Weekly ACA’s Weekly Email May 14, 2021

May webinars from www.alabamarespite.org:

·         Caregiver Support Circle, May 15, 10 am

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

Stroke Prevention webinar for National Stroke Prevention Week, Tuesday, May 18, 11 am CT.  Presented by the Jefferson County Community Service and Workforce Development.  RSVP to Dedra Lewis, 205-325-5567.

Free Memory Screening via zoom, Thursday, May 20, 9 – 11 am CT. Presented by the Jefferson County Community Service and Workforce Development.  RSVP to Dedra Lewis, 205-325-5567.

Strategies to Combat Social Isolation and Increase Support for Caregivers and People Living with Dementia, Thursday, May 20, 2021, 2 pm CT.  Webinar Registration

Viewing of SPARK: Robin Williams and his battle with Lewy Body Dementia, Friday, May 21st 11:00 am CT

Viewing of SPARK: Robin Williams and his battle with Lewy Body Dementia Tickets, Fri, May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Webinar: The Apartment – A Guide to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home, Friday, May 21, noon CT.  Almost every part of a home can impact quality of life for someone living with a dementia-related illness—even seemingly cosmetic choices like paint colors, patterns and dishware! Alzheimer’s Foundation of America | Webinar: The Apartment-A Guide to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home (alzfdn.org)

Zoom Support Groups available online:

·       ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, May 18, 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:

2 Research Opportunities

Dr. Carolyn Pickering’s research team in the UAB School of Nursing is conducting caregiver research to learn about how behavioral symptoms of dementia change day-to-day.

·         Recruiting people who provide help or assistance to a person with dementia.

·         Must own an iphone.

·         Family caregivers will be asked to report on symptoms they see throughout the day in brief surveys sent to an app on their iPhone.

·         All study activities are done from home and participants will be compensated for their time.

·         See attached are flyer, visit: https://www.caregivingresearch.org/dailybehaviors or contact Wes Dismuke at wdismuke@uab.edu.

UsAgainstAlzheimers is studying agitation:

·         The study involves a 1-hour phone interview for current caregivers of individuals with confirmed Alzheimer’s who experience agitation (such as emotional distress, moving around excessively, or verbal or physical aggression).

·         Criteria includes: Caregivers must be with the person they care for at least 2 hours a day/4 days a week. The person cared for must not live alone (although long term care is okay).

·         $100 Amazon gift cards will be given as thanks to people who complete the interview.

·         The information collected is anonymous and confidential.

·         Contact Ginny Biggar at vbiggar@usagainstalzheimers.org.

Learn about other studies by clicking: search for clinical trials and studies

You might assume that your gut primarily affects your digestion, and while it certainly does play a big part in your ability to break down and absorb nutrients properly, its roles extend far beyond this. For example, the status of your gut health also impacts your immune system, response to inflammation, appetite, and even your mood, sleep and energy. Another reason why taking care of your gut is so important is because of the “gut-brain connection.”  How to Improve Your Gut Health Naturally | StyleBlueprint

There are a number of different types of tremors that may be seen in individuals with dementia.  If your loved one has a tremor, a neurologist should be able to help determine which type it is, and whether it is related to their dementia. Some types of tremors are due to medication side effects, and other tremors may be treated by specific medications, so it is important to sort out which type of tremor your loved one has.  Tremors Are Common in Dementia | Psychology Today

Read Healthline Medicare’s article, Medicare and Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Coverage Explained.   Learn what Medicare covers for treating Alzheimer’s disease, including specific services, medications, and other interventions you or a loved one may need.

Being Patient offers 2 insightful interviews:

·         Deborah Kan interviews 3 people living with Alzheimer’s or Lewy Body dementia.  She found they could all use a little hope — and have little use for despair.  Watch the full interview here.

·         Deborah Kan spoke with talk show host Leeza Gibbons about her family’s journey with Alzheimer’s, and her mission to support caregivers through Leeza’s Care Connection.  Caring For a Loved One With Dementia: A LiveTalk With Leeza Gibbons – Being Patient


The World Health Organization launched a new online platform to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge on dementia.  The new tool, the Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform, contains key resources to support the implementation of the Global action plan on the public heath response to dementia 2017-2025 and its seven action areas. It provides a space for stakeholders to share resources, such as policies, guidelines, case studies and examples of good practice, to facilitate mutual learning and promote the exchange of knowledge in the area of dementia.  WHO launches new platform for knowledge exchange on dementia