Dementia Community Calendar May 31, 2019

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

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”, June 20 at Fairhaven.   ACA executive director, Miller Piggott, will provide info on community resources.  Contact AFA at 866-232-8484.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Lunch & Learn, Tuesday, July 30, Your Life, Your Legacy with Marvin A. Chandler.  Chandler 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.

Glow for a Cure, Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama’s Night Golf Tournament, Friday, August 2, presented by the Jr. Board.

News to know:

Thought for the day:  Dementia “is not just about loss; it is also about preservation – of affection, of dignity, of hope”, from Tia Powell in her book, Dementia Reimagined.

People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. The Guidelines provide the knowledge base for health-care providers to advise patients on what they can do to help prevent cognitive decline and dementia.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia
Read the World Health Organization’s newly released Fact Sheet on dementia:

Dementia – World Health Organization https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dementia

Read A May 29, 2019 UsAgainstAlzheimer’s blog post by Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD and Mark J. Yaffe, MD highlighted new survey results from UsA2’s A-LIST,  representing the voice of the patient and caregiver community. The survey focused on the relationship between physicians and caregivers. According to the blog, “…Caregivers reported that only 10% of doctors asked how respondents themselves were coping”.

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