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Sept. 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.

Get Ready for the Walk to End Alzheimer's! 

Waukesha County - Saturday, September 10
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.
(from left) Crystal Roecker joins Walk Chairs Ted and Pam Larsen at the Waukesha Walk Kick-Off

Walk Chairs Ted and Pam Larsen, owners of Church and Chapel Funeral Homes, invite you to join them for the 7th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Waukesha County.  
Walkers will enjoy a scenic stroll along the river, plus all the pre and post-walk festivities including a complimentary breakfast and lunch provided by Chef Jack's Catering, and entertainment by Brad Schimel and "Four on the Floor."

Register online here

Get Ready for the Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Sheboygan County -  Saturday, September 10
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.

(from left) Lisa Hurley, Jen Balge, and Erica Gollhardt
Evergreen Park is the NEW location for the 11th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Sheboygan County!   In addition to a wonderful new venue, this year's event is lead by 3 inspired new chairs - Lisa Hurley, Jen Balge, and Erica Gollhardt.  Join us at our new location and enjoy a traditional weiner lunch, entertainment by RB Productions and The Saddle Tramps, and our famous auction and raffle!

Register online here
Get Ready for the Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Walworth County - Saturday, September 17
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.

(left to right) Andy Kerwin, Nancy Russell, Tom Hlavacek and 
Sonja Akright
Library Park in beautiful Lake Geneva is the place to be for the 10th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Walworth County! Join Walk Chairs Andy Kerwin and Sonja Akright, along with Honorary Chair, Nancy Russell, for a scenic walk around the Lake, amidst gorgeous historic homes, plus all the festivities at Library Park including a complimentary hot dog lunch grilled by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, and post walk entertainment by Petty Thieves.

Register online here
Get Ready for The Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Milwaukee County - Sunday, September 18
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.

Walk Chairs David Simbro and Thelma Sias invite you to join them at Henry Maier Festival Park for the 11th largest Walk to End Alzheimer's event in the nation!  
Walkers will enter the festival grounds at the South Gate and proceed to the Briggs and Stratton stage.  Parking is free, courtesy of Milwaukee World Festival.   
CV and Van McNeil of B 93.3 The 80's to Today will serve as masters of ceremonies for the on-stage presentation, and walkers will enjoy a 2 mile stroll through Lakeshore State Park.

Register online here    

Get Ready for the Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Washington County - Saturday, September 24
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.

Walk Chairs Dr. Larry Sullivan, Dr. Brian Wolter and Debbie Spaeth invite you to the 5th annual Walk to End Alzheimer's event at Regner Park in West Bend.  Members of the West Bend High School Band, conducted by band director, Leah Duckert, will be on hand to energize the crowd with a pep-rally before the walk. After the Walk stay for complimentary nachos, hot dogs and entertainment by Downtown Harrison.

Register online here
Get Ready for the Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Kenosha-Racine Counties - Saturday, September 24
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.

(left to right) Peggy Groth, Lisa Wiedholz, and Becky Pergande 
Peggy Groth, Lisa Wiedholz and Becky Pergande have taken the helm as the new chairs for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Kenosha & Racine Counties.  They've got lots of fun planned for this year's event including an appearance by Elvis the Kingfish from the Kenosha Kingfish baseball team!  Walkers will also enjoy complimentary refreshments and post-walk entertainment by the KR Bluegrass Band.

Register online here 

Get Ready for the Walk to End Alzheimer's 

Fond du Lac County - Saturday, October 1
Onsite Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m. - Walk at 10:00 a.m.

Moraine Park Technical College is the place to be on October 1 for the 15th Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's in Fond du Lac County. Our new Walk Chairs Donna Freund and Jody Goebel invite you to e njoy a lovely 2 mile walk, plus pre-Walk festivities including complimentary breakfast provided by the Kiwanis Club, A & W root beer floats, and live music by Rock River.

Register online here
Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~  
Friends and Family Walk This Way 

"Friends and Family Walk This Way" Begins Their 18th Year!

