JUNE 2013



Alzheimer's Association TV Commercial: Two Paths
Alzheimer's Association TV Commercial: Two Paths
A personal connection to a disease is what weaves together individuals and is what drives them to fight. Many have seen their mothers, fathers and other loved ones slip away from the disease - and are determined to not let their children and grandchildren grapple with the same fate.  
More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. 
But, everyone is at risk. Even you.
Everyone can help. Especially you.
It's time to Do A Little Big Thing by getting involved.  Be inspired by others to make a difference.
>Learn more about  Do A Little Big Thing.



Dementia Diagnoses Now Under Neurocognitive Disorder Entity
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is releasing the fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used by numerous medical/health care professionals and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders. Diagnoses of dementia and amnestic disorders are now contained under the newly named entity "neurocognitive disorder (NCD)." 
by Rosalie Shepherd Alzheimer's Association, Midlands Chapter
Kids Look at Alzheimer's: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
Kids Look at Alzheimer's: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
A few years ago Maria Shriver, former First Lady of California, wrote a book about the profound impact that her father's illness with Alzheimer's disease has had on the children in her family. "What's Happening to Grandpa," was written to help them understand the disease and answer the questions her children had been asking. 

As an educator I saw this as an opportunity to speak to the children of our community in the classroom. Like Shriver, we know the disease has a great effect on the children of a family dealing with this tragic disease.  When I read Shriver's book to 4th grade elementary students, there are a lot of questions.  Will I get it? Can you cure it? Will Grandpa die from Alzheimer's? 

It is important for us to answer these questions openly and honestly.  Children are dealing with a whole lot of emotions.  At their young age, many are already experiencing the disease in their own family. They may be curious, sad, confused or frustrated.  "Why doesn't Grandma know me anymore?" Adults need to explain that people with Alzheimer's disease can't help the way they act. Changes deep inside their brains are destroying the centers that control remembering, thinking and feeling. Good communication is the best way to help your child deal with the changes that are going on.

Alzheimer's disease may bring many changes to a teen's life as well.  About 5 years ago I saw a real need to speak to high school students about how to maintain a healthy brain by making some changes in their lifestyle.  Mounting evidence shows that a healthy lifestyle can make a huge difference in their brain health, and reduce the statistical risk of Alzheimer's in later years.

"What does this disease have to do with you?" I ask the students. When I first asked that question 5 years ago, I received very little feedback. Maybe one or two students would have a grandparent with the disease. Today when I ask that question it seems that most families are affected by the disease in one way or other. Due to the growing numbers of those with young-onset of the disease, (people 65 or younger), many teens are finding themselves in the role of caregiver, and are losing their youth. Statistics show we are heading for a train wreck, and our children's futures are at stake.

What can we do?  We need to remind our legislators that the train wreck is in our backyard. The statistics show it could bankrupt the healthcare system, and put a huge burden on future generations. 
The End of Alzheimer's Starts with You.  It starts with us.  Get involved today and make an impact for the future.
For additional information contact the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 or by visiting www.alz.org/greateriowa.  

A Ride to Remember, motorcycle event with Iowa State Head Football Coach Paul Rhoads and family was a success.
Seven states were represented and more then 92 towns.  Nearly 500 bikers raised more than $68,000!

National Public Policy Update     


State Capitol

This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013 Update. The first-ever National Alzheimer's Plan, initially released in May 2012, was mandated by the bipartisan National Alzheimer's Project Act (P.L. 111-375), which Congress passed unanimously in 2010. The 2013 Update includes a new timeline for achieving its first goal - prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025 - and a review of progress over the past year.


Alzheimer's & Dementia Education Conferences
August 22, 2013
Fort Dodge, IA
November 7, 2013
Dubuque, IA
November 19, 2013
Davenport, IA
Walk to End Alzheimer's
September - October

Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC)


Registration now open! At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, history never repeats itself. Every year, thousands of the world's leading dementia researchers gather to share new discoveries and innovative ideas in a forum that defines the field. At AAIC 2013 in Boston (July 13-18), we'll celebrate 25 years of progress while shaping the future of dementia science. 
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"Why We Sponsor"  




We walk because every day, our employees and staff in communities we own and manage serve people with Alzheimer's and memory loss. 

Supporting and participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's can be individually gratifying, but equally inspiring for those that have been impacted by the disease. 


We at LCS walk for a myriad of reasons.  From the voice of our employees...


"Because I've seen first-hand the effects of this devastating disease and the impact it has on the entire family.  I want to help other families from experiencing the same." 


"It's personal, my mom has an "early stage dementia" diagnosis and it's how we can help others aging with this disease."


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2012 Walk to End Alzheimer's Top Fundraising Team


Melissa Kramer
Communications Director
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter