Weekly Dementia Community Calendar December 6, 2019

2nd Annual Magic on Main Street Festival of Trees at Cahaba Ridge Retirement Living, December 7, 2 – 4:30 pm, 3090 Healthy Way.  Donated, decorated table top Christmas trees will be auctioned to benefit Alzheimer of Central Alabama.  See attached flyer or call Janette McConnell at 205-201-7364.

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama Support Group Reunion and Pot Luck Luncheon, Tuesday, December 10,  11:30 – 1.  Join us for fun and reindeer games!  All are welcome.  See attached flyer or mpiggott@alzca.org.

Super Bowl 2020 tickets will be raffled off to benefit Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, January 9, Aloft Lobby in Homewood.  Buy tickets here or vholder@alzca.org.

News to know:

Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama 2020 calendars of Alzheimer’s art are available for $10.  They make great holiday gifts.  The calendar shines a light on central Alabama’s respite and adult day care centers.  Calendars can be purchased online and mailed to you.  www.alzca.org

Give a Holiday Carebasket!  Support families served by Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) by sponsoring a Christmas Dinner Carebasket with a donation of $25.  Each basket will be hand delivered to a family caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s by an ACA volunteer.  The basket will include ham, vegetables, fruit, dessert and household supplies.  Visit www.alzca.org/christmasbasket to make a donation.

A December 1, 2019 “Interrupted By God” blog post by The Very Reverend Tracey Lind reflected on her personal work on forgiveness.   Lind has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and is an outspoken UsAgainstAlzheimer’s advocate. “All of us have broken relationships, moments and places in our lives that require forgiveness. As we approach the holiday season, I would invite you to take the time to ask yourself: “Who in my life needs forgiveness?” And, I would encourage you to make that work part of your holiday preparation, maybe even consider it could an early present to yourself and someone in your life.”

Kristine Lokken, PhD, is a functional neuropsychologist with a passion for helping people restore brain health.  Her extensive background in clinical research, medical neuropsychology and holistic wellness merged together when she co-founded a precision brain health clinic in Birmingham.  In the Fall of 2019, she relocated to Seattle to open the Brian Health and Research Institute.  Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama funded her grant, The brainH.E.A.L.T.H protocal:  development, implementation and evaluation of psycho-educational health intervention for dementia caregivers and persons at risk.  Click to watch Lokken’s TEDx talk on brain health http://youtu.be/tEKXqBEJsXM or see the attached flyer.

A November 27, 2019 ABC 7 NY broadcast segment celebrated the work of 12-year old Hailey Richman, who was featured in Marvel Entertainment’s “Hero Project” and received her own Marvel comic book for her heroic work as an Alzheimer’s advocate. Hailey, who works in honor of her grandmother who has AD, runs her own non-profit, Kid Caregivers, and blogs about being a young caregiver. “I want to make my organization bigger. Maybe I want to have meet-and-greets where we can all talk together, a group of children who are dealing with the same thing and we can give each other advice in person.”

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is holding their annual Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest for college-bound high school seniors.  Applicants are asked to write a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay that describes the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on themselves, their families or their communities, and what they have learned in light of coping with the brain disorder. The grand prize winner receives $5,000, with additional prizes awarded for runners up.  Submission deadline is Friday, January 17th, 2020. https://alzfdn.org/young-leaders-of-afa/scholarship-contest/

A November 26, 2019 The Ladders article highlighted latest stats on Alzheimer’s disease. Alabama ranks 5th for highest rate of Alzheimer’s.  With the greying of America, the U.S. is experiencing a “radical demographic shift,” so that seniors will soon outnumber children under 18.

After halting trials earlier this year for the drug aducanumab, pharmaceutical company, Biogen, as presented data showing the drug is effective in slowing Alzheimer’s disease.  Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early Alzheimer’s who were on a larger dose of aducanumab for a longer amount of time showed a statistically significant slowing of the disease.  It is still unclear if the FDA will approve the drug.  Get the facts here

A December 4, 2019 NBC News article focused on the potential use of FDA-approved pimavanserin (sold as Nuplazid) to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia, including delusions/hallucinations and aggression that can lead to physical attacks. Up to 30% of people with dementia develop psychosis.

Early Onset Alzheimer’s: 5 signs to Look Out For, and How to Address Them:  Early onset Alzheimer’s disease typically begins to appear between the ages of 45 and 64. Here are some of the main symptoms to look out for.  Read more here

How Inflammation Triggers Amyloid Buildup and Drives Brain Disease:  A new study explores how inflammation may trigger amyloid protein accumulation, playing a big role in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Get the facts here

Did you know? Planet Fundraiser is an app that lets you give back to non-profits, schools, and groups simply by taking a picture of receipts from merchants you already shop at.  You shop and participating merchants donate to the charity of your choice.  To date almost $1600 has been donated to ACA.