A L Z H E I M E R ’ S O F C E N T R A L A L A B A M A ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA The Alzheimer’s Update Fall 2009 Walking to Remember S aturday, N ovember 7, 2009 – r iverchaSe G alleria : WalkiNG today for tomorroW whole family with food, door prizes ramifications of caring for someone and entertainment provided by with dementia. the Vestavia Hills High School Jazz Band. $60 covers the cost of sending a month’s supply of continence products Ask family, friends and co-workers to a family living on a fixed income to walk with you on a Team. struggling to pay for medications and P lease join us Saturday, food. November 7, inside the All Walkers raising $50 receive Riverchase Galleria for Walking a short sleeved T-shirt. Walkers $100 ensures that a patient at risk for to Remember. This fun indoor, three raising a minimum of $75 may wandering can wear a Project Lifesaver mile Walk raises fund for services, receive a long-sleeved shirt. St. bracelet, which helps locate them if education and research benefiting Martin’s in the Pines will provide they have wandered from home. Alabama’s patients and families tote bags to walkers raising a dealing with dementia. There are over minimum of $100, while supplies $250 brings relief to a weary caregiver 90,000 Alabamians with dementia last! You must be present at the by allowing a patient to attend an and over 180,000 family caregivers. walk to collect a T-shirt or bag. adult day care center for several days a Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama is the month. largest non-profit organization in the Your support can make a difference in state providing support for families the lives of families in need of support, Call 205-871-7970 for a registration and patients. education and advocacy: packet, or email your request to email@example.com. Join with your CBS 42’s Sherri Jackson and Miss $25 enables ACA to conduct support family, friends and co-workers to Alabama 2008, Amanda Tapley, will groups in the community or send raise money for the over 90,000 be there. The event kicks off in the a speaker to a community group or Alzheimer’s patients in Alabama. food court area of the Riverchase senior center to present information Remember – No gift is too small! Galleria at 7:30. The Walk gets about the underway at 8:30. Participants medical, are encouraged to walk 3 miles or emotional, a distance that suits their personal financial fitness level. This event is fun for the and legal ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Attention Veterans, Spouses and Widows Veterans, their spouses or widows • If the veteran is deceased, the surviving may be eligible for the VA Aid and spouse must not have remarried Attendance Benefit to help pay for home health care, assisted living facility A veteran is: care or nursing home care. • At least 65 years of age or 100% disabled hot diamoNdS: Even if you have been told that you • Discharged from service, with not less a Nother do not qualify, there may be assistance that an honorable discharge SucceSSful in qualifying for this benefit you have earned. The following information • Served 90 days or more active duty, with a least one (1) day during time of war Summer eveNt ACA supporters gathered at applies when seeking this benefit. Wallace-Burke Fine Jewelry For more information about this VA store in SoHo, on July 23, for a Who is eligible? benefit please call the ACA office at reception and drawing for this • The veteran, spouse or surviving spouse (205) 871-7970. year’s Hot Diamond prize. David Hezlep and Preston Foy, owners of the store graciously donated a three carat oval sapphire pendant surrounded with diamonds Over 200 tickets were sold. And the lucky winner was Mary Cummings (pictured above with Shannon Neil), wife of Eddie Cummings, Executive Director of Brookdale Place University Park. aca S taff Miller Piggott Birmingham Quilters Guild Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org supports ACA Tamara Byrd ACA was honored to be selected by journey as quilts tell their own stories. Office Administrator email@example.com the Birmingham Quilters Guild as the ACA has added to our resource beneficiary of a silent auction which library a book that features a 2 page Vance Holder was part of their quilt show in June. story on each quilt and a full color Program Coordinator photo of each creation. firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to displaying hundreds Sharon Ziemak, of