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October 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 Raises Nearly $1.5 Million 
in Southeastern Wisconsin!  

Thanks to you - our valued walkers, team captains, sponsors, donors, partners, vendors and friends - our seven Walk to End Alzheimer's events raised nearly $1.5 Million this fall - a record for our chapter! Enjoy a brief highlight from each Walk.

Waukesha County -   More than 1400 people braved the rain to participate in the 7th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Waukesha County, raising over $200,000,  a 4.63% increase over 2015! Many thanks to Walk Chairs Ted and Pam Larsen for knocking this one out of the park!

Sheboygan County - The 11th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Sheboygan County had a record breaking walk in its new home, Evergreen Park, raising more than $78,500 with more than 600 participants in attendance!  Congrats to Walk Chairs Lisa Hurley, Erica Gollhardt and Jen Balge for steering this extremely aggressive and successful effort!

Walworth County - Walk Chairs Andy Kerwin and Sonja Akright are tickled purple to have a record-breaker on their hands for the 10th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Walworth County! More than 700 participants turned out on a gorgeous day and raised more than $143,300 - an all time high for Walworth County!


Milwaukee County -  More than $820,000 was raised at the 22nd Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Milwaukee County!  The Walk, chaired by David Simbro and Thelma Sias, raised 13.10% more than at this time in 2015.  Thanks to more than 3000 participants for attending this Great Walk by a Great Lake!

Kenosha/Racine Counties - The 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Kenosha/Racine Counties, chaired by Becky Pergande, Lisa Wiedholz and Peggy Groth, raised over $76,500, a 15.48% increase over last year!  Nearly 850 people packed the venue at UW-Parkside and helped to make this a record breaking Walk!

Washington County - Hats off to everyone who helped make the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Washington County a 6-Figure Walk in just it's 5th year!  More than $106,000 was raised - a 33.17% increase over 2015!  More than 700 participants were in attendance, reflecting a  16.67% increase over last year.  Special thanks to Chairs Dr. Larry Sullivan, Dr. Brian Wolter, and Debbie Spaeth for having the vision and stamina to pull this one off!

Fond du Lac County -   New chairs Jody Goebel and Donna Freund couldn't be happier to have steered a record-breaking walk for Fond du Lac County in their very first year at the helm!  More than $52,200 has been raised to date! Applause Applause to everyone involved for an incredible effort at the 15th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Fond du Lac County!

Dollars raised reflect totals known at the immediate conclusion of each walk.  Those totals will grow in the next few months as money continues to roll-in.  Additional donations can be made through November 30, either online here or by contacting the Alzheimer's Association at 414.479.8800 or 800.272.3900. 

Memories in the Making - Social Engagement Opportunity -
Begins October 26   

Please join us during three Wednesdays in late October and early November, for a Memories in the Making watercolor painting series especially for families living with early-stage dementia. Get out and get creative through the art of watercolor painting.  No experience is required!  Fun is guaranteed for all!  A very nominal $5 fee per couple, which includes all three sessions, will be used to defray the costs of paper and paint.

Wednesday October 26 and November 2 and 9
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee
Registration is required - to register contact Wendy Betley, 800.272.3900 or 414.479.8800
Attend a Caregiver or Dementia Conference Near You in November

The Alzheimer's Association and their community partners will host three regionally based Dementia Conferences during the month of November.  These conferences are geared for both family and professional caregivers, as well as professional educators.  Make your reservations now!

Dodge Jefferson Regional Dementia Conference: A Roadmap Through Dementia -  Friday, November 4
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Comfort Suites 
725 Paradise Lane - Johnson Creek
Participant Cost - $10
Registration is required -  to register contact Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920.728.4088, 800.272.3900 or

Fond du Lac County Caregiver Conference - The More You Know: A Day of Education and Support For Those Who Care - Thursday, November 10
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Conference Center
625 W. Rolling Meadows Drive - Fond du Lac
Participant Cost - $5 for Family Caregivers, $15 for Professionals
Registration Deadline - November 3 - to register contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311 or for a registration brochure

Sheboygan County Caregiver Conference - Heroes Among Us!
Thursday, November 17
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Acuity Insurance
2800 S. Taylor Drive - Sheboygan
Participant Cost - $5 on or before November 3, $10 after November 3
Registration is required - to register contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311 or for a registration brochure

Alzheimer's Association Annual Meeting - November 15

Great things have been happening at the Alzheimer's Association. Please join us at our Annual Meeting to learn more about the impact we are making in the community, share a light supper, and honor our FY16 Award Recipients!

