person with dementia. Even “mild” dehydration can cause confusion. Check out these ideas to get a person with dementia to drink more water, from Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FGSA, a nurse practitioner, researcher, tenured professor, and former family caregiver. Her research and practice involve all aspects of dementia management; she is best known for non-drug strategies to address dementia-related behaviors.  How to Get a Person with Dementia to Drink More Water

Have you and your loved one traveled by air lately?  The Dementia-Friendly Airports Working Group is conducting a survey “Traveling With Dementia – Airport Stories Survey” designed to address the unique problems and will hopefully lead to improved services. Take the survey here.  Read more in A July 8, 2019 Alzheimer’s Speaks Blog post

A July 10, 2019 American Academy of Neurology press release spotlighted a new study showing computer use, playing games, crafting and social activities are linked to a lower risk of developing MCI. The timing and number of activities are relevant. “The more activities people engaged in during later life, the less likely they were to develop mild cognitive impairment.  Those who engaged in two activities were 28 percent less likely to develop memory and thinking problems than those who took part in no activities, while those who took part in three activities were 45 percent less likely, those with four activities were 56 percent less likely and those with five activities were 43 percent less likely.”

In a Your Life Your Legacy video, host Brenda Wright spoke with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s advocate Lynda Everman about the Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp, her new book, and her continuing advocacy work. All proceeds from book sales of “Dementia-friendly Worship: A Multi-faith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities” go directly to UsA2 to support the work of ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s and the Faith United Against Alzheimer’s Coalition.