Dementia Community Calendar March 29, 2019

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 vholder@alzca.org

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s and WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s present: Be Brain PowerfulTM A Campaign for Women’s Brain Health, starting April 2.  Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama is collaborating with the Be Brain Powerful campaign to encourage women everywhere to take the 30-Day Brain Health Challenge – 30 days of tips on steps you can take to keep your brain healthy. Join us and let us know you signed up! https://bebrainpowerful.org/home-1/#join-us

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) (www.bhibrainhealth.com) will provide free, confidential memory screenings April 2 and May 7, between 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.

Home Instead Senior Care is offering a free workshop for those caring for a loved one with dementia.  Friday, April 5, 9 – 11.  2059 Columbiana Road.  205-822-1915 or kcochran@homeinstead.comSee attached flyer.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is being offered at Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, Friday, April 5 from 9 – 2.  1515 6th Avenue South.  This is the original and ground-breaking, proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools. Provided by the Community Services & Workforce Development Senior Services Division of the Jefferson County Commission.  To register, Call Dedra Lewis at 205-325-5567.  See attached flyer.

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

Caring Days Adult Day Care is hosting the 2nd annual Ride Down Memory Lane motorcycle ride, Saturday, April 27.  It’s not a poker run, but includes a new card game that will result in 2 grand prize winners.  The ride will end at Caring Days where there will be entertainment, lunch, t-shirts and prizes.  The cost is $35 and $10 for passengers.  See attached flyer.  Call Caring days at 752-6840 or www.caringdays.org

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 mpiggott@alzca.org.

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

Caregivers Day Out!  Thursday, May 23, Beulah Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, 10 – 2.  The West Alabama Area Agency on Aging wants to celebrate you at Caregivers Day Out! Call 205-333-2990 ext. 2013 to register. 

News to know:

Support Ales for Alzheimer’s to raise money for local research!  ACA’s Jr. Board is partnering with UAB to establish the ACA Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program in Alzheimer’s disease research.  Click the link to a brief article in UAB News about the Jr. Board’s recent check presentation.

https://www.uab.edu/news/health/item/10308-uab-program-to-train-up-and-coming-alzheimer-s-researchers

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 www.alzca.org or call 205-871-7970. See attached flyer.

To understand the state of Alzheimer’s research and public policy, read Richard Harris’ NextAvenue article 10 Years After Alzheimer’s Report: Any Progress?   Harris lost both parents to Alzheimer’s and he reflects on the progress that has been made and the setbacks.  This is a very informative and easy to read article.

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

https://www.al.com/life/2019/02/kids-keep-dementia-patients-lively.html

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,pam@cjfsbham.org 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 an atmosphere of joy and love. All are welcome!  Cost is $40/day.  Scholarships available.  Eligibility guidelines and registration:  www.saint-lukes.com, foundersplace@saint-lukes.com. 205.802.6217

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America free webinar, “Sexuality in Long-Term Care.” April 11, at noon. The webinar will address how dementia may effect consent in nursing homes regarding issues around sexuality and its manifestations. Register here.

Register for the free virtual “Advances in Alzheimer’s Research 2019 ONLINE SYMPOSIUM” from Technology Networks, which will highlight some of the most exciting research being conducted into Alzheimer’s disease. May 29, 2019. Register here.