beautiful and creative quilts made We are grateful to the Birmingham Alabama Cares Care by their members, this year’s show Quilters Guild for not only their Specialist included a display of the Alzheimer’s financial support but for introducing email@example.com Art Quilt Initiative. This quilt us to their members. Wendy Creel display, titled “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Bookkeeper Piece by Piece, is an emotional firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 2 FALL 2009 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA ACA’s Support of Research Since 2001, ACA has funded eleven on a C. elegans model of Alzheimer’s amyloid beta in plaques. The research grants at the University disease. The Caldwell lab has developed presence of substantial amyloid beta of Alabama at Birmingham and an animal model of AD where the protein deposition in the blood University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. worms display age-dependent neuron vessel walls of the brain has also been These pilot grants are intended to loss induced by the human amyloid- shown. Clearly, cerebrovascular encourage junior investigators as they beta peptide that is associated with disease is not the only cause of AD, establish careers related to Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of this but more and more epidemiological disease and dementia. A complete project is to take advantage of the (population based) studies indicate list of grants awarded can be viewed attributes of this model nematode that cerebral blood vessels are on our website at www.alzca.org. Our system and rapidly screen small damaged in AD patients. These 2010 grant awards will be given at molecules for efficacy in reducing studies suggest that high blood ACA’s annual meeting, November 13 age-dependent neuron death. These pressure (i.e., hypertension) and (see page 6). experiments will serve as a pilot project stroke (i.e., ischemia) are important in a strategy designed to accelerate factors contributing to the Kim A. Caldwell, Ph.D. the translational path for therapeutic development of Alzheimer’s disease. University of Alabama discovery and advancement. Department of The results from our study indicate Biological Sciences Inga Kadish, PhD that hypertension and stroke are Study: Screening for University of Alabama at contributing factors for Alzheimer’s Neuroprotective Small Birmingham Department of disease. Thus the results show that Molecules to Block Age-dependent Biological Sciences maintaining normal blood pressure Neurodegeneration in an Animal Study: The Contribution of Ischemia and preventing stroke would Model of Alzheimer’s Disease to Pathogenisis of Alzheimer’s Disease decrease the incidence and severity of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama is Alzheimer’s disease is associated supporting new research in the lab with accumulation of protein called WWW.ALZCA.ORG PAGE 3 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Memorials, Honorariums and Friends March 15 - September 1, 2009 Memorials Paradiso Painting Company, Inc. George Pitzer Billie Norris Sam & Claire Parker Terry & Ann Stinson Ben & Betty Schopfer In memory of Cora Mae Alfano Jeane & Bill Stone Peggy Spina & Jim Allen Lisa Mosley T.K.H. Design Company James & Linda Stephens In memory of Marie Amaro WAKM Companies, Inc. Dale & Melanie Stone Paul & Betty Copper Carol E. Whitaker Marilyn Tinnermon In memory of Hazel Clay Autry Carolyn Williamson In memory of Bobbie Alexander Hopkins Susanna St. John Davis Luke & Charlene Williamson Mr. & Mrs. Charles Alexander & Family Irma St. John Judi Z. Wurm Decatur Highway Church of Christ In memory of Marion Bevis Carla C. Youngblood In memory of Kenneth Howd Janie M. Killough In memory of Juanita Crowe Anita Faucett In memory of Jim Bishop Rebecca Jeffcoat Margaret Faucett Kathy Pace Jeanette Guthrie In memory of James Harold Hunter In memory of Ludie Mae Blair Michael & Karen Irvine Linda Reining Lenn B. Jackson Barbara & Bill Mandy In memory of Herbert Wagner Johnston In memory of Clara Pauline Black Arlene C. Miller & Hewie Powell Pat & Bob Hearon Aldersgate Sunday School Class of In memory of Dr. James S. Davies In memory of Prudie Jacki Kearley Canterbury United Methodist Church The Smoking Bird Owners & Staff James N. Green In memory of Mabel Brown Alan & Cindi Weeks In memory of Ozell Johnson Rick & Lynda Ivey & Family In memory of Charles Richard “Dick” Davis Ernest & Frances