Weekly Dementia Community Calendar January 31, 2020

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

February 11 & 25, 11 – 12:30, 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225

February 25, 6:30 – 8, Trussville First Baptist Church.

M4A is hosting A Break to Educate, Thursday, February 20, 10 – 1, Mountain Chapel Church, Oneonta.  Contact Rebecca Walden at rwalden@M4A.org.

As part of their grant, Providing Alzheimer’s ‘n Dementia Assistance, M4A has grant funding to assist with the start-up of 2 respite programs in Shelby County.  There will be a public interest meeting Friday, February 21 at the Pelham Recreation Center.  See the attached flyer.  For more info:  Jennifer Fuller (205) 670-5770 ext. 121 or (866) 570-2998, jfuller@m4a.org.

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. The event is free with a Taco Mama taco bar and beer tickets.  Reservations are requested www.alzca.org.

Stress Busting Program for Family Caregivers, 9:30 – 11 am, for 9 weeks starting March 2, at Caring Days in Tuscaloosa.  Contact Nikki Poe at nikki.poe@westal.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:

The Dementia Action Alliance USA is a non-profit national advocacy and education organization of people living with dementia, care partners, friends and dementia specialists committed to creating a better country in which to live with dementia.  They: educate about stigma and misperceptions; support well-being and a focus on the whole person rather than just their dementia symptoms; advocate for inclusion and accommodating dementia as a disability needing compensatory strategies for changing abilities; promote person- and relational-centered care practices; identify beneficial technologies; and connect and engage people as much more can be accomplished working together.  Read their 2019 report here https://daanow.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Dementia-Action-Alliance-2019-Impact-Report.pdf

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a re-dosing study for patients formerly enrolled in Biogen’s phase three clinical trials of its Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab.  The announcement marks the latest development in the twisted tale of aducanumab.  Almost a year ago, Biogen and its partner Eisai shocked the Alzheimer’s community by abruptly ending studies of aducanumab, saying that the drug had failed “futility tests” and was therefore unlikely to be successful in treating the disease.  But in October, the company reversed itself and said that continued data analysis had instead demonstrated that the drug would be successful in treating Alzheimer’s.   Get the facts here

A January 30, 2020 Scientific American article referenced a new study from Rush University Medical Center looking at eating foods rich in flavonols to stay cognitively healthy and ward off dementia.  Flavonols appear to quiet inflammation and help prevent cellular damage.  Researchers studied the effects of pears, olive oil, wine, tomatoes, tea, kale, oranges and tomatoes.

A January 28, 2020 The Herald-Dispatch article drew the connection between snoring, obstructive sleep apnea and a heightened risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  Men snore at twice the rate as women, and aging, alcohol and illness may all contribute.

Bigger Risks for Smaller Brains- Concussions in Youth Football:  A recent study finds youth football players are more vulnerable to concussions and brain injuries, which are linked to an increased risk of dementia later on.  Learn more here.

A January 20, 2020 Hello Care article spotlighted the story of Margaret Mackie and Jamie Lee Morley.  Mackie, an 83-year old Northcare Suites Care Home (Glasgow) resident has dementia, yet she recorded Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ with Morley, who is one of her carers. The song is climbing up the UK’s music charts, raising money for UK Alzheimer’s disease charities.

Taking Action: Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud (Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Webinar – February 13

Visit the National Institute on Aging website to learn more about mourning the death of a spouse.

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.