Weekly Dementia Community Calendar November 22, 2019

One Enchanted Day for Caregivers, a free event for unpaid family caregivers, Saturday, November 23, Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, 11:30 – 2.  www.westalabamaaging.org/oneenchantedday

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! mpiggott@alzca.org.

Super Bowl 2020 tickets will be raffled off to benefit Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama, January 9, Aloft Lobby in Homewoood.  For more information vholder@alzca.org. You can also purchase tickets here.

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

Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Help make holiday visits go more smoothly by preparing guests for what to expect during interactions with the person with Alzheimer’s.

A November 20, 2019 UsAgainstAlzheimer’s press release urged the passage of federal legislation to improve early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The CHANGE Act, which requires testing for cognitive impairment and progression tracking, would incentivize and equip healthcare providers to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s at its earliest stages.

A November 20, 2019 Time Magazine article by Jay Newton-Small looked at the future of Alzheimer’s disease caregiving solutions. Her late father, who had AD, joked about joining the zombie apocalypse, as his memory deteriorated. According to Newton-Small, “We must devise fundamentally new ways to structure the care of Alzheimer’s patients. We must change how dementia is managed in a way that improves the quality of life of those who have the condition.

A November 21, 2019 NPR Short Wave radio segment explored the link between sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Host Maddie Sofia and science correspondent Jon Hamilton asked researchers if problems with sleep can set the stage for developing AD.

50% of Americans Are Worried About Developing Dementia, but Many Unaware of Preventive Steps   Americans are deeply worried about developing dementia, yet few have taken scientifically-proven steps like exercise or diet changes to protect their brains, according to a new report.  Read more here

A new website aims to address Safety Issues by providing resources to help them make informed decisions about how to remain safe when it comes to gun ownership, driving and more.  Called Safety in Dementia, the site was developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.  This website has nothing to do with gun control.  It is a tool to help caregivers or people with early cognitive impairment make decisions that are right for their families.  https://safetyindementia.org/about

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Semipostal Stamp will remain on sale only until the end of this month (November, 2019)! Almost $1 million has been raised for NIA/NIH-funded dementia research. Order online to use for your holiday gifts, or call: 1-800 STAMP-24

Local dementia advocate, Lynda Everman, has created a flyer for dementia friendly faith communities. This is a condensation of several chapters of the book, Dementia-Friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities, and is intended to spark ideas and dialogue on how each of us and our congregations can be more supportive. See attached flyer.

Additionally, Lynda’s Alzheimer’s Stole Ministry and Tallit Initiative continues to grow. To date, she has made and given away almost 70 stoles and tallitot.  She is looking for faith based sewing groups who may want to join this ministry and make these special vestments for a favorite pastor, priest, chaplain, or rabbi. Contact aca@alzca.org for more information.

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.