Dementia Community Calendar June 14, 2019

Celebrate Independence Day with Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama!  Help deserving families caring for an Alzheimer’s patient by sponsoring a July 4th Picnic Basket with your donation of $25!  Each basket will be hand delivered to a family caring for an Alzheimer’s patient by an ACA volunteer.  Over 70% of those we serve have monthly income of less than $1,500, making a basket of food a welcome site! Visit alzca.org/july4 to make a donation of $25 to sponsor a basket. Your donation can be made in honor or memory of someone you love.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is hosting a lecture “Alzheimer’s Disease from A to Z”, 8:30 – 11 am, June 20 at Fairhaven.   ACA executive director, Miller Piggott, will provide info on community resources.  See attached flyer.  Contact AFA at 866-232-8484.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Partners in Care training, Auburn, June 18; and Montgomery June 19. The cost is $95 and comes with a certification as an AFA Dementia Care Partner.  To learn more and to register, https://alzfdn.org/event/afa-partners-care-supporting-individuals-living-dementia-alabama/

Join the Encore Program at Canterbury United Methodist Church Friday, June 21st from 11 -12:30 at Wholefoods on Highway 280, for lunch, dessert, and an early 4th of July celebration! 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.

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) (www.bhibrainhealth.com) will provide a free, confidential memory screening July 2, from 12:30 – 2:00.  Screenings last 10 minutes and consist of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, thinking, and language skills.  Results will not yield a diagnosis and/or replace consultation with qualified health care provider but can provide guidance for further evaluation and treatment.  3125 Independence Drive, Suite 114 in Homewood.  Call 205-757-8947 for an appointment.

Stress Busting Program for Family Caregivers, 90 minute, 9 week course offered by the West Alabama Area Agency on Aging, Centerville, AL.  Starts July 11, at 2.  205-333-2990 or nikki.poe@westal.org.

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.

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 retired from the US Army as a LTC after 23 years of service.  He is a Family Service Counselor with Ridout’s Valley Chapel and a funeral director.  He has been with Dignity Memorial for nine years.  Lunch is free, but 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.


News to know:

Happy Father’s Day!  Click here to read A June 9, 2019 The Advocate Alzheimer’s Q&A about Father’s day gifts that are appropriate for people with dementia. The greatest gift recommended is simply spending time with your loved one, incorporating things that can trigger memories and spark conversation. Schedule activities around the best time of day for him. According to the article, “Focus on him and the present moment you share together and treasure those meaningful connections you can create.”

The Department of Drug Discovery and Development of Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study entitled “Does extra-virgin olive oil prevent mild cognitive impairment conversion to Alzheimer’s disease?”.   The research study will look at brain function, blood biomarkers, and cognitive performance after ingesting olive oil for six months.  See the attached flyer for more information and eligibility requirements or contact the research investigators at kaddoumi@auburn.edu. Compensation is available for your time. See the flyer here.

Celebrating Excellence in Dementia Care:  A June 6, 2019 Tuscaloosa News article highlighted Caring Days Adult Day Care, which earned the “Excellence in Care Dementia Care Program of Distinction” award, for the third time, from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The center serves the local community with programs, support groups and caregiver training. “We are so fortunate to be in the generous and caring community of West Alabama. Over 22 years ago our program started with a little seed money… The quality care for our clients would not exist without many people coming together to help one another,” said Vicki Kerr of Caring Days.  Of the 75 scholarships Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama provides for people with dementia to attend adult day care, 10 attend Caring Days.

With FTD, strange behaviors usually arrive before the forgetfulness.   Click to read Rita Jablonski’s blog-post on frontotemporal degeneration. Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)  Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FGSA is 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.

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Congresswoman Waters and her colleagues in the House and Senate championing families facing Alzheimer’s and related dementias by introducing bipartisan legislation that would allow for the continuation of sales of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Semipostal Stamp for an additional 6 years.  In less than a year and a half on the market, the Alzheimer’s Stamp has raised over $890,000 for NIH funded research for better treatments, prevention and, one day, a cure.  Contact your representatives in the House and Senate and ask them to lend their support for this legislation by signing on as co-sponsors to H.R. 3113 and S. 1728: “To require the United States Postal Service to sell the Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp for 6 additional years.”

Upcoming webinar from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:

June 20th: Making Advance Care Planning Easier

To learn more and to register, click here