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April, 2016
The Brains Behind Saving Yours


The Alzheimer's journey is a long one, with many twists and turns. The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter has been here as a strong, passionate, and committed resource for over 30 years and with your support we intend to stay committed until the vision of a world without Alzheimer's is attained.

Join Us at Gallery Night and Day on April 15 and 16!

Gallery Night and Day
We invite you to join us at the Material Studios +  Gallery  in Milwaukee's Third Ward on Friday, April 15 from 5:00-9:00 pm and Saturday, April 16 from 10:00am - 3:00pm as we proudly present selections from the 2016 Memories in the Making art collection. 
The Material Studios +  Gallery  is located on the 6th floor of the Marshall Building, at 207 E. Buffalo Street, in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. We would like to give special thanks to abstract painter Pamela Anderson  for this tremendous opportunity to generate community awareness for Memories in the Making. 
View the entire collection of Memories in the Making art for 2016 in our Shutterfly Gallery
Breaking the Silence - Facing Dementia in Communities of Color 

"It Takes A Village"
Cassandra McShepard

In honor of Minority Health Month in April, clothing designer, writer, jazz vocalist, and co-host of Fox 6 Real Milwaukee, Cassandra McShepard, will share her "Journey with Alzheimer's" at the 3rd annual Breaking the Silence event.

Breaking the Silence is a project of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, Milwaukee office, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association.  Sessions will be held in Milwaukee and Racine. Admission is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Please JOIN US!

Thursday, April 21
Italian Conference Center - 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast and networking
9:30 - Noon Program

Saturday, April 23
Festival Hall - Racine Civic Center - 5 Fifth Street,  Racine
9:00 - 9:30 Breakfast and networking
9:30 - Noon Program

Register online here or contact Nia Norris at 414.219.5159

Alzheimer's Association 2016 Facts and Figures Just Released

The Alzheimer's Association 2016 Alzheimer's Disease  Facts  and  Figures  report, released on March 30,includes a special report on the personal financial impact of Alzheimer's on families.  The report reveals that care contributors spend an average of $5,155 of their own money (out of pocket ) per year to take care of their relative or friend with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Care contributors are also 28% more likely than non-care contributors to struggle with having enough money for proper meals.
The 2016  Facts  and  Figures  report provides an in-depth look at the prevalence, incidence, mortality and economic impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias - all of which continue to rise at staggering rates as the American population ages. View the new video and access the full report here
Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~  
Jamie Wolski (left) and Kelly Straus (right) join their mom, Mary Makkos at their April 3 bowling fundraiser

Bowling to End Alzheimer's

Tom Makkos was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about 10 years ago when he was just 55 years old. Ever since, the entire Makkos family has been passionate about finding a cure for this devastating disease.  Tom wasn't able to attend the event this year - his disease has progressed too far.  But he was there in spirit as his wife, Mary, and daughters, Jamie and Kelly, planned and executed their most successful fundraising event ever! 

The day of bowling, held at Root River Center in Franklin, raised $6,444 - a record breaker!  Congrats to the entire Makkos family, along with their friends and supporters for this amazing effort. Over the years, the family has raised more than $32,000 to help find a cure for Alzheimer's.  We want to give a special thanks to Root River Center for donating their lanes and facilities for the day.

Read more about the Makkos family personal story here  
The Longest Day - Show Your Support on June 20

June 20 marks The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizing the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.  Teams around the world will come together to raise funds to fight Alzheimer's and honor those facing this disease.  Put your passion to good work! Swim, dance, knit, paint or sing karaoke! The options are limitless.  Join us as we work to #endalz! Start a team and send us your pics. Find out more here

Alive Inside Foundation Brings Project to Sheboygan County!

Months ago, the Alive Inside Foundation selected Sheboygan County as the site for their  Adopt an Elder / Build a Bridge program.  The program's goal was to connect Sheboygan North High School students and persons with dementia through music.  

The excitement has been building and we are close to being able to share the results!! On June 2, the Alive Inside Foundation will host an event open to all community members.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about the local student mentoring program. And you will also get to see the film that opened the hearts of millions!  Winner of the Sundance Film Festival 2014 Audience Award,  Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory has changed lives. You'll also be entertained by a sneak peak of a video that will be used in the making of Alive Inside 2, featuring Sheboygan County residents. Make plans now to join us! 
June 26:00-9:00 PM 
Sheboygan North High School
Watch for more details to come next month!

New Memory Cafes Open Doors

Fond du Lac
The Fond du Lac Family YMCA is partnering with The Alzheimer's Association along with  Legacies: Family & Organizational Historians  to host a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer's or other dementia, and their care partners.  This free social event will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month at  1:00 P.M.  beginning on Thursday,  April 28  in the Fond du Lac Family YMCA Board Room located at 90 West Second Street. 

