Weekly Dementia Community Calendar January 17, 2020

Make a New Year’s resolution to join a support group:

  • January 28, 11 – 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225
  • January 28, 6:30 – 8, Trussville First Baptist Church.

Free confidential memory screenings Wednesday, January 22, 9 – noon, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services.  The memory screening takes about 15 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.  Sponsored by the Jefferson County Community Services & Workforce Development Senior Services Division.  Call Dedra Lewis, 205-325-5567.

Queso & Questions, Thursday, February 27, Avondale Brewery upstairs event room.  This is the ACA Jr. Board’s annual education event.  Dr. David Standaert, Chairman of the UAB Department of Neurology, will be our guest speaker.  See the attached article from UAB Magazine Fall about ACA’s commitment to raising funds for Alzheimer’s research at UAB.  The event is free with a Taco Mama taco bar and beer tickets.  Reservations are requested www.alzca.org.

Rojo is hosting a % of sales event to raise money for ACA’s Jr. Board and research, Tuesday, March 10, 5 – midnight.  Rojo is a vibrant gathering place serving Latin & American dishes.  2921 Highland Ave, Birmingham.

Ales for Alzheimer’s Saturday, March 21, at Avondale Brewery.  The Jr. Board’s major spring fundraiser is a family friendly event featuring beer, food, music, a raffle and auction.  All proceeds benefit ACA’s Pre Doctoral Scholars Program in Alzheimer’s Research at UAB.

The UAB School of Nursing is offering a conference, “Strategies for Preventing & Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors”, with Rita Jablonski, PhD, CRNP, FGSA, FAAN, Friday, March 27, 8:30 – 3:30.  See attached flyer.

News to know:

Friendship Place is a new respite program opening at St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church, in Pell City.   The program opens January 28, Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, from 10 – 2.  See attached flyer.  Contact Melinda Knepper 205-884-0877 or director.friendshipplace@gmail.com.

Is Your New Year’s Resolution to Live a Fuller, Healthier Life?  Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin Shares His Tips on How to Reach Your Goals https://thewomensalzheimersmovement.org/how-to-live-age-successfully.

Are Caregiver’s a Voting Bloc in the 2020 Election?  Alzheimer’s advocate Marie Shriver commented on the results of a Woman’s Alzheimer’s Movement poll:  “Caregiving seems to be our common destiny. We are an aging society, so I think it’s important we understand that our nation’s caregiving needs are a shared reality. The issues around them affect us all, not just some. Not just women or men. Not just old or young. Not just rich or poor, able-bodied or those with special needs. And as our poll indicates, neither largely conservative or liberal. It turns out, we are all pretty much struggling with the problems of caregiving or the threat they are looming. Each of us was cared for when we were young, and most of us will need at least some care in the future as we age”. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2019/12/24/2020-election-are-caregivers-a-voting-bloc/#1a0fb1b63d3a

Q&A A January 12, 2020 The Advocate Alzheimer’s asked about what not to say to a friend who is caring for a parent with dementia. The article advises it’s best to not preface suggestions with, “you need to.” The caregiver often knows what they need, but simply lacks the time. According to the article, “What your friend needs more than anything is someone who is truly present for her and who listens wholeheartedly and without hesitation in her times of need.”

https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/health_fitness/article_480c392a-2d98-11ea-b42e-f33de6488b82.html

Essay contest for teens:  Hilarity for Charity is sponsoring Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest with support from AARP, Generations United, Memory Well, and Associated Collegiate Press and National Scholastic Press Association. To be eligible, the writer must be currently enrolled in high school or college in the U.S. or Canada and the story must feature someone currently living with or who has passed away from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Learn more on the Humans of Dementia submission webpage. The deadline is March 13. Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest with support from AARP, Generations United, Memory Well, and Associated Collegiate Press and National Scholastic Press Association

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.