Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ April 2011 ]
2011 Facts and Figures Released
The Alzheimer's Association families in taking steps to reduce
released the 2011 Alzheimer’s the risk of accidents requiring
Disease Facts and Figures in March further medical care.
which highlighted the impact of “The Alzheimer’s Associa-
Alzheimer's disease – on the in- tion is committed to increasing
dividual, the family and state and awareness about the importance
Tulsa [ 4 ] federal governments. of early detection and diagno-
The report found in the sis,” said Mark Fried, CEO and
United States, an estimated 5.4 President of the Alzheimer’s As-
million people are living with sociation Oklahoma and Arkan-
Alzheimer's disease, and some- sas Chapter. “The Chapter’s goal
one develops the disease every is to work with families in the
69 seconds. Unless something community and connect them to
OKC [ 5 ] is done, as many as 16 million local resources and services that
Americans will have Alzheimer's help them better understand and
in 2050 and someone will devel- manage what Alzheimer’s disease
op the disease every 33 seconds. introduces into their lives. This
The report also stressed the knowledge is not only empow-
importance of early detection. ering but extremely helpful for
Early diagnosis allows affected the whole family.”
people, relatives and their care-
Little Rock [ 8 ] givers to plan for the future, The full text of the 2011 Alzheim-
obtain medical care to manage er’s Disease Facts and Figures can be
symptoms and optimize func- viewed at www.alz.org.
tion, and assists Alzheimer’s
• 74,000 people aged 65 and • 60,000 people aged 65 and older
older with Alzheimer's with Alzheimer's
Fort Smith [ 9 ] • 205,843 caregivers providing • 167,733 caregivers providing
2.3 million hours of unpaid care, 1.9 million hours of unpaid care,
valued at $2.7 billion. valued at $2.2 billion.
• Number of deaths due to • Number of deaths due to
Alzheimer's disease in 2007: 927 Alzheimer's disease in 2007: 824
The Alzheimer’s Association helps newly diagnosed individuals and their families by
offering a variety of services to help navigate the challenges of caregiving: Support
Bentonville [ 10 ] groups, caregiver counseling, respite program, education, resource referral and a 24/7
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 1 ]
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter
Alumni Advisory Board [ Chapter Office Locations ]
Jeannie Bracken Judy Kishner
Denice Brice Dick Litzinger
Charles M. Cole III A.B. Steen Tulsa Office Western Arkansas
Mary Ann Hille Betty Garrett Wood
J. Clarke Kendall II Robert Thomas, National Board
6465 S. Yale, Suite 312 Regional Office
Tulsa, OK 74136 (as of 5.13.11)
Harry Sheline - Board Chair
Central Oklahoma Regional Office 2408 South 51st Court,
Jeff Cope - Vice Chair
David Dearman - Treasurer/Secretary 3555 NW 58th St., Suite 220 Suites E & F
Margaret Swimmer, Immediate Past Board Chair Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Fort Smith, AR 72903
Members-at-Large Medical/Scientific Advisory Council Northwest Arkansas
Jackie Kouri Stephen Gemmell, PhD Central Arkansas Regional Office
James Holman W. Sue T. Griffin, PhD Regional Office
1202 S. Main St., Suite 215
William M. Lissau Insung Kim, MD 210 N. Walton Blvd., #25
Tom Palmer William C. Orr, PhD, Chair Little Rock, AR 72201
Craig Silberg Chandini Sharma, MD
Bentonville, AR 72712
Board of Directors [ Website & 24/7 Helpline ]
Blanton Brown Lawrence R. “Bubba” Cunningham
Kim French Judy Gibson www.alz.org/alzokar
Scott Grauer Charlie Harding
Christian H. Leikam David Loftis
David Mercer LaKiesha Mitchell [ Social Media ]
David Murlette Sara G. Murphy
Jim Ogez D. DeWayne Patterson
Gregory Shaw Jeff Tikkanen
Leadership Interns “Alzheimer’s Association OK and AR Chapter”
Dr. Donna Wood
Central Arkansas Leadership Council
Renee Carruthers Donna Childress
Dr. David Dearman John Ellis
Kim French Dr. Sue Griffin [ Planned Giving ]
Jane Gunter Shawn Ironside
Cindy Orlicek Jones Kerri Marsh
Lakiesha Mitchell Sandra Prater
Andrea Rabeneck Teressa Rambo
Dr. K. Morgan Sauer Carolyn Singleton
Melanie Sparkman Rose Trosper Gifts of Hope. Gifts of Love.
