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June, 2016
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The Brains Behind Saving Yours

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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.

Go Purple in June for Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

J une is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month - an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain, and share the fact that Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are a major public health problem. During the month of June, the Alzheimer's Association® asks people around the world to wear Purple and use their brains to fight Alzheimer's disease.
 
Join us! Show your true Purple and then promote your efforts via your social media channels! Whether you host a Purple with a Purpose Event, join The Longest Day, begin Walk to End Alzheimer's team recruitment or just ask everyone to wear purple on a designated day in June, let the world know!  And we will too!  Send a photo of your activity to  rmcgill@alz.org  and we will cross promote your efforts to #ENDALZ through our social media channels. Join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @alzheimersSEWI.
 
Let's put our  Purple to Work people! 
Access our  Go  Purple Toolkit here 

Join Us for Brewers Baseball on June 7 During Alzheimer's Awareness Night at Miller Park

We are thrilled that the Milwaukee Brewers have teamed up with the Alzheimer's Association to bring greater awareness of the disease during their June 7th game against the Oakland Athletics.  You are invited to join us for the 7:10 p.m. game, wear your Purple proudly, and cheer on your Brew Crew!

Tickets for the Alzheimer's Awareness Night game can be purchased  online  Purchase your tickets near section 412, rows 10-18 to join others who will also be dressed in Purple and cheering loudly.  View our flyer or for more information please contact MaryAnn Vance at 414.479.8800 or mvance@alz.org  
Waukesha Public Library Hosts Memories in the Making Art Exhibit during June for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

The Waukesha Public Library will be raising awareness during the entire month of June through a number of exciting ways!  Stop by the main library at 321 Wisconsin Avenue in Waukesha and see 60 pieces of art from the 2016 Memories in the Making collection on exhibit during the entire month.

On Monday, June 20, the library staff will Go Purple for Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, local Waukesha County fine artist, Barb Hayden, will do a Live Paint at the Library.  Stop by during your lunch hour to see Barb create her masterpiece in front of your very eyes!  And then on Thursday, June 23, Jennifer Harders, Alzheimer's Association outreach coordinator for Waukesha County, will present "Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body" from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement.
 
Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~  
Vasumati and Suman Sabnis

From India to the U.S. - A Love Story 
Across Continents and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are global public health issues, affecting nearly 46.8 million  people worldwide according to the World Alzheimer's Report 2015.  This is the story of a young couple born in India who grew up more than 8400 miles from the United States. A story of a kind and brilliant woman who loved music, and books; who brought her entire family to the United States and educated them, expecting nothing in return.  A story of a woman whose life was taken by Alzheimer's disease. 

This is also the story of a loving husband and caregiver who continues to pour his heart and soul into finding an end to Alzheimer's even after her death.  At age 81, Suman Sabnis is a stellar volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association, who connected us with his bridge club to form the first ACBL partnership for The Longest Day here in Milwaukee.  Read Vasumati and Suman Sabnis' story here  

ACBL Milwaukee Club Will Play Bridge During The Longest Day

The American Contract Bridge League joined The Longest Day several years ago as the events inaugural partner.  Since that time, ACBL teams across the country have raised more than $1 million for The Longest Day. This year, we are proud to announce that the Four Aces Bridge Club, led by John Pereles, President and Owner, has also joined the ACBL efforts by playing bridge throughout the day to benefit The Longest Day.  

There are over 167,000 ACBL members and thousands of clubs across the country.  Thanks in advance to the Four Aces Bridge Club and their competitive bridge players for joining the ranks of people committed to doing what they love to honor caregivers on June 20, The Longest Day.
 
Get Your Purple Swag and Save 20% in June at the Alzheimer's Association's Shop for the Cause 

In honor of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month, Shop for the Cause, the Alzheimer's Association online store, will offer a 20% discount, so that you can Get Your Purple On!  Select from Alzheimer's Association branded clothing and more.  Shop online and enter the promo code ABAM2016 to receive your special discount!
 
Walk to End Alzheimer's Events Will Kick-Off Walk Season 

Join Us at the Twisted Fisherman - July 14

To kick start our walk season we are throwing multiple kick-off events for past, current, and prospective walkers.  Our first event, drawing attendance primarily from supporters in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, will be held  on  Thursday, July 14th between 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.   at the Twisted Fisherman, 1200 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee.  Enjoy dinner and a drink on us as you sign up your team for 2016 and pick up materials like coin cans, money pouches, yard signs, brochures, and posters. 

We'd like to encourage all walkers to bring at least one guest who hasn't been a team captain before. Those who bring a guest will be entered in a drawing to win a wreath of gift cards for various businesses. You will receive one raffle ticket for every person you bring! 

A short informational presentation is scheduled at  5:30 and 6:30 p.m. So come enjoy dinner and have a drink while you learn more about the Alzheimer's Association and the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Help us #endalz!

RSVP by Thursday, July 7 to Sue Dlouhy at sdlouhy@alz.org or  414.479.8800.

