Dementia Community Calendar July 19, 2019

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama support group, Tuesday, July 23, 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, July 23, 6:30 – 8. 

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 morewww.mikemadness.org.

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

Join the Encore Program at Canterbury United Methodist Church, Friday, July 26, from 11 -12:30, at Wholefoods on Highway 280, for lunch, dessert.  This is a gathering of friendship and love with new and old friends.  It is a safe place for YOU and YOUR loved one to be yourselves and have a little fun!  Lunch of your choosing will be available for purchase and dessert is provided by Encore!  Contact Kristen Snell at encorekristine@gmail.com.

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.  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 at 2 locations.  It is free but reservations are required:

  • Friday, August 2, 9 – 2, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.  1515 6th Avenue South, Birmingham.  RSVP to Dedra Lewis, 205-325-5567.
  • Monday and Tuesday, August 29 – 30, 9 – 3, Rocky Ridge Independent Retirement Living.  3517 Lorna Road, Hoover.  RSVP to Danielle Carlton, 205-989-6500.

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.

 

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:

A July 16, 2019 NBC Nightly News broadcast segment featured journalist, author and UsA2 advocate Greg O’Brien and his son, Connor. Connor remembers his father as the ‘life of the party,’ before his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Dr. Rudi Tanzi at Massachusetts General Hospital is researching the link between inflammation and AD. Tanzi recommends “SHIELD” to prevent inflammation: sufficient Sleep, Handling stress, Interaction with friends, Exercise, Learning new things and a healthy Diet.

According to a July 15, 2019 STAT News Health article, several research groups are sharing new results on various experimental blood tests to screen for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The goal is to develop an inexpensive, non-invasive test that can be applied at regular check-ups. According to the article, a screening test could be as close as three years away. What good will that do without a cure? A poll last year found that most Americans would want to know if they carried a gene tied to a disease even if it was incurable.

A July 17, 2019 NPR Morning Edition radio segment focused on sex differences in the brain and latest thinking about why women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men. New research found that the location(s) of tau in the brain is sex dependent.  Another study found women over age 60 who worked outside of the house (at some point in their life) had slower memory decline than women who had not.

According to a July 16, 2019 Newsweek article, a new study out of Harvard found that even moderate amounts of exercise, around 8,900 steps per day, can slow cognitive decline and brain volume loss in people at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A July 15, 2019 USA Today broadcast segment, hosted by Maria Shriver, shows what millennials are doing to combat Alzheimer’s disease now.