Adam Wells Randy Wyatt
Planned Giving is a gift of hope and help for future generations. Planned
Northwest Arkansas Leadership Council
Christian Baldwin Kendra Carlson gifts to the Alzheimer’s Association can compliment your financial and
Todd Whatley Mike Son estate planning goals. For more information call the office nearest you.
Julie Olsen Karen Gray
Karen Jewell Sarah Van Vleck
Steve Lampkin Deb Sexton [ Recyle & Address Change ]
Bo Garmon Dave Williams
David Means Patrick Hall We encourage you to recycle this newsletter
Dr. Gillian Woods
with a friend, co-worker, doctor’s office, house of
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This newsletter made possible
Wendell Ross Jeff Taylor through the generosity of:
Oklahoma City Leadership Council
Jeremy Allen Pat Crigler
Colleen Dame Levi Heard
Jim Holman Sally Hood
David Loftis Sara Murphy
William Orr, PhD Jake Rightmeyer
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 2 ]
[from the president's desk]
The Journey to End Alzheimer’s Starts With the First Step
For 18 years, across our two • Advancing public policy
states of Oklahoma and Arkansas,
we have walked together. Primarily, • Enhancing care and support
we have walked to remember those • Accelerating research
with the disease and to honor those
who care for them. • Growing revenue to support our
We are at a crossroads in our mission – in communities nation-
journey to a world without Al- wide.
zheimer’s disease, and we are re-
launching our signature event to For our vision of 'a world with-
help us get there. In 2011, our out Alzheimer’s' to become real-
Chapter will have eight Walks ity, it is imperative we engage our Mark Fried
– some in metro areas, some in communities and succeed in every President & CEO
smaller communities. As we embark one of these objectives. Walk to
on this year’s efforts, we are ener- End Alzheimer’s will highlight all
gized by an exciting nationwide of those efforts and engage partici-
shift in how our Walk engages your pants to play an active role.
community. Be on the lookout for the first
We can hardly wait for you to Walk to End Alzheimer’s television
particiapte this new Walk experi- advertisements beginning in May.
ence. Everything about this event has a
"We can be
The Alzheimer’s Association new look, a new name, a new feel. an unstoppable force
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is not But, it is up to all of us to get more
a fundraiser. It is not simply a people involved about the Alzheim-
walk. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is er cause. disease"
a full-mission event designed to We can be an unstoppable force
create a movement that will defeat against Alzheimer’s disease. Join us
the nation’s sixth-leading cause of by going to alz.org/walk to find
death. When we look at the grow- the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
ing numbers of those impacted by nearest you.
Alzheimer’s – those living with the
disease and their caregivers – it is The end of Alzheimer’s starts here!
obvious how far its reach is.
However, we need the help of
more than just those who have a
personal connection. We need the
help of a purple army that will fight
Alzheimer’s en masse.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the
President & CEO
embodiment of the Association’s Alzheimer’s Association
strategic objectives: Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter
• Increasing concern about the
disease and awareness about support
available through the Alzheimer’s
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 3 ]
Tulsa oklahoma office
Learning To Embrace Life Beyond Alzheimer's
Barry Petersen has worked her the most, she wasn't there."
in some of the most dan- Jan now resides in an assisted living facility where she is
gerous areas in the world watched over by caring and supportive staff. Barry has also
throughout his career as a found support and companionship, too - with Mary Nell.
journalist; however, he says "Jan taught me to embrace life, and to do that I must go
nothing compares to the on," said Barry.
journey he has experienced Mary Nell, a widow who lost her husband in an acci-
as a caregiver of a loved one dent, cares for Jan alongside Barry in their relationship and
with Alzheimer's. has become a good friend to Jan on their consistent visits.