Warren Mott & Doc Rusk Doris W. Hipp In memory of Murray R. Key In memory of Hilda Bynum Phil & Judy Wood Frank & Lou Posey Judi T. Adkins In memory of Essie L. Duncan Tim & Lori Thompson James M. & Cecilia M. Crandall Deanna & David Williams In memory of Myrtle Knowles Gayle Palmer In memory of Faye England Bill & Betty Morgan In memory of William & Hilda Bynum JoAnn Buckley In memory of Glenn Langer, M.D. John & Catherine Amos In memory of Mary Louise Estridge Orthopaedic Specialists of Alabama Vickie & Jerry Chandler Judy T. Jackson In memory of Joseph Lemons In memory of Betty Ann Cadden In memory of Tom George Jim Clifford Marsha E. Robins Ruth Lloyd In memory of Frances Maddox In memory of Charles H. Cargal In memory of Eloise Gilliland Nora Bowden Ruth & Marvin Engel Lloyd & Elaine Lett Wendell & Nancy Catchings Tom D. Mayhall Wade A. Mahlke In memory of Anne Manning Greg Graham & Peggy McCain Mount Calvary Presbyterian Church Tammy Looney Ion Interactive Video Technologies James B. Spiers In memory of Wilbur Carl “Sonny” Marchman James L. Sanderson, Jr. DMD In memory of Lorene Marsh Grainger Pee Wee & Faye Brown Style Advertising Judy Dawson Jeffrey Cox In memory of William “Bill” Carlton In memory of Marie B. Granberry Terry & Roger Wilson Mary Thompson & Family Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, CH-53 In memory of Patricia Richardson Mauter In memory of Nell Hardin Cleveland Diagnostic Group Jarvis R. Donner & Family Ollie & Leon Dean In memory Sara Elizabeth Gregory Susan H. Mooresmith Connie & John McCulloch Mr. & Mrs. Terry Keahey Spencer Stuart In memory of Joseph Francis Covington, Sr. Janet C. Mann In memory of Thelma Louise Harvey McAnnally American Subcontractors Association Of Alabama Frances. P. Smith Representative & Mrs. Spencer Bachus Randy Anderson Willard A. Smith Barbara Edmonds Terry & Cynthia Argo Pamela C. Woodham Don G. Owens John B. & Rebecca L. Barnett In memory of George Gunn, Jr. In memory of Roy and Ruth McKee Raquel Bergeron Mark Gunn Andy McKee Ronald & Dorothy Brashier In memory of Jon Gustin In memory of Gloria Miller David & Katie Brown Peggy A. Gustin Mr. & Mrs. Jimmie Hill Mary Jo Bullard In memory of Marie Smith Hammond In memory of Rose M. Mitchell Commercial Floor Systems Mr. & Mrs. Blair Cox & Family William S. Mitchell Steven Corenblum Bob & Patsy Cummings In memory of Lillian Virginia Montgomery Covington Flooring Company Judy & Sam Nelson Sam & Brenda Jimmerson Richard Covington Connie & Marshall Urist Terry & Marci Skinner Lisa & Alan Engel In memory of L. S. Hart In memory of Wilma Moon Ilene Engel & Bob Arotsky Gayle & Martin Palmer Paula & Harvey Campbell Floors, Inc. In memory of Lillian Hartline Jim Clifford Steve & Jane Hays Anne & James Hartline Friends from ABC’s Ronne & Donald Hess In memory of Norma Jean Hathcox In memory of Bruce Nelson Gared Holdings Jim & Donna Harper Margaret R. Graffeo Interface Flor In memory of Irving Hawkins In memory of Myrtle Marie Noles Mrs. Dolores Jazwinski & Family Maryon Pittman Allen Mr. & Mrs. Tom Laggy William & Joan Lauterbach John & Chris Aspec Saddle Run Homeowners Association Mr. & Mrs. James H. Lott, Jr. Joan Ballard In memory of Hazel Norton Masonry Arts, Inc. Chuck & Vicky Beveridge Christina Frederick Willine Mitnick Bonnie Conn In memory of Pat Patterson Eleanor & John Montgomery Patricia Jennings Mary Frances & David Holden N.A.H. Inc. Judy L. Leesburg Barbara & Ben Nevins Betty Martin PAGE 4 FALL 2009 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Memorials Continued In memory of Kay and Sandy Peat Gebie & Bud Amberson In memory of Eldora Stokes N. H. Johnson Honorariums Ann & Jack Cavaleri In memory of Erlene Suitts In memory of Jeanne Wainwright Presley Jo Davis In honor of Jeff Carlisle Lee & Joy Cooper Joanne & Preston Pepper Bob & Jewel McKay Catherine Long In memory of Hal T. Sumner In honor of Sarah Harfield Dr. Stephen G. Schaeffer Jenny Benefield Paula W. Campbell UAB Health Systems Angela W. Bridges In honor of Horace Haywood Sam Urmey Beth Carpenter Helen, Cathy and Greg Haywood In memory of Laverne Pritchard Herbert C. Church In honor of Kathy Matuszak Rheuben & Joyce Dawson Vickie Colson Kate Wheeler Rebecca Lark DCH Employees In honor of Pete Roth Dianne Scott Lois R. Denny Pat Weil In memory of Agnes Reynolds Ellen K. Finley In honor of Nallie Talley Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Warren Debrah Fisher Overton First Baptist Church In memory of Belle