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July, 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.

Walk to End Alzheimer's Has Kicked Off!

Start your Team - Register Now!  

All seven Walk to End Alzheimer's events in Southeastern Wisconsin are in full swing!  Websites are live and contain all the information you need to get started!  Don't wait -  Register Today!

Our Walk team is happy to help with any questions you may have. Their contact information is listed on each of our Walk websites.  Or call 800.272.3900 and ask for a member of the development team.

New to the Walk?  We can offer fundraising ideas and tools that will jump start your individual or company-based efforts.  If you are interested in sponsoring one of our walks, please click  here for more information!
Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~  

Team Gajewski Enters 7th Year at Walk to End Alzheimer's - Waukesha County

Abby Gajewski-Schwoch was at the first Walk to End Alzheimer's in Waukesha County in 2010.  Her team was a lot smaller then.  But she worked very hard to build it over the years.  

The Waukesha County Walk, which was started by Kay and Peter Lettenberger, has raised more than $773,000 since its inception. This years event, chaired by Pam and Ted Larsen, will be held on Saturday, September 10th at Frame Park.  Team Gajewski will be there. In fact, the Walk serves as this families Reunion event each year.  It is the one time of year when everyone gets together.  Read Abby's story  here

The Longest Day Surpasses Expectations in S.E. Wisconsin!
Staff, residents, families,and volunteers formed The Longest Day Team at The Lutheran Home 

THANK YOU - to everyone who joined us on June 20 for The Longest Day. From sunrise to sunset, you showed how much you cared by doing what you love - playing bridge or brain games, praying, knitting, walking and so much more!

The Lutheran Home butterfly release symbolized Hope on The Longest Day 
We had an amazing Longest Day with over 137 participants and 33 teams, and together we raised over $38,000! The momentum for this event is really growing as we experienced a 276% increase in teams and over 50% increase in participant fund raising. There were so many "moving" moments throughout the day, as individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin honored families living with Alzheimer's.  For those families, every day is The Longest Day.            

Thanks to You - Purple Blanketed Wisconsin  During 
Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month
Milwaukee Public Museum staff and the Hebior Mammoth Go Purple!

Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month was a huge success in its second year, with more than 75 companies, clubs, organizations and individuals holding purple-themed events and posting photos to social media.  And these were only the events we were made aware of! 

There were also quite a few local news stories that were produced, generating increased concern and awareness of the disease and the education, care and support provided by the Alzheimer's Association.

Oconomowoc artist Barb Hayden paints Live at the Waukesha Library

Memories in the Making Art to be Featured at Rait Reuss Federal Gallery - Beginning August 1
"My Two Dogs Whom I am Attached To" by Judy Abrahamer, Jewish Home

We are thrilled to announce that beginning August 1, 63 pieces of art from the Memories in the Making program will be on display in the first floor Gallery at "The Blue" - inside the Rait Reuss Federal Building in downtown Milwaukee. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring increased awareness to the Memories in the Making program and the services offered by the Alzheimer's Association.  The art will be on display through the end of September, courtesy of the management team at Urban Retail Properties.  If you're in the area, please stop by and see this wonderful display. 
All previously unsold art will be available for purchase at $50.

But there's MORE.......

We're also Gonna Have a "Ball" Erecting a Full-Scale Art Extravaganza on the Plaza at "The Blue"

We're not going to tip our hand just yet because we want the suspense to mount!  But we will guarantee that what our Memories in the Making staff and volunteers will do to transform the outdoor plaza at "The Blue" beginning August 1 will "knock your socks off", or may include your socks for that matter.  Just saying... Stay Tuned!
Barb's Buzz - A Real Friend Stays By Your Side When the Rest of the World Walks Out
(left) Barbara Cheek Johnson, Lynne Ebert Zacharias, Jeanne Ketterer Wallrath

Barbara Cheek Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. In her newest blog,  Barb  talks about the importance of real friends when you're dealing with Alzheimer's disease.

Read Barb's blog here

Alzheimer's Association Mourns the Passing of Kitty Rhoades

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades, who passed away suddenly on June 18. Secretary Rhoades was a force for change in dementia care in the State of Wisconsin and a true Alzheimer's Advocate. 

Read an official statement made by the three Wisconsin chapters of the Alzheimer's Association here
Local Video from Sheboygan's Alive Inside Project Released

Last September, Dan McGoldrick, a teacher at Sheboygan North High School, and a group of his students, embarked on a journey which changed lives.  They started the first community based "Adopt an Elder / Build a Bridge" program in collaboration with the Alive Inside Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, and the ADRC of Sheboygan County.  The students visited weekly with persons with dementia living at home. Their mission was to find special songs and familiar music that might trigger memories, stories and connection.  The results have been fascinating and inspiring, with students and elders alike benefiting from their time together.  

Watch this moving seven minute video clip created by Filmaker/Director Michael Rossato-Bennett that documents the Sheboygan County Journey  here
Sign Up for a Google Hangout Support Group 
for Caregivers under 40

Are you under 40 and caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia? We've partnered with Hilarity for Charity to bring you our Google Hangout Support Groups this summer. The groups will focus on the unique needs of people under the age of 40 navigating their way through this disease while attending school, raising families of their own or developing careers.  Connect here

Cover to Cover - Brain Health

Librarian Meredith Bishop 
Meredith Bishop, a career Librarian, and volunteer has chosen some great resources for people interested in brain health.

Meredith's July Picks 

Brainfit for Life: A User's Guide to life-long Brain Health and Fitness 
This title emphasizes the need for quality nutrition, physical activity, mental activity and optimal sleep.

Get Your Brain in the Fast Lane: Turbocharge Your Memory with More Than 100 Brain Building Exercises  
This is a collection of puzzles and teasers designed to stimulate, develop and improve cognitive areas of the brain. Also by these authors, Dental Floss for the Mind.

Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
Stressing the need for exercise to stay healthy, this title uses full color photos and simple instructions for exercises which can be done at home using few,if any, purchased items. 

This CDROM is a brain training puzzle game designed to stimulate mental fitness. 

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

Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Education Programs

  • 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
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ripon Medical Center
845 Parkside Street - Ripon
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or

Thursday, August 4, 11, and 18
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
791 Summit Ave - Oconomowoc
Registration is required - to register contact the ProHealth class registration service at 262-928-2745.


Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
  • learn how to decode behavioral triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease
Monday, July 18
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee 
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or


Living with Alzheimer's Disease - Moderate Stage Early Stage

  • a three session program offers information to family caregivers on relationship changes, understanding symptoms and care needs, maximizing safety, preparing for emergencies, personal care, arranging for respite care, and managing challenging behaviors 
Tuesday, August 2, 9, and 16
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Aging & Disability Resource Center
50 N. Portland Street - Fond du Lac
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or

Education, Support and Social Engagement - At Your Fingertips

Whether you're looking for an Alzheimer's disease or related dementia education program, a support group, or a Memory Cafe, we have it all! Just click a link and access the upcoming opportunities in your area:


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