"The disease is never sat- "This [relationship] is about support, not division," said
isfied with one. Alzheimer's Mary Nell. "Jan is an active part of our lives."
wants more than the person Barry and Mary Nell urge couples to discuss the tough
with the disease. It wants the questions of what would happen if one of them suffered
person who is caring for the a fatal disease or accident, and encourage spouses who are
person with the disease." experiencing Alzheimer's disease to reach out to the Al-
Barry's wife Jan, also a journalist, was diagnosed in 2005 zheimer's Association for support.
with Younger-onset Alzheimer's. In the beginning, Barry Barry has gone on to publish a book in 2010 called
cared for Jan alone but he struggled to balance his own "Jan’s Story: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer's",
personal career and health with his caregiver responsibilities. shared his story with CBS Sunday Morning and has spoken
Soon, this stress combined with the emotional and physical at several events on behalf of the Alzheimer's cause, includ-
strain brought on by caring for someone with Alzheimer's. ing the 16th Annual Tulsa Memory Gala in March 2011.
"In my life there was one person who was my safe
For more information on Barry and Jan's journey or to purchase a
person," said Barry. "One person who always stands by you,
copy of the book, please visit barrypetersen.com
heals you and gives you strength and then when I needed
16th Annual Tulsa Memory Gala - President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield
of Oklahoma, Bert Marshall (left) presented Oklahoma and Arkansas
Chapter President and CEO, Mark Fried (right) with a $100,000 donation. The
generous donation is the largest single event check in the history of the
Chapter. The Tulsa Memory Gala attracted 760 Tulsans and raised around $1
million. Thank to our sponsoring friends:
Premier Presenting Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Presenting Sponsors: Senior Star Living, Tulco Oils, Inc. - Jeff & Connie Cope education conference
Platinum Sponsor: Williams
Statewide Sponsor: Bank of Oklahoma thursday, June 9 // renaissance hotel // tulsa
Diamond Sponsors: American Residential Group - Faynelle and Jay Helm, George Kaiser register today - www.alzconference.org
Sapphire Sponsor: Mary K. Chapman Foundation
Gold Sponsors: Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels, Frederic Dorward - Lawyers, Napa Station,
Call 918.481.7742 and mention this Ad to
The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation receive $ 5 off conference registration
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 4 ]
OKC central oklahoma regional office
Volunteer Spotlight: Levi Heard
Levi Heard has been volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association for eight
years. He is the President of a geriatric care management company called
Elder Care Solutions in Oklahoma City and currently serves as Vice Presi-
dent of the Central Oklahoma Leadership Council. In addition, he is the
Chair of the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Levi has experienced first hand the damage and heartache that Al-
Levi Heard has been a volunteer for eight
zheimer’s disease can cause. Three of his four grandparents passed away from
years and will serve as the OKC 2011 Chair Alzheimer’s, and he is constantly working with families who are caring for a
of the Walk To End Alzheimer's loved one with Alzheimer’s. For these reasons, he is passionate about joining
the fight against this incurable and fatal disease.
According to Levi, the best part about being a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association is seeing the interest
and passion of the Oklahoma City community continue to grow for our mission. As a volunteer for the Al-
zheimer’s Association, he personally feels that he has a direct and positive impact in the efforts to defeat this hor-
rible disease. Professionally it is important to him to be on the cutting edge of what is happening in Alzheimer’s
research. Volunteering keeps him and his staff informed on all the resources available to their clients and families
through the Alzheimer’s Association.
Everyone has their own reasons for giving back to the community.
“People give back in different ways, but I think volunteering is particularly important because it requires time,
which is one of our most valuable assets,” said Levi.
He believes that volunteering is one of the greatest indicators of our individual commitment to the commu-
nity and compassion for those in need. Thank you Levi for everything you do for our community and joining us
in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.
The 11th annual
Memory Gala will be
held on Thursday, May 12
at the National Cowboy
and Western Heritage
Museum. This year Jim Everest will be honored with the
Alzheimer’s Association 2011 Maureen Reagan Award.
Thank you to the outstanding gala committee!