Edney Rigsby Kim Gilliland Helen & Richard Acton In memory of Margaret “Dolly” Robinson Pam Hamilton Joy Irwin Friend Donations Herbert R. Church Sandi Lee Monica Anderson In memory of Lorene Romano Lindy Noland Tamika L. Bell Arthur & Joann Fox Jacqueline N. Perkins Lucy Taylor Chapman In memory of Ann Roth Steward Machine Company, Inc. Linda Cheatum Mary L. Jones In memory of Vi Susanbach Community Health Charities of Alabama In memory of Elizabeth W. Shook Ranny, Cheryl & Keith Kittinger Stanley W. Crumley Your Friends at BE&K Engineering In memory of John Talantis Charles & Reita Davis In memory of Loretta L. Shrader Donna & Lamar Mayo Delta Enhancement Life & Training Linda G. Brady In memory of Florence M. Trecks Alliance, Inc. (DELTA, Inc.) Joy Crain Paula D. Chapple Tara N. Demming June, Blake & Roger Edwards In memory of Joyce McGinnis Troup Energen Corporation Matching Gift Program Sue Ellen Gerrells Janet Stephens Family First Data Corporation Thomas Y. Russell In memory of Evelyn Tubbs Jeffrey K. Haney Jennifer Sasser Suellen Bell Cheryl Keahey Marlenna Walker Denise Bryant Anne B. LaRussa Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Washington, Jr. Samuel Corbin Patricia Moore Kaye Wright Rachael Crutchfield Nissan North America, Inc. Matching Robert Wright Lynn Dover Gift Foundation In memory of Earl T. Sims Mickey Hicks Sonja K. Patrick James Griner Donna R. Johnson Riverchase Women’s Club Linda W. Redd Midge Parker Bonnie H. Rose In memory of Connie Fix Smith In memory of Delores E. Tucker Emmica N. Spencer Jo Ann Buckley Betty & Marvin Entrekin Julian Tarver In memory of Virginia Roy Sparks In memory of Sara Ward Wiregrass Area Combined Federal Campaign Bobby Whisenant Robert & Mary Sorrell Rhonda Yearout In memory of Walter Speigle In memory of Ronald Weathers Bro. and Mrs. Leon Zalenski BPW of Huffman Alabama BPW Past State Presidents Women’s Junior Chamber of Commerce The Amulets Dance Club In memory of Emory G. Stansell Cloister Condominiums Gwen, Steve, Lee & Zana Dr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Nelson In memory of Hazel Marie Stewart Grantland Rice, II Martha Haywood In memory of June Wheless Lee W. Reeder Nell Howell In memory of Ruth Stinson In memory of Judy Whiddon James N. Green Martha Ann Stevenson In memory of Carrie Annette Stockman Irene Whiddon J. Eric Nelson In memory of Delores Williams Mary Anne Schultz Deanna & David Williams WWW.ALZCA.ORG PAGE 5 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Upcoming Events N ovember iS N atioNal a lzheimer ’S a WareNeSS m oNth aca’S t haNkSGiviNG a rbor lighting service at the Homewood on November 14, from 10:00 a.m. o ctober 26 to N ovember 12 Library at 1721 Oxmoor Road. to noon. Call the church, located at Each year ACA volunteers erect an Breakfast will begin at 8:30 am. 1114 Oxmoor Road in Homewood, arbor which is decorated with leaves ACA’s annual meeting and candle at 871-7324 to register. on which family members have lighting service will begin at 9:00 a.m. written special, cherished memories d emeNtia c are c halleNGeS of their loved one. The Arbor’s leaves a d aNce to r emember — c oNfereNce — represent hundreds of memories of f riday, N ovember 13 S aturday, N ovember 21 patients and happier times. Leaves The Birmingham Ballroom Dance The Family Care Center and Family will be available at the Arbor for you Association and Concordia Beneficial Matters Ministry of The Guiding to add your memory or you may call Society present “A Dance to Light Church presents nationally our office and request them. Look Remember” to benefit Alzheimer’s recognized dementia expert, Teepa for the Arbor inside Brookwood of Central Alabama. The event Snow. Saturday, November 21 from Village on the downstairs level, across will take place at the Concordia 9 a.m. to noon at The Guiding Light from Brio. Beneficial Society located at 3400 Church, 1800 John Rogers Drive in First Avenue North, from 7:30 Birmingham. For more information, WalkiNG to r emember — until 11:00 p.m. It will be a night email email@example.com S aturday, N ovember 7 of Exhibition Dances, featuring or call 807.1826. 