Dementia Community Calendar May 3, 2019

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Garden Art Party, Love in the Garden, Saturday, May 11, Iron City, 7 – 10.  Live and silent auction, featuring over 300 items including art, jewelry, trips, home décor, food and sports packages.  Support ACA’s services by attending the event or by donating to the auction.  www.alzca.org

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias, Friday, May 10, Home Instead Senior Care, 9 – 11:30, 2059 Columbiana Road.  205-822-1915 or kcochran@homeinstead.comSee flyer.

VA Benefits & Long-Term Care Insurance, Thursday, May 7, at Morningside of Riverchase, 5 – 6:30.  Rsvp to darmstrong@5ssl.com

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) (www.bhibrainhealth.com) will provide a free, confidential memory screening May 7, June 4 and 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.

The Brain Health Institute (BHI) is offering a free 6-Week brainHEALTH class,  Tuesday, May 14 thru June 18, from 4 – 5:30.  The class will focus on brain healthy behaviors for dementia caregivers, those at-risk for dementia, and those with early signs of cognitive impairment.  The free course is provided with funding from Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).  To learn more about the study and determine your eligibility, please contact the Brain Health Institute at: 205.757.8947 or email Dr. Lokken at lokken@bhibrainhealth.com.

Seminar on Engaging People with Dementia in Non-Memory Care Settings, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Tuesday, May 21 or Thursday, May 23, 4-5 pm, Women’s Classrooms 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive.  205-877-1723 or Kristina.maddox@tenethealth.com.

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. 

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

Click here to register.

The Shelby County DHR Adult Protective Services is hosting a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Friday, June 14, at the Pelham Senior Center.  Details to follow.

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

News to know: 

From the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America:  Click here for tips on celebrating Mother’s Day with someone living with Alzheimer’s.  https://alzfdn.org/best-mothers-day-gift-ideas-love-dementia-alzheimers/. 

Click to read the Spring 2019 issue of AFTD News (The Association for Frontal Temporal Dementia.  Learn about their investment in the Diagnostics Accelerator program — an investment matched by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). The result is $5 million newly devoted to the development of FTD biomarkers through the Diagnostics Accelerator, an ADDF initiative.

60 Minutes on CBS will air an episode on FTD, Sunday May 5, at 6:00.  Click to see a trailer: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-cruelest-disease-youve-never-heard-of-frontotemporal-dementia-60-minutes-2019-05-02/?fbclid=IwAR1qjpRuSAriS8I6noegJbIswc3XthD3kkShS8J3EwFkDB1veOI7uIdTV1E

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has commissioned the London School of Economics and Political Science to disseminate the world’s largest survey on people’s attitudes around dementia. Results of the survey will form the basis of ADI’s next World Alzheimer Report, to be released during World Alzheimer Month in September 2019. Consider taking 10 minutes of your time to make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners around the world. Learn moreand take the survey today!

The University of Alabama has a new program that offers private, online support groups designed for dementia caregivers. It is similar to an in-person support group, but you participate on your schedule, by using social media.  You do not have to know a lot about computers. You can participate anonymously, without providing private information.  Each week, health and social work experts will provide educational information. You can interact with other caregivers as much or as little as you want.  Support group members are asked to log into the group at least once per week and to participate in 2 interviews. You will be compensated $30 for each interview.  See attached flyer.  Contact: Dr. Nicole Ruggiano | (205)348-4654 | nruggiano@ua.edu.

Click here to read Emily McDeed’s blog post about Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama.

https://suddenlydisabled.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/alzheimers-at-home-in-alabama/

The Messages We Send: Stigma Toward Persons Living with Dementia and How to End It, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 1:00-2:00.  Learn everyday strategies for countering stigma through person-centered approaches. Hear from a person with early stage dementia about her experiences related to these issues.  Registration is required to receive the webinar information. Sponsored by the Administration of Community Living webinar webpage  

How to Navigate Work When Immersed in Caregiving, AFA’s Care Connection webinar, May 9, noon – 1.  www.alzfdn.org or 866-232-8484. 

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.