You also may contact Sue for information about additional WT EA Team Kick Off events that are planned for Waukesha, Sheboygan, Kenosha, Racine, and Washington counties.  While we expect the Twisted Fisherman event to be most convenient for walkers who live and work in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, we welcome individuals from other Southeastern Wisconsin Walks who may work downtown or be in the area that day to join us and register your team!

 
Sheboygan County Walk to End Alzheimer's Moves 
to Evergreen Park!

We are excited to announce that the 2016 Sheboygan County Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at  EVERGREEN PARK in Sheboygan! The new location is centrally located and is easily accessible from Highway 42 in Sheboygan.

With incredible forest views and glimpses of wildlife, you will find it hard to believe that you are still in the city.  The Walk route is fully paved with the option of adding an additional mile through the forest trail.

We hope you will join us for a brand new, and improved Walk experience in Sheboygan County on Saturday, September 10!  Mark your calendars and register your team now!

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African Americans Against Alzheimer's Presents "Forget Me Not" 
Free Performance on June 25

African Americans Against Alzheimer's, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, and US Against Alzheimer's Network, will present Garrett Davis' National award-winning stage play, "Forget Me Not" on Saturday, June 25. This free performance will be held at 2:00 p.m. at The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. 

To reserve your seat for this complimentary event, please register here.  View the promotional trailer here
 
Annual May Tea Celebrates Memories in the Making Artists 

Nearly 100 Memories in the Making artists and their family members gathered at the Lutheran Home in Wauwatosa on May 23rd for the annual Memories in the Making Tea.  The Tea honors artists from Southeastern Wisconsin whose work was juried and selected to represent the Memories in the Making Program at public art exhibits throughout the community.

Guests were treated to tea and snacks. The artists also enjoyed the opportunity to view their paintings, read their biographies and stories, and socialize with family and friends. The exhibit will be on display at the Waukesha Public Library beginning June 1.

 
Conferences for Family Caregivers and Professionals
 
Walworth County Dementia  Conference
Thursday, June 9  8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Evergreen Country Club
N6246 US Hwy 12 - Elkhorn

The Alzheimer's Association invites you to attend a half day conference, "The ABC's of Dementia Care: Assessment, Behaviors and Communication" that is designed for both the family and professional caregiver.  Keynote topics will include "Evaluation and Treatment of Early Stage Dementia" presented by Cary Kohlenberg, MD, DFAPA of IPC Research, "Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior" presented by Diane Baughn, Alzheimer's Association, and "Effective Communication Strategies" presented by Lynda Markut, Alzheimer's Association. 
 
To register for the conference contact Bonnie Beam-Stratz at bbeam@alz.org  or 920.728.4088


Go Purple in June at our Memory Cafe Open Houses 

Join us to learn about Memory Cafes, meet the cafe coordinators, and hear about their program plans for the future.  We encourage all who attend to wear Purple to show your commitment to ending Alzheimer's during Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.  

Thursday, June 9
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ
715 Wisconsin Street - Lake Geneva

Monday, June 13
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Ponderosa Steakhouse
1520 N. Spring Street - Beaver Dam

Cover to Cover - How to Communicate to Children about Alzheimer's and Dementia

Librarian Meredith Bishop 
Meredith Bishop, a career Librarian, and volunteer has chosen some great resources for people interested in Alzheimer's resource materials that are geared to children.

Meredith's June Picks - 

BOOKS
Altman, Linda Jacobs. Singing with Momma Lou
     This picture book is the story of how 9 year old Tamika finds a way to reconnect with her grandma who has begun to fade into the fog of Alzheimer's.

Landau, Elaine. A Forgotten Life
     This is an overview of Alzheimer's disease for those in grades 7 and older. Topics include diagnostic tools, possible causes, symptoms, research, and caregiver issues.

Shriver, Maria. What's Happening to Grandpa?
     In this book for children in grades 1 to 4, Kate realizes her grandpa, who has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, is still the person she has always loved and should be treated with continued respect. She begins a memory book to help him reminisce.

DVDs
Don't Forget About Me (Children and Alzheimer's) DVD - 16 min.
     This video was created for children by a high school film and video class.  Information about Alzheimer's disease as well as support and encouragement for family members affected by the disease is presented.

Just for the Summer VHS - 30 min.
     A high school student comes to better understand Alzheimer's when his grandmother comes to stay with the family. 

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.
Plymouth Aurora Health Center
2600 Kiley Way - Plymouth

Thursday, July 21 and 28
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Ripon Medical Center
845 Parkside Street - Ripon

Registration is required for both programs - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or dklement@alz.org
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Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
  • Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for a healthy lifestyle
Tuesday, June 14
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Kenosha Northside Public Library
1500 27th Avenue - Kenosha
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or dklement@alz.org

Thursday, June 23
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Waukesha Library
321 Wisconsin Avenue - Waukesha 
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or dklement@alz.org
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Know the 10 Signs Early Stage

  • An interactive workshop where you will learn about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and how to recognize the signs in yourself and others
Monday, June 6
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
WJ Niederkorn Library
316 W. Grand Avenue - Port Washington
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800, 800.272.3900 or dklement@alz.org

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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