8:00 a.m., food court area, amateur and professional dancers, Riverchase Galleria. plus time for general dancing. For more information contact Madrene StateWide day of Prayer Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org aNd remembraNce— or 915-0482. SuNday, November 8 The prayer for Alzheimer’s can be commuNicatioN With aN alzheimer’S found on ACA’s website. PatieNt – Saturday, November 14 As part of Dawson Memorial Baptist a NNual meetiNG aNd c aNdle Church’s Health and Wellness l iGhtiNG—friday, November 13 Ministry, ACA’s Executive Director, 2010 “telliNG S torieS ” Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama will Miller Piggott will lead this free caleNdarS are oN Sale for $10 host our annual meeting and candle training for caregivers at the church each , iNcludiNG ShiPPiNG : WWW . alzca . orG PAGE 6 FALL 2009 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA A Message from Miller Piggott, Executive Director H ere at Alzheimer’s of Central “pay it forward” is a first for us. ACA Come join Alzheimer’s survivors at our Alabama we have tacked is nearly twenty years old and this is 15th annual Walking to Remember two new phrases onto our our first letter campaign. This is the event, Saturday, November 7. If you mission statement: first time we have had a donor willing can’t be at the Walk to show your to match, dollar for dollar, what we support, “pay it forward” and send a raise. Your gift made before the end donation which will be matched and Alzheimer’s has become of the year will be doubled to provide used to fund our service programs. everyone’s story. twice as many services for deserving Give back to the organization that families. Think of the possibilities! helps patients and families who literally ACA’s mission is not in If you have benefitted from this lose it all. We need your support now organization, now is the time we need more than ever! recession. your help. With someone developing Alzheimer’s every 70 seconds in America, nearly every person has a family member or knows someone with the disease. Unfortunately just about every one of us is touched by this disease in some way. In promoting HBO’s special, The Alzheimer’s Project, Maria Shriver stated that the tragedy of Alzheimer’s is that there are no survivors. And in part that statement is true. However, as family members we are Alzheimer’s survivors. And as survivors I want to challenge each one of you to continue to fight this disease through your support of ACA and the work that we do. Our mission is not in recession. More than ever, ACA is challenged to come up with new ways to reach our funding goals. Our matching gift campaign, WWW.ALZCA.ORG PAGE 7 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out f rom r ichard taylor, P h d. R ichard Taylor, a retired three weeks. We cried until we no it in the first place. I went to my local Psychologist, was diagnosed longer had tears to shed, and we were Alzheimer’s organization, and they with Alzheimer’s-type dementia all emotionally exhausted. The irony told me I must get my affairs in order. in 2001 at the age of 58. Now 65, was - here I was a PhD, a psychologist, I checked out black-and-white videos he is a champion for individuals with with little to no knowledge of from their library and saw people in early-stage and early-onset Alzheimer’s dementia, much less dementia the latter stages of the disease. disease. He is the author of the book probably of the Alzheimer’s type. Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out. He I was being pro-active. I was practicing also blogs about his experiences and “So complicated, what professionals preach. Three years produces a newsletter. We found the later, another fact jumped off a web and so simple, following information from his blog to page I was reading. “The average age be meaningful and hope you agree. both at the same time.” of someone who is diagnosed with For more information visit dementia is 72 years old.” Wow,” I www.richardtaylorphd.com. We were crying for ourselves and we thought. I was only 62 at the time. were crying for each other. We were Therefore, 72+8 equals 80 my hand As you-all already know we as citizens, crying for our future, a future turned held calculator told me. I had 18 years as communities, as countries and a upside down and inside out by the left. “Hooray!” thought I. world community are all in the early unexpected visit of Dr. Alzheimer, stages of an early on-set tsunami of and his sticky footed army who now Fast-forward to today. Here I stand, dementia. A flood that will pale the apparently were and still are tramping 66 years of age, probably in the last importance and impact of bird flu, down brain cells between my ears. days of early stage dementia, probably swine flu, greedy bankers, unregulated After I ran out of