Dementia Community Calendar March 15, 2019

The Alabama Cares Program at M4A is hosting a Caregiver Lunch and Learn, March 21,  from 9 am – 2 pm at the Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster.  ACA Executive Director, Miller Piggott will be speaking, on The Restless Days and Endless Nights of Alzheimer’s.  For more information contact Rebecca Walden, 205-670-5770 or

First Baptist Church Trussville is hosting a Health and Wellness Event, March 21, 2 – 6.  ACA Executive Director, Miller Piggott will be speaking on The Restless Days and Endless Nights of Alzheimer’s. For more information contact Gail Stewart,

The Red Mountain Theater Company is performing, Maid’s Door, a play with an Alzheimer’s theme, as part of their Human Rights New Works Festival, Thursday, March 21, at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre.  The show starts at 7:30 and runs approximately two hours with a panel following.

M4A and the Jan Neal Law Firm, LLC are offering community talks on legal issues.  Call 334-745-2779 or 1-800-270-7635.

  • March 19, 10:30, Montevallo Senior Center
  • March 19, noon, Alabaster Senior Center
  • March 29, 10:30, Harpersville Senior Center

M4A is now offering 6 CEU’s for the upcoming Law Enforcement Training for Social Workers on March 26.  This invaluable training will help law enforcement, first responders, and social workers identify and respond to important issues facing our aging population.  Register at  Registration ends on March 20thSee attached flyer.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Jr. Board will host a % of sales event at Rojo, Tuesday, March 26 from 5 til closing.  Proceeds will benefit ACA Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program in Alzheimer’s research at UAB.  Rojo is a vibrant gathering place serving Latin and American dishes.  2921 Highland Avenue.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Jr. Board will host the 3rd annual Ales for Alzheimer’s event at Avondale Brewery, Saturday, March 30, 2 – 6 pm.  Featuring live music by George Griffin & the Thunderbirds.  Event includes a raffle and silent auction.  % of beer sales benefits research.  For more information contact Vance Holder at or visit our events page.

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) ( will provide free, confidential memory screenings April 2 and May 7, between 12:30 – 2:00.  Screenings last approximately 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, AL 35209.  Call 205-757-8947 for an appointment.

Home Instead Senior Care is offering a free workshop for those caring for a loved one with dementia.  Friday, April 15, 9 – 11.  2059 Columbiana Road.  205-822-1915 or kcochran@homeinstead.comDownload flyer.

Casino Night, fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, Saturday, April 27, 2 – 4, at Rittenhouse, 570 Southland Drive. rwilkes@rittenhouseal.comSee flyer.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Lunch & Learn, April 30, 11:30 – 1 pm, Brookdale University Park, with Rita Cowell, PhD, on “What our genes can tell us about Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Rita is a Fellow and Chair of the Neuroscience Department within the Drug Discovery Division at Southern Research. She maintains an independently-funded research program, while overseeing the Neuroscience Department with the mission of discovering novel, mechanism-based approaches to treat individuals with neurodegenerative disorders. The research in the Cowell Lab focuses on neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Please rsvp to See events calendar.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Garden Art Party, Love in the Garden, Saturday, May 11, Iron City, 7 – 10.
  Live and silent auction.

News to know:

After recent storms and threats of bad weather it is important to remember that people with Alzheimer’s can be especially vulnerable during disasters.  Click here for tips on creating a disaster plan that includes the special needs of people with Alzheimer’s:

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama offers scholarships for continence supplies and for adult daycare.  We believe every family living with dementia can benefit from respite care.  Below is information about 2 respite programs that offer an enriching opportunity for fun and socialization from 10 – 2.   For a complete list of daycare centers and respite programs visit

Celebrate spring with Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama!  Help deserving families on our services programs by sponsoring an Easter basket with a donation of $25. Each basket will be delivered by an ACA volunteer.  To donate visit here or call 205-871-7970.

CJFS CARES has moved to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Cahaba Heights!  Check it out here:

A respite program offering cognitive, social, and physical engagement while providing caregivers a break, CARES has a limited number of openings for new participants. Please contact Pam Leonard, or 205-879-3438 for more information. Scholarships available.

Founders Place is a new respite ministry program for adults with memory loss opening April 30 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Hours of operation will be 10:00-2:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cognitive-enhancing activities in visual art, movement, and music offered in in atmosphere of joy and love. All are welcome!  Cost is $40/day.  Scholarships available.  Eligibility guidelines and registration:, 205.802.6217

Cognitive Dynamics is pleased to offer their award-winning 27:30 minute documentary short, Do You Know Me Now?  The film shows ways in which care partners can connect in the moment and discover the person beneath the disease and build upon remaining abilities and personality traits.  This is a novel look at what it means to be a person with dementia who is still very much alive and possessing those traits upon which relationships may be built, even late into the disease.

The film, directed and co-produced by Canadian film maker, Judith Murray, and edited and co-produced by American film maker, Brian Covert, features Lester and Ethelda Potts (Parents of Cognitive Dynamics Founder, Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN).

The FDA recently warned consumers about products that are marketed as treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these drugs are sold on the internet and have unproven claims about delaying, treating, or preventing dementia. They may also be unsafe and put consumers at risk. Read more about red flags to look out for and how to protect yourself and your clients by reading the full article here.

Local research:  Keisha Carden, MA is an advanced graduate student who’s dissertation focuses on financial caregiving for individuals with memory impairment and mild to moderate dementia at the University of Alabama.  She is enrolling both caregivers and persons with dementia for interviews about financial management.  She plans to interview; caregivers only when the person with dementia is too impaired to participate in an interview.  In appreciation of your time, you will receive:

  1. $10.00 each
  2. The Complete Eldercare Planner by Joy Loverde
  3. Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old by Joy Loverde

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact: Keisha Carden, MA, The University of Alabama Alabama Research Institute on Aging, Office: (205) 679-8076, Cell: (803) 526-4039. Email:

Learn more here.

Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common kind of dementia, it is not the only one. Other forms of dementia include:

There are also certain medical conditions which can cause memory problems that resemble dementia. Visit our website for a full list of these conditions, which should go away with treatment.

The overlap in symptoms of various dementias can make it hard to get an accurate diagnosis. But a proper diagnosis is important to get the right treatment. Seek help from a neurologist—a doctor who specializes in disorders of the brain and nervous system—or other medical specialist who knows about dementia.

Learn more about Alzheimer’s and related dementias from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.  

Learn the latest by listening to the 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) Summit, March 14 and 15.  This Summit, hosted by our colleagues at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), is an important event bringing together top American and international experts to shine the spotlight on AD-related dementias, defined in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease as frontotemporal disorders (FTD) and Lewy body (LBD), mixed, and vascular dementias. You can have a front-row seat by watching the Summit on videocast.

Supportive Practices for Grieving Caregivers – Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Webinar, March 14, noon – 1.  866-232-8484 or