Weekly ACA’s Weekly Email May 7, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

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, 3020 John Hawkins Parkway.  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:

·         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

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.

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.

Zoom Support Groups available online:

·       ACA’s Coffee Talk with Miller & Vance, Tuesday, May 11, 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:

The majority of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee do not support approval of the drug aducanumab (Biogen, Eisai) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Although early trials of the drug were promising, two phase 3 trials were discontinued for futility after an interim analysis. However, investigators later reported that further analysis showed that the drug did, in fact, meet its primary endpoint of significant reduction in clinical cognitive decline.  Still, the majority of panel members felt “there is no persuasive evidence to support approval of aducanumab at this time.”   Read viewpoint published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.During the ongoing controversy, AD advocates such as the Alzheimer’s Association and US Against Alzheimer’s have thrown their support behind aducanumab, even though it mostly failed in clinical trials.

Op-Ed from Being Patient and a Memory Care Expert: What Are Media Outlets Really Doing When They Ask About Joe Biden and Dementia?  After a provocative media request from a partisan news outlet, Christy Turner asks: How does the media-driven narrative about President Joe Biden and cognitive decline affect folks who are concerned about their own cognitive health? Does politicizing an issue make said issue better? How might it make things worse? Read the article >>

Being Patient’s  Favorite Dementia-Friendly Coloring Books—Looking for a dementia-friendly gift idea? A coloring book could be a great choice, but not just any coloring book will do: Here are the top five things to look for in a coloring book for your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, along with some of our favorites.
See Our List! >>

Eating lots of bacon, hot dogs, cold cuts, salami, and other processed meats may raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that the more processed meats someone tended to eat on a regular basis, the greater their risk that they would go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  Deli Meats, Bacon May Be Bad for the Brain | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (alzinfo.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