tears. I turned to of the Alzheimer’s type. What to capitalists, and dare I say incompetent Mr. Google and opened many of say? So much, in so little time. So and naive leaders. the almost 17 million Web Pages complicated, and so simple, both at containing the word Alzheimer’s. the same time. Seven years ago, after undergoing It was quite filling, but not very more than a year of testing everything satisfying. Like many folks with too I urge all my kindred spirits, my fellow from my urine to my memory, a much education, I had hoped to travelers on this road less taken to stand neurologist in the United States of calm my fears with vast amounts of up and speak out. Though we are often America, Houston, Texas to be exact, information. ignored, we have a duty to stand up, walked into his office and said to speak out, and come out of our closets. me. “Richard you have dementia, I thought I could control my out If you have met one person with probably of the Alzheimer’s type.” of control fears of tomorrow by dementia: you know only one person understanding what was happening with dementia. Each person’s life has What he said after those words my today. It did not work. One fact I evolved differently. Each person’s brother, nor my neither wife nor I can discovered in my internet wanderings brain creates a unique reality for him recall. We drove home in silence. As I burned into my consciousness “the or her. Each is cursed and blessed with entered my house. I was overwhelmed average lifespan of someone diagnosed the ability to think about their own with emotion and began to cry with dementia is eight years from the thinking. Thus, any cognitive disorder hysterically, I ran out into the backyard date of the diagnosis.” Naturally, I is by definition difficult to catalog, crying. Only to have my wife suggested began to prepare for my own death. understand, much less predict or alter in no uncertain terms I should come through eating more blueberries, back into the house, because the I dragged my family down with me, a playing more games on the computer, neighbors would think she was hitting fact that to this day sometimes upsets or swallow more and more pills of this me. Everyone in my family cried for them and still troubles me for doing or that type. PAGE 8 FALL 2009 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA continued So, exactly what is it that I want to is Richard Taylor, only it’s really not love them, to learn about their disability get off my chest? What do I want to Richard, it is just Richard’s shell. He to enable them to be all they can be, and stand up and witness to this audience unfortunately is gone.” I am not now, did I mention to love them. of difference-makers. What is it that nor will I ever be reduced to existing only I and the other people sitting in as a turtle. Just because when you For even now, the waves of baby my boat wear shoes almost identical knock on my door I don’t answer, or I boomers are lapping at the ankles of to mine, what do we know that you answer and I don’t know who you are, their governments to do something all don’t know? or you do not recognize me: about the dementia tsunami. A wave that will sweep away memory, I want you to take away with you That does not mean I am anything competence, and eventually millions one fact about us, and several ideas less than a whole and complete upon millions of lives. The flood will about how to treat us as we face the human being. It is everyone’s drown me and many, many others, challenges of dementia. I want and birthright to live a full, complete, and bankrupt social services. need you to help me as my cognitive joy filled, loving, satisfying, and skills decline. I want you to enable me purposeful, and purpose-filled life. While at the same time shredding the to hold on to the world for as long as If I had lost my arm in an accident, safety nets for people who cannot help humanly possible. my family, the community, the themselves, much less cure themselves government, and the world would of their failing cognitive skills. This First, I want you to know, appreciate, rally around me and seek to provide a year in my country alone, 67,000 and act as if I am a whole person. prosthetic arm. When a human being citizens will die of dementia-related is losing the ability to control some causes. That is the equivalent of 170 That is the fact I hope no one ever of her or his cognitive functions, the Boeing 747 aircrafts crashing, all forgets. For