Tuesday, November 15 
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
777 E. Wisconsin Avenue, 29th Floor - Milwaukee 

RSVP - Lisa Ligocki, 414.479.8800 or
Barb's Buzz - My Packers Game Day Adventure
Barb and Dan Johnson enjoy front row seats (photo right) as Jordy Nelson scores the TD

Barbara Cheek Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. In her newest blog,  Barb talks about her recent trip to see the Green Bay Packers and the angst she felt when she lost her cell phone.  

Read  Barb's blog  here
There are Alzheimer's Champions in our Midst!
Ramon Flores #18

In August, we were thrilled when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ramon Flores, donned an Alzheimer's Champion t-shirt and posed for this photo in the Brewers Clubhouse.

Flores, who hails from Venezuela, has a connection to Alzheimer's disease and was happy to help bring awareness to a disease that poses significant challenges in the Hispanic community. Hispanics face a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias because, like the general population in the United States, they are living longer but have higher rates of cardiovascular risk factors.

Many thanks to Ramon Flores, and Cecelia Gore from the Brewers Community Foundation for making this photo opportunity possible!
Respite and Renewal for Wisconsin Caregivers 
Road Scholar, the nation's largest educational travel institution for adults, has received a $25,000 grant to provide opportunities for older family caregivers in Wisconsin to benefit from the learning, community, and rejuvenation that are the hallmarks of a Road Scholar learning adventure. 
With support from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy, Road Scholar will earmark approximately 20 financial awards of $1,300 each to family caregivers, 50 and older, who live in Wisconsin. These awards can be applied to any one of the thousands of educational programs that Road Scholar currently operates throughout the United States.
Road Scholar is actively seeking applications from family caregivers in Wisconsin who are 50 and over. All Road Scholar programs include the cost of accommodations, meals, lectures, activities, excursions and transportation. 
The deadline for application submissions is December 31, 2016.

For more information or to download an application for a Caregiver Grant click here
Cover to Cover 

Librarian Meredith Bishop 
Meredith Bishop, a career Librarian, and volunteer has chosen some great resources for people interested in more information about music therapry. 

Meredith's October Picks - Music Therapy

Creative Approaches in Dementia Care. Lee, Hilary and Adams, Trevor, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
            This is a collection of writings by experts who have studied the use of creative therapies with those in dementia care settings. Visual art and music therapy, storytelling, dance and drama therapies are some of the areas covered.
The Creative Arts in Dementia Care: Practical Person-Centered Approaches and Ideas. Hayes, Jill, with Povey, Sarah. Jessica Kingsley, 2010.
            This title looks at the therapeutic benefits of the creative arts in dementia care.

Lifesaving Songs and Poems for the Sea of Dementia, Alzheimer's and Palliative Caregiving. Tuttle, Carolyn Padelford. Self-published, 2006.
            Divided into sections by subject, this title provides poetry and music which can be used in respite care with the dementia patient. Lyrics and music provided. 
Do Not Go Gently: The Power of Imagination in Aging. Godoy, Melissa and Littig, Eileen. NEWIST/CESA7 production, 2007.
            Narrated by Walter Cronkite, this video takes a look at creativity and aging. Three artists who have continued creative production into their senior years are highlighted. An interview with a gerontologist and a section on creativity and Alzheimer's are included.

Gonna Do A Little Music. Video Respite, 2000.  59 minutes
            While playing the guitar and autoharp, Marianne engages the viewer as she sings familiar songs and discusses memories of the past. 

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 

Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Education Programs

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, October 10, 17, and 24
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 800.272.3900, 414.479.8800 or


The Savvy Caregiver Caregiver

  • a 6 week course providing clinical-level training for family caregier
  • $30 workshop fee includes caregiver manual and CD
 Wednesday, October 12, 19, and 26 and November 2,9, and 16
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee
Registration is required - to register contact Krista Scheel at 800.272.3900 or 414.479.8800. Supervisory care may be available - please inquire when you register.


Living with Alzheimer's - 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
Monday, October 17, 24 and 31
1:00 - 3:00 p.m .
Oconomowoc Public Library
200 South Street - Oconomowoc
Registration is required - to register contact Jennifer Harders at 800.272.3900, 414.479.8800 or

Education, Support and Social Engagement - At Your Fingertips

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