The Alzheimer's Association, in partnership with Peoples Bank and Matheson Memorial Library will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Elkhorn's new Memory Café on Thursday April 28, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Peoples Bank, 837 North Wisconsin Street, in Elkhorn. The ceremony will be held in the bank's community room and will be will be attended by special guests including: Brian Olson, Mayor of Elkhorn; Representative Amy Loudenbeck; and Chris Clapper, Executive Director of the Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce.  The public is invited to attend the ceremony and meet the Memory Café coordinators. Light refreshments will be served.

Find information on all of our Memory Cafes in southeastern Wisconsin here
Barb's Got the Buzz - Alzheimer's Advocacy
Dan and Barb Johnson

Barbara Cheek Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. In her newest blog,  Barb  shares a few memories from her recent trip to the Wisconsin State Capitol during Advocacy Day.

Read Barb's blog here
Join the Fun on a Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee 

Have you joined us on Walk Day and decided you wanted to do more? Or do you have a great suggestion of how to improve the walker experience? Consider joining a walk committee! Each of our seven walks has it's own local committee working to raise awareness and funds which helps provide care and support to families, and research to end Alzheimer's disease. 

Interested in joining Waukesha, West Bend or Fond du Lac volunteer efforts? Contact Amanda Gabert at . For those in Sheboygan, Walworth or Kenosha/Racine, contact Melesa Skoglund at . If you live in Milwaukee, please contact Sue Dlouhy at . Join us!
Do We Lose Memories with Alzheimer's?

Until now, scientists have assumed that Alzheimer's disease destroys the ability to make memories. New research on mice suggests memory abilities may not be gone but that access to the memories may be blocked by the disease. This is exciting news for possible future treatments; however, experts caution that these results are very preliminary, and additional research is necessary to confirm the findings.

Read more here
Cover to Cover - Resources on Alzheimer's and Dementia

Librarian Meredith Bishop 
Meet Meredith Bishop - a career Librarian who as a volunteer staffs the chapter's extensive onsite reference collection in the Esther and Sol Blankstein Resource Center. The collection includes hundreds of books and videos and Meredith is constantly researching new publications to enhance and update the reference library.

Meredith's April Picks - The Arts and Dementia Care

Art Care: The Story of How an Arts Program Can Transform Long Term Care. Basting, Anne Davis. U.W.M. Center on Age &Community, 2008.
            This title tells the story of the Milwaukee based program, ArtCare. The author shares the history, care concepts, structure and specific exercises of the program using the Luther Manor Adult Day Services program to illustrate.

The Arts and Dementia Care. Basting, Anne Davis and Killick, John, 2003.
             Recommended for professional caregivers who want to set up an arts program for people with dementia. The authors, both with experience in such programs, provide information on funding, finding artists, ideas for programming and more. 

Alive Inside. Rossato-Bennett, Michael, 2014.
            This documentary explores the ability of music to awaken and revitalize those with memory loss due to dementia. The viewer follows Dan Cohen as he takes the Music and Memory program into the dementia community. 78 min.

I Remember Better When I Paint: Treating Alzheimer's Through the Creative Arts. Ellena, Eric and Huebner, Berna. French Connection Films, 2009. 106 min.
            This film explores the use of art therapy with Alzheimer's patients and the benefits of that creative approach. 

To access materials in our collection, visit the Resource Center during regular business hours - Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m or call 800.272.3900. For more information visit our  website

San Camillo - 10200 W. Bluemound Road - Wauwatosa 
$15 per person - includes lunch
Call Michele Grall at 414-259-4542 to register

Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Education Programs

The Savvy Caregiver
  • a 6 week course providing clinical-level training for family caregivers
  • $30 workshop fee includes caregiver manual and CD 
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 -  Milwaukee

  • a a two or three session program for friends and family members of those experiencing memory related issues or a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease 
  • offers general information about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia as well as how to better communicate and manage challenging behaviors
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
AMG Aurora Clinic

Tuesday, May 10, 17 and 24
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Waukesha Memorial Hospital
725 American Avenune - Waukesha
Registration is required - to register contact the ProHealth class registration service at 262.928.2745


Living with Alzheimer's Disease - Early Stage Early Stage

  • a three-part program geared for individuals living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and their care partners 
Monday, May 9, 16 and 23
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street. Suite 160 - Milwaukee
Registration is required - to register contact Wendy Betley at 414.479.8800 or 800.272.3900 

Thursday, May 12, 19 and 26
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County
199 County Road DF - Juneau
Registration is required - to register contact Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920.728.4088


Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

  • a two part program designed to help those affected by dementia, caregivers, and family members better understand the legal and financial  issues that may impact them
Monday, April 25 and Friday, April 29
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association 
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800 or 800.272.3900.


Effective Communication Strategies

  • learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease
Thursday, April 21
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee
Registation is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800 or 800.272.3900

Wednesday, April 27
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
West Bend Community Memorial Library
630 Poplar Street - West Bend
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800 or 88.272.3900

Education, Support and Social Engagement - At Your Fingertips

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