indeed I am, and will family cries, the community draws within a year’s time. be up to the moment of my death away, and the governments are too a whole, complete human being. I busy saving their banking systems. Richard Taylor’s comments where am not half-full, nor half empty. I For better or worse, right or wrong, made on World Alzheimer’s Day, never-ever want to hear you say as I people confronted with the symptoms September 21, 2009. sit mute in a wheel chair, lie in bed, of declining cognitive functions depend or wander around my village “there on the people seated in this room to Take the Yarn Test If heart disease and diabetes aren’t bad yarn or string (or measuring tape) for enough, now comes another reason ladies and 40 inch section for men to watch your weight. According and fit it around your waist. If it does to recent studies, packing on too not go around your normal waist area many pounds can increase the risk of you may be at risk for diabetes and developing Alzheimer’s disease. vascular disease and at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. To better visualize the possibility of obesity take a 35 inch section of WWW.ALZCA.ORG PAGE 9 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Alzheimer’s Support Groups A LL LISTINGS ARE SUBJECT In Homewood a group meets the A Vestavia group meets on the first TO CHANGE; PLEASE first Tues. of each month in at 6:30 and third Thursday evenings of each CALL THE NUMBERS at Brookdale Place University Park month at Vestavia United Methodist PROVIDED TO CONFIRM (formerly known as Somerby). Adult Church, at 6:30 p.m. Donna Lott, MEETING INFORMATION. sitter care is available at no cost if 205-253-4105. needed. Arlene Hicks, 205-870-0786. One of the most important things a b ibb c ouNty : family member or other caregiver can In Homewood a group meets the In Bibb County a support group do for themselves is attend a support third Thursday of each month at 5:30 meets at Bibb Medical Center, AOB group of people sharing their journey. in the North Building at Dawson Building. Call Sara White, 205-926- Here are support groups in our area: Memorial Baptist Church. Debbie 4881 or 205-926-5633. Moss, 205-871-7324. c alhouN c ouNty : J efferSoN /S helby c ouNty : In Hoover a support group meets In Anniston a group meets at Regional The ACA group meets the second at Country Cottage on the second Medical Center’s Partial Hospital (5th and fourth Tues. each month, at Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m. floor) each Tues. evening from 6 to 7 Alzheimer’s of Central AL’s office, 300 Sara Averett, 205-987-0847. pm. Kathleen Miller, 256-235-5578. Office Park Drive, Suite 225, 11 a.m. Miller Piggott, 205-871-7970. In Hoover a group meets at Galleria c ullmaN c ouNty : Oaks each month. 205-823-2393. In Cullman a group meets at the The Ashton Gables in Riverchase Cullman Regional Medical Center on support group meets on the second In North Birmingham a group meets the last Tuesday of the month in the Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wed. of each month at 5:00 Governor’s Room of POB#2. Call Call Judith Bradley, 205-527-5990. at the North Birmingham Library. Brenda Branham at 256-737-2636. Elizabeth Hope at 205-934-2178. f ayette c ouNty : In Birmingham The UAB Alzheimer’s Family Program facilitates meetings The Office of Senior Citizens In Fayette, the Alzheimer’s Family at the South Highland Presbyterian Services caregiver support group Support Group meets every second Church on Highland Avenue on the meeting is every Tuesday from 1 Tues., 2 p.m. at Morningside of Fayette first Tuesday of the month at 11:00 pm – 2 pm. Barbara Shores or Janice Assisted Living Facility. Ashley Adcox, a.m., and at St. Martin’s-in-the-Pines Williams at 205-325-1416. 205-333-2990 or 1-800-432-5030. on the fourth Tues. of the month at 6 l amar c ouNty : p.m. Betty Roberts, 205-934-2178. In Pleasant Grove a group meets at In Vernon a support group meets the the United Methodist Church on the first Tues. of each month, 6:30 p.m., Collat Jewish Family Services second Thursday at 4:30. Elizabeth at the Care Center of Vernon. Call caregivers support group is held on the Hope at 205-934-2178. Randy Bullock, 205-695-9313. third Wednesday of the month at the Levite Jewish Community Center at 7 The Sixth Avenue Baptist Church talladeGa c ouNty : p.m. 205-879-3438. – Aging Gracefully Ministry support In Talladega the Citizens Baptist group meets the first Monday of each Medical Center a group meets second In Gardendale a group meets the month from 6 p.m. at 1101 Martin Sat. each month at 10 a.m. Clifford second Thurs. at 6 p.m. at Covenant Luther King Drive. Delois Guy, 205- Moseley, 256-315-5986 or Citizens Place. Betty Roberts, 205-934-2178. 