A special thanks to our Memory Gala sponsors:
BlueCross and BlueShield of Oklahoma, Premier Presenting Sponsor
Bank of Oklahoma, Statewide Presenting Sponsor
Jean I. Everest Foundation, Presenting Sponsor
The Oklahoma Publishing Company/OPUBCO Communications Group
Cypress Springs Alzheimer’s and Memory Support Residence
McAfee & Taft
May 7th // Lawton, OK @ Elmer Thomas Park
For more information on sponsorships and ticket
sales, contact Kacee Van Horn at 405.319.0780 or Register online at www.swokwalk.com
email@example.com. or call 405.319.0780 today
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter 
Key To Brain Health and Wellness: to improve in the four areas listed
below, you can take a giant step
"a commitment to yourself" toward preserving and possibly im-
proving the most important organ
in your body…your brain.
Dr. Stephen Gemmell is the Director Exercise your mind – Engage in a
of The Memory Center at Washington variety of hobbies and activities that
Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, stimulate your brain. Also, challenge
Arkansas. He also serves as a member of yourself to not only participate in
the Medical-Scientific Advisory Com- things you’re good at, but also take
mittee for the Alzheimer’s Association. on new challenges. Perhaps you can
learn an instrument or take a class
For more information regarding The at a local college.
Memory Center or to schedule an ap-
pointment call 479.463.4444 Move your body – Research has
shown that cardiovascular exer-
cise at least three days a week for
30 minutes can improve cognitive
As most people enter into their 50s very similar complaints about their function and general alertness. Find
and beyond, forgetfulness or “senior memory and thinking as they age. activities and hobbies that get your
moments” begin to emerge on a Coupled with the changes that heart pumping. Remember, what’s
more consistent basis. People find occur inside the normal aging good for your heart is also good for
reassurance in friends and relatives brain, researchers are finding that your brain.
that report the same frustrating our lifestyles are also contributing
occurrences. Comments such as “I significantly to increased forget- Feed your mind – Eating dark
walked into the kitchen and could fulness. After retirement, it is not skinned fruits and vegetables tend
not remember why I was there” uncommon for people to signifi- to have the highest levels of natu-
or “sometimes I can’t think of the cantly decrease their cognitive and rally occurring antioxidants, which
word or name I want to say” are physical activity level. We tend to can be good for your brain. Also,
common complaints expressed by spend more time watching televi- cold water fish contain beneficial
people that sion and less omega-3 fatty acids, which have
I see in my time stimulat- been shown to be cognitively ben-
practice on a "After about the age ing our minds eficial.
daily basis. of 30, our brain cells and moving
Decrease your stress –Stress can
Age Asso- our bodies.
ciated Cogni- begin to shrink." Research has impair cell communication in
tive Decline supported that the learning and memory centers
(AACD) is a this less active of the brain. Learning relaxation
term used to describe the structural lifestyle likely serves to accelerate techniques and treating the cause
and functional changes that occur the process of the aging brain. of stress, anxiety and depression is
in a normal aging brain. After about There has been a considerable important for a healthy brain.
the age of 30, our brain cells begin amount of exciting research in the
to shrink. By the age of 60, our field of brain health and wellness Thank you Dr. Gemmell for your
brain weight begins to decrease at a over the past 15 years. For example, leadership on the Medical-Scientific Ad-
rate of approximately 2 percent per we now know that it is possible visory Committee.Your work is instru-
decade. These changes tend to im- to grow new brain cells and likely mental to our future vision of creating
pact certain areas more than others, slow the process of AACD. By 'a world without Alzheimer's'.
which is why most people report making a commitment to yourself
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 6 ]
My spouse was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years
ago. His decline has taken a rapid turn downward and
my caregiver burn-out and accumulated fatigue have
skyrocketed. I take my wedding vows very seriously,
so even the thought of having to put him in a long-term
care facility creates a tremendous amount of guilt and
anxiety. Our children want him home with me as long
as possible, but I don’t know how much longer I can go
on. Help – what should I do? - caregiver
Dear Caregiver: Retirement Congratulations
It’s almost impossible to say the word, “caregiver” for Margaret Love
without saying “guilt” in the same sentence. Admitting Margaret Love has been working with the ag-
“something’s gotta give” is a big step in facing the fact ing population for 24 years, including with the
that change must happen. Alzheimer’s Association for the past eight years
as the Assistant Programs Director and a care-
Think of it this way, long-term care facility staff work giver counselor. Over her 24-year career, Love
their 8+ hour shift and then turn it over to the next has worked directly with families with Alzheimer’s
shift. The family caregiver at home doesn’t get a break disease and other chronic diseases. Thank you to
from the “36 Hour Day” the disease inevitably requires, Margaret for all her love, dedication and commit-
and they run the risk of their own poor health, depres- ment to creating 'a world without Alzheimer's'.
