Dementia Community Calendar June 7, 2019

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama support group, Tuesday, June 11, 11 – 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225. For more information call 205-871-7970.  For a complete list of support groups visit www.alzca.org.

Aging Symposium, June 8, Homewood Library.

Elder Abuse and Fraud Summit, United Way of Central Alabama, June 13, 10 – 3. Click here to register. 

Leeds-Trussville Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Group is offering the Virtual Dementia Tour, Thursday, June 13, at 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Leeds.  Call Bit Thomaston at 205-884-1111.

The Shelby County DHR Adult Protective Services is hosting a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Friday, June 14, at the Pelham Senior Center.  205-669-3006 or ahzshaka.johnson@drh.alabama.gov.

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/

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.

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) (www.bhibrainhealth.com) will provide a free, confidential memory screeningJuly 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. 

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:

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month — one of three months designated to draw attention to the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their 16.1 million family caregivers who, in 2019, will provide an estimated 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care for their loved ones. Alzheimer’s is insidious and begins as many as 20 years before symptoms manifest.  June is a time to raise awareness of lifestyle habits that can reduce your risk of developing cognitive impairment later on. See the attached flyer on “The Eight Pillars of Brain Health.”

Last year the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel spoke at Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s 2018 annual meeting.  She shared the many ways her life has changed since her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.  Click to read her essay,  “A Green Pentecost: On Pastoring with Alzheimer’s,” https://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/a-green-pentecost-on-pastoring-with-alzheimers/

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.”

Check out these tips on home safety for a person with Alzheimer’s.  Click here for the National Institute on Aging room-by-room checklist.

Upcoming webinars from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:

  • June 13th: How Technology Can Enhance Caregiving
  • June 20th: Making Advance Care Planning Easier
  • To learn more and to register, click here