251-5173. Home Health. 256-761-4363. The Guiding Light Church in In Trussville a group meets on the tuScalooSa c ouNty : the Adult Day Care Center holds a fourth Tuesday at 6:30 at the First In Tuscaloosa a group meets the caregiver support group meeting every Baptist Church of Trussville. Elizabeth second Tues. of each month at fourth Sat. from 11 am – noon. Call Hope, 205-934-2178. the West Alabama Easter Seal Natalie Washington, 205-807-1826. Rehabilitation Center, at 2 p.m. Call Vicki Kerr, 205-752-6840. PAGE 10 FALL 2009 ALZHEIMER’S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA A Kickoff Luncheon for Walking to Remember a beNefit for a lzheimer ’S of c eNtral a labama , WaS a SucceSS With over 30 teamS PledGiNG to raiSe aNyWhere from $250.00 dollarS to over $5,000.00. To learn more about how to help and Vice President Christy Baynes Special thanks to the Brookdale team with this year’s walk, more than lead the cheers as pledges were made. for supplying the luncheon, Angel 70 gathered on September 9 in the Care home health for our centerpieces Gazebo Room at Brookdale Place and to St. Martin’s-in-the-Pines for University Park. Past team leaders being the marketing sponsor for shared successful ideas from previous Walking to Remember 2009. walks with the new teams present. The room was filled with emotion as board member Nancy Echols shared the story of her husband’s diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She told touching details of her husband’s days at the South Highland Center. She understands the importance of ACA’s scholarship programs. Miller Piggott, ACA’s executive director shared updated statistics on Top left: Genworth team leaders Steve Van Gilder Alzheimer’s disease and reviewed the and Aimee Runnels Bottom left: Vice President for Development, history of Walking to Remember. Christy Baynes applauds as pledges are made Program Coordinator Vance Holder Above: Mary Bess Price and Greg Dykes of Fair Haven Retirement Community WWW.ALZCA.ORG PAGE 11 Non-profit org. Post Office Box 2273 U.S. Postage Birmingham, Alabama 35201-2273 PAID (205) 871-7970 Permit No. 1564 (205) 871-7355 FAX Birmingham, AL www.alzca.org Located at: 300 Office Park Drive, Suite 225 Birmingham, Alabama 35223 For the individuals and families who have experienced the trauma of Alzheimer’s disease and for the professionals who help them. ACA’s 2009 Corporate Partners: Alabama Power; Alacare Home Health & Hospice; Always There In Home Care; BlueCross BlueShield; Brookdale Place University Park & Galleria Woods; Chateau Vestavia; EBSCO, Industries, Inc.; Fair Haven; Holistic Health Care; New Beacon Hospice; Rittenhouse Senior Living; St. Martin’s-in-the-Pines; Somerby at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen & Dominion Partners; Starnes & Atchison Board Members and Mission Statement President – Jeannie Duke Secretary – Stephanie Sansing Vice President for Research and Programs – Mark Russell Lindy Harrell – Advisor Vice President for Development – Christy Baynes Paul Roller – Advisor Treasurer – Grady Gunn William Voigt – Advisor John Beard Lynn Campisi Hebard Haugseth Liz Prosch Chris Blackerby Valerie Childers Jana Linton Jennifer Smith Susan Bremer Charlie Clark Tom Morton David Smitherman Gene Bromberg Nicole Crawford Viki Mullins Mel York Julie Bryant Eddie Cummings Richard Powers Jeff Burchfield Carla Greene Mary Bess Price A lzheimer’s of Central Alabama is a non-profit organization and resource center serving Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers and professionals. The goal of ACA is to support: education, caregiver services and research. The objectives of ACA are to: • Assist with the cost of respite care, adult day services, and limited supplies • Provide educational opportunities through public seminars, a comprehensive resource center, telephone information and a newsletter • Support dementia research • Provide advocacy and increase public awareness We want you as a part of our organization. ACA serves the following counties: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cleburne, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Etowah, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker.