Weekly ACA’s Weekly Email April 30, 2021

Support Alzheimer’s research!  ACA’s Jr. Board will host a % of sales event at the Patton Creek Chic-Fil-A, Thursday, May 13 from 5 – 8.  10% of your purchase will support ACA’s Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program in Alzheimer’s Research at UAB.

Support ACA’s No Match for Mom campaign!  With our major spring fundraiser postponed until May of 2022, friends of ACA have donated $30,000 towards a matching campaign!  Your donation, by May 9, will be matched to help families living with Alzheimer’s across the state.  ACA supports over 300 families each month with respite care, continence supplies, Ensure, Project Lifesaver bracelets, education and support.  No gift is too small and all gifts will help us reach our $30,000 goal for these essential services!  https://alzca.org/mom/

May webinars from www.alabamarespite.org:

·         The Stages of Coping, May 1, 10 am

·         Having Trouble Accepting Help, May 8, 10 am

·         Do You Know Someone Living with a Terminal Illness, May 11, 1 pm

·         Caregiver Support Circle, May 15, 10 am

·         Identifying Resources as a Family Caregiver, May 19, 10 am

Being Patient LIVETALK: Differentiating Dementia From ADHD in Older Adults, with Sandra Kooij, associate professor of psychiatry at VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, about the symptoms of ADHD in older adults and how clinicians  distinguish the manifestations of the disorder from the signs of dementia.  Reserve your seat: Monday, May 3 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET >>

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is looking for African Americans, 35- 70 years old to participate in an online focus group on Zoom. Participants must have reliable internet and a computer or tablet with video/audio.  Participants will receive a $25 Target gift card upon completion on the focus group.  May 4, 8 am, Contact Kelly at ktakasu@alzla.org or 323-930-6244 to sign up.  

Join Boston University and author Denise Elam Dauw to discuss If Music Be the Food of Love. The book tells the story of three generations of strong, loving women, confronting Alzheimer’s disease as well as the musical works that shaped their lives. The Virtual Book Talk is Tuesday, May 11, 9, 1:oo pm CT.  Free, registration is required.  http://www.denise-elam-dauw.com/events.html


Beyond Words: Strategies  for Supporting Communication in Dementia, AFA webinar, May 13, noon CT, www.alzfdn.org.

Zoom Support Groups available online:

·       ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, May 4, 11 – noon CT.  Call (205) 871-7970 or mpiggott@alzca.org.  Join us on zoom:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86450491838

·       CJFS CARES,  Mondays at 1:30 pm, contact Pam Leonard, pam@cjfsbham.org.

·        Founders Place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday’s at 10 am, contact Susan Logan, susanlogan65@gmail.com

·        Pell City, 1st Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm, contact Bit Thomaston, Ethomaston50@gmail.com

·    West Alabama Area Agency on Aging, Caregiver Support Group, Tuesdays, contact Nikki Poe, nikki.poe@westal.org.

·         Leeds, 2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm, contact Bit Thomaston, ethomaston50@gmail.com

·         United Way Area Agency on Aging of Jefferson County, 3rd Tuesday of each month 11:30-12:30, contact Valarie Lawson,vlawson@uwaaa.org

·         Asbury United Methodist Church 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 1:00, contact Maggie Dunaway at mdunaway@asburyonline.org.

·     CJFS CARES,  Thursdays, 7:30 pm, contact Pam Leonard, pam@cjfsbham.org.

Alzheimer’s News:

Driving is a complex task involving dynamic cognitive processes and requiring essential cognitive functions and perceptual motor skills.  A new study indicates that naturalistic driving behaviors can be used as comprehensive and reliable markers for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Driving behaviors and demographic factors can help to accurately detect early mild cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults, according to engineers and public health researchers from Columbia University in New York City.  Driving behaviors reveal early signs of dementia in real-world study – Clinical Daily News – McKnight’s Long Term Care News (mcknights.com)

The Milken Institute’s Alliance to Improve Dementia Care has released a new report, Better Brain Health through Equity: Addressing Health and Economic Disparities in Dementia for African Americans and Latinos. The report focuses on long-standing health disparities that have been thrust into the spotlight as COVID-19 has disproportionately affected racially and ethnically diverse communities.

The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Banner Sun Health Research Institute have just launched their new podcast, Dementia Untangled. The podcast brings together physicians, experts and community leaders to help caregivers learn ways to better navigate their complicated roles and provide informed care. This new series seeks to untangle the complex topic of dementia through a blend of research, science and real-world caregiving experience.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the BeHe@lthy BeMobile initiative have launched a new guide on how mHealth (mobile technology for health) can be used to strengthen existing dementia prevention and caregiver support programs. The mDementia Handbook consists of two modules. The first module, mDementia Prevention, aims to encourage management of modifiable risk factors to delay the onset or slow the progression of dementia. The second module, mDementia Support, provides tailored support to address the physical and mental health impacts associated with caregiving for people living with dementia. To learn more about how mDementia programs can be implemented at scale, read the handbook.

Drinking coffee on a regular basis appears to enhance concentration and improve motor control and alertness by inducing functional and connectivity changes in the brain, a new imaging study suggests.  Regular Coffee Drinking Tied to Functional Brain Changes (medscape.com)

Researchers in NIA’s Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Section in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience are leading an innovative new study to determine whether medicines currently used to treat conditions other than dementia can help prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease. Results from the study will help guide future research. If a drug appears to reduce the risk or severity of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, researchers could conduct lab tests to determine how the drug works against dementia, and the drugs could eventually be tested with people in clinical trials.

A new study, funded in part by NIA, showed that risk factors such as elevated body mass index, fasting glucose, and systolic blood pressure were associated with poorer cognitive health later in life.  Could reducing cardiovascular risk in early adulthood be key to keeping cognition later?

When Lizz’s mother Margaret started forgetting names, getting lost in familiar places, and losing personal items, Lizz took notice. A neurologist confirmed her worst fears. Like her grandmother and great grandfather, Alzheimer’s was back to claim another amazing woman’s dignity. At only 65 years old, Margaret had begun the rapid decline that Lizz knew all too well.  “Alzheimer’s is the worst kind of thief because it is so greedy. It keeps coming back for more and more of your loved one until they are a shell of who they used to be.”.  Read more: Lizz Lewis Knows The Devastation Of Alzheimer’s On A Family First-Hand (thewomensalzheimersmovement.org)

UAB Caregiver Research Opportunity:  Do you provide help or assistance to a person with dementia?  Do you own an iPhone?  Nursing professors at UAB are doing a research study to learn about how behavioral symptoms of dementia change day-to-day. Family caregivers who live with and provide help for a person with dementia are invited to participate. You will be asked to report on symptoms you see throughout the day in brief surveys sent to an app on your iPhone. All study activities are done from your home. You will be compensated for your time. To learn more visit: https://www.caregivingresearch.org/dailybehaviors Email: caregiver@uab.edu. Or text: (210)-560-3075.

CaringDaily has rounded up a list of great suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts including activities, comfort, senior-friendly technology, music and household aids.  Dozens of Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love – DailyCaring