sion or premature death, putting both at risk. Your role
as caregiver does not end with long-term care place-
ment; it morphs into care manager and quality-time austin’s camp
visits – from which you, your husband and children building bridges
will benefit. June 19-25, 2011
New Life Ranch, Colcord, OK
TAKE CONTROL Respite camp for teens grades 7-12
BY TAKING PART. who have a loved one with
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Camp Activities Include:
• Support sessions led by Alzheimer’s
Association staff; designed especially
for teen caregivers
• Paintball, Swimming, Photography,
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Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteering for clinical trials is one more!
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alz.org/trialmatch | 800.272.3900 national origin, religion, or disability; and a portion of the project costs are met by the
U.S. Administration on Aging, and state and federal OAA funds from the Area Agency on
Aging and Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division.
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 7 ]
Little Rock central arkansas regional office
Community Partners Implement Caregiver Lifeline Program
The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to announce the valuable information that will help our families provide
adoption of their Caregiver Lifeline program by the Cen- quality care to their loved ones with dementia while making
ter on Aging Northeast, the East Arkansas Area Agency on sure they care for their own well being."
Aging, Five Rivers Medical Center, Harris Hospital Senior Families are the heart and soul of the health and long-
Care, and St. Bernard’s Senior Health Clinic in Northeast term care system for the more than 60,000 people in Arkan-
Arkansas along with the South sas who have Alzheimer’s disease.
Arkansas Center on Aging, Su- Seven out of ten individuals are
perior Senior Care, Courtyard taken care of in the home by their
Health and Rehabilitation, and loved ones who provide over 75
South Arkansas Area Agency on percent of their care.
Aging in South Arkansas. “The program is designed
This Caregiver Lifeline to educate family care providers
program emphasizes the impor- to build better relationships and
tance of reducing caregiver stress, enhance the quality of life for
understanding the diagnosis and their loved one suffering from
the disease, the importance of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Tommy
legal and financial planning, as Glanton, Regional Director of the
well as how to improve the care Alzheimer’s Association. “With
of the individual affected. One of Alzheimer’s disease on the rise as
the most important things about our population continues to age,
The Caregiver Lifeline program includes supportive advice
the program is that it is designed and resources for caregivers including the importance of specialized education and support
to connect caregivers with local legal and financial planning. is more important than ever.”
resources to improve the quality of The Caregiver Kit includes the
life for the person with Alzheimer’s and their family. following major components: the
"It was a wonderful opportunity to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Notebook, the Coach
Alzheimer's Association,” said Rose Trosper, Family Care Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, and informa-
Specialist at the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging. “The tion and enrollment in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s As-
Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Lifeline program contains sociation Safe Return®; a 24-hour nationwide emergency
response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related
dementia who wander or who have a medical emergency.
All of this is made possible by a grant the Central Arkansas
Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association has received
from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation.
For more information on enrollment in this program please contact
one of our community partners or call Tiffany Phillips, Program
Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, at 501.265.0027.
Did you Know?
An estimated 250,000 American children
8 to 18 years old are providing care for
a loved one with Alzheimer's or another
form of dementia. Find out more about 2011
Summer teen caregiver camp by calling
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 8 ]
Fort Smith western arkansas regional office
A Pie In The Face
Never Felt So Good
Crawford Healthcare and Rehabilitation located
in Van Buren, Arkansas has been fundraising for Fort
Smith’s June 4 Walk to End Alzheimer’s since January
2011. Comprised of the facility’s employees, this pas-
sionate team is well on its way to being a leader in local
and unique fundraising.
Crawford Healthcare and Rehabilitation’s Walk
Team Captain, Peggy Peters, has rallied the team
around fun and competitive fundraising initiatives in-
cluding a cutest baby contest, chili cook-offs and more; Maintenance employee, Tim Herring, received a pie in the face from
raising close to $3000 since January 2011. Environmental Supervisor Peggy Peters to raise money for the June
Peters says the “biggest money maker” was a fund- 4 Walk To End Alzheimer's.
raising event called “A Pie in the Face”, where em- “Ken Kilgore, the owner of Crawford Healthcare and
ployees voted on which staff members would receive Rehabilitation, will be matching the team’s fundraising
a pie smashed in their face by placing money in each efforts up to $2,500 this year,” said Peters.
nominee’s voting box. The honor of delivering the pie The team’s passion is rooted in personal and profes-
was then auctioned off amongst employees. The event sional experience with Alzheimer’s. Peters confronted
raised $600. the disease at the early age of 17 when her grandmoth-
“You have to realize it is going to take money to er passed away from the disease; however, her aunt was
find a cure,” said Peters. “Even if you can only give a diagnosed only two years ago. Professionally, Crawford
couple of dollars, it is two dollars closer to a cure. Ev- employees face it every day in their work environment.
ery little bit helps.” “I see the effect Alzheimer’s disease has on residents
Team members try to start a fundraising initia- and their family members,” said Peters. “This is a ter-
tive every two weeks, and a dunking booth is being rible disease and we want to help.”
planned to raise money in the future. Peters shared that
one of the keys to their team’s success is incentivizing For more information on how to get involved with a Walk To
the fundraising opportunities by offering prizes such End Alzheimer’s near you, visit www.alz.org/alzokar or call
as paid days off or gift cards. Also, she highlighted the 1.800.272.3900.To donate to Crawford Healthcare’s fund-
importance of connecting with current community raising efforts, please contact Peggy Peters at 479.474.6885.
leaders and events to pass out awareness materials and
Crawford Walk Team Every 69 Seconds Someone
Fundraising Tips Develops Alzheimer's.
• Chili cook-offs Act NOW.
• Mexican and southern food dinners
• Selling holiday cookie “telegrams” Sign up to Walk To End Alzheimer's
• Cutest baby photo contest June 4, 2011
• $1 casual clothes day at work @ Ben Geren Park, Fort Smith, AR
• Dunking booth More Info, Call: 479.783.2022
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 9 ]
Bentonville northwest arkansas regional office
2011 Cherish Every Moment Gala Review
We would like to recognize and thank the 2011 Cherish Every Moment Gala sponsors. They help us make it
possible to continue to provide services to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Silver Sponsors Bronze Sponsors
The Walker Foundation Arvest Bank The Office of Todd Whatley Elder Law
Washington Regional Heinz Pactiv
Walmart Realty Tyson
The 2011 Cherish Every Moment Gala on March 5 in CITY. Front (left to The 2011 Cherish Every Moment Gala celebrated all those who
right): Julie Olsen, Sarah Van Vleck, Bill Bradley, David Means. Back: have come before us in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
Patrick Hall, Karen Gray, Dave Williams
Did you Know?
Although 44 percent of caregivers reported
being employed full or part time, many
caregivers of people with Alzheimer's and
other dementias reported making major
changes to their work schedules because
of their caregiving responsibilities:
61 percent of women and 70 percent of
men said they had to go in late, leave early
or take time off. - 2011 Facts and Figures
THE END OF ALZHEIMER'S STARTS WITH YOU
Your company can help employees by joining the
Northwest Walk To End Alzheimer's Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance (AEDA). By
@ Arvest Ballpark, Springdale, Arkansas joining the AEDA, you will be able to provide tools to
educate your employees, their families and the commu-
Sign Up To Walk: 479.273.5559 nity on the importance of early detection of Alzheimer’s
and the warning signs. For more information call
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 10 ]
Events Calendar 2011
[ Tulsa office ]
06.09.11 Education Conference - Tulsa Renaissance Hotel
06.19.11 - 06.25.11 Austin’s Camp Building Bridges - New Life Ranch, Colcord, OK
08.27.11 Walk To End Alzheimer’s - ORU Campus, Tulsa
09.10.11 Latino Event: Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body - St. Xavier Catholic Church, Tulsa
For More Info. Call 918.481.7741
[ OKC office ]
05.07.11 Southwest Oklahoma Walk to End Alzheimer’s - Elmer Thomas Park, Lawton, OK
05.12.11 OKC Memory Gala - National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
09.17.11 OKC Walk To End Alzheimer’s - AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Mickey Mantle Plaza
11.09.11 OKC Education Conference
For More Info. Call 405.319.0780
[ Little Rock office ]
06.18.11 Little Rock Walk To End Alzheimer’s - Riverfest Amphitheatre
08.25.11 Little Rock Education Conference - Clinton Presidential Center
09.17.11 Jonesboro Walk To End Alzheimer's - Arkansas State University Campus
10.21.11 Memento Gala: Honoring Dr. David Lipschitz - Peabody Hotel
For More Info. Call 501.265.0027
[ Fort Smith office ]
05.13.11 New Office Open House/Ribbon Cutting - Fort Smith, AR
06.04.11 Fort Smith Walk To End Alzheimer's - Ben Geren Park, Fort Smith, AR
08.18.11 Education Conference
12.31.11 Tinsel 'n Tails Gala
For More Info. Call 479.783.2022 BE A LEADER IN YOUR
[ Bentonville office ]
09.10.11 North West Arkansas Walk To End
NOW FOR YOUR
Alzheimer's - Arvest Ballpark, Springdale, AR WALK TEAM
08.2011 Memory Maker Triathlon - Bella Vista, AR
For More Info. Call 479.273.5559
The Laureate Walk Team kicked off
their fundraising efforts by selling
[2011 Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum] exclusive Walk To End Alzheimer's
05.15.11 - 05.17.11, Washington, D.C. Cookbooks. To purchase your copy
For More Info. 405.319.0780 (OK) or 501.265.0027 (AR) call Jill Peters at 918.502.5007 or
*Dates are subject to change. Visit www.alz.org/alzokar
Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter [ 11 ]
Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association, Inc.
Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter
Permit No. 1125
Task Force Takes On Alzheimer's In Arkansas
With more than 76,000 Arkan- tive Dawn Creekmore of Bauxite rallied legislative leaders
sans currently suffering from to support this measure. Rep. Creekmore and Sen. Barbara
Alzheimer’s, a number that will Horn of Foreman led the effort by submitting the bill in the
increase to more than 100,000 2009 legislative session. They had a vision of a task force that
by 2020, the Alzheimer’s Asso- would identify the state’s current resources while creating a
ciation is thrilled to applaud the readiness plan for the overwhelming growth of Alzheimer’s
release of the Task Force on the disease. Coach Broyles recognized the importance for “A
Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease Game Plan” that would prepare the state for the fight against
in Arkansas Final Report. This Alzheimer’s over the next two decades. The Alzheimer’s As-
report was produced by caregiv- sociation eagerly worked alongside the authors and strongly
ers, public health officials, pa- supported the bill.
tient advocates and community During the following legislative session, the bill received
leaders to tackle the wide range unanimous passage through both the House and Senate
of Alzheimer’s issues that Arkansas is facing. and, with Governor Mike Beebe’s signature, became Act 92
On January 20 at the Arkansas State Capitol, the Al- of 2009. The report is the result of the vision of our state’s
zheimer’s Association joined with five Arkansans, who are leadership and the hours of hard work and dedication from
profiled in the report, to celebrate its release to the Arkansas each and every member of the Task Force.
Legislature and the public. Regardless of their connection “The Alzheimer’s Association commends the Task Force
to Alzheimer’s disease, these advocates all had an important for their efforts and proudly stands behind this report,” said
story to share – stories of love, struggles and a desire for a Mark Fried, President & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Associa-
better future for Arkansas. tion, Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter.
In December of 2008, the journey of the Task Force on Thank you to the Task Force's commitment to helping families who
the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Arkansas began. Uni- are affected by this disease.To view the Final Report, visit www.
versity of Arkansas legend Frank Broyles and Representa- alz.org/alzokar