The Ruekert Family of Waukesha is Walking in the Right Direction to End Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease is no stranger to the Ruekert family of
Waukesha. Frank Ruekert, Sr. was one of the founders of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., a Waukesha engineering firm.  Both of Frank's sons, Frank, Jr. and Fred, were also engineers who helped build the firm.  In 1998, a year after her father, Frank Jr. had passed, Linda Ruekert Costello took the reigns and with support from her large family, including mother Kay Lettenberger, formed "Friends and Family Walk This Way".  For the last 18 years, this large walk team - numbering 40-45 family members, friends, and Ruekert & Mielke employees - has participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

This year, the team suffered the loss of one of their own - Fred Ruekert, who died from Alzheimer's on June 30.  His widow, Irene, has dedicated all the memorials from Fred's funeral to the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  Read about Irene and Fred's 11 year journey with Alzheimer's here 

Thanks to Our WTEA Sponsors!

We'd like to thank these Walk to End Alzheimer's sponsors for their generous support of our 2016 Walk events around Southeastern

Power Sponsors

Hope Sponsor

Fight Sponsors

Media Partner

Care Sponsors
Associated Bank, Century Fence, Cesarz, Charapata, & Zinnecker Funeral Homes, Community Care, Direct Supply, HO Bostrom, Presbyterian Homes & Services, R&R Insurance, Silverado, Standard Process, Team Dave, WaterStone Bank

Grill Sponsor
Lake Geneva Jaycees

Remember Sponsor
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc., Van Horn Automotive

Media Support 
Clear Channel Outdoor, Lamar, Direct Media, Milwaukee Business Journal, Biz Times, Wisconsin Gazette 

Yarn Graffiti Transforms Rait Reuss Plaza to Bring Awareness to Alzheimer's Disease
Inside the Building See the Memories in the Making Art Exhibit Through September

Kudos to Memories in the Making coordinator, Nancy Armitage, and her crew of guerilla knitters and project installers for creating the incredibly unique urban art display - or yarn graffiti - that will be adorning the Rait Reuss Plaza during the rest of September. Make sure you pop down to see this outdoor exhibit, and the  equally provocative gallery presentation inside the building that is filled with more than 60 pieces of watercolor art created by individuals with dementia who participate in the Alzheimer's Association Memories in the Making® program.

Learn more about the project in this amazing video produced by CBS58 for their CBS Sunday Morning program

Barb's Buzz - Socializing with Alzheimer's
Barb and grandson Kipton

Barbara Cheek Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease. In her newest blog,  Barb talks about a recent painful experience where she felt she was being ignored and excluded during a Door County   get-away by people she thought were her friends. 

Read  Barb's blog  here

Coming Up - Early-Stage Social Engagement Program

Join us on Friday, September 16 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center for an afternoon of boating, fishing, exploring nature trails, lawn games, scavenger hunt, and more!  This is an opportunity for individuals with MCI, early-stage Alzheimer's and related dementia and their care partners to enjoy the outdoors and socialize while enjoying time together in a relaxed, beautiful setting.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.  There is a nominal fee of $5 per person or $8 per couple to attend.  To register, please enclose a check for the above fees and mail to the Alzheimer's Association, 620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214.  If you have questions or need additional information contact Sarah Prohuska at 800.272.3900 or 262.993.7352.
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 - Younger Onset Dementia

Librarian Meredith Bishop 
Meredith Bishop, a career Librarian, and volunteer has chosen some great resources for people interested in more about younger onset dementia.

Meredith's September Picks 

Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia. Bryden, Christine. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2005.
     The author, a single mother of three children, was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia at the age of 46. This is her account of living with dementia.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's. O'Brien, Greg. Self-published, 2014.
     Diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, the author, a journalist, has chronicled it's progression for close to 10 years. He offers strategies for living with the disease, not dying with it. 

Amanda's Choice. Canadian Broadcasting, 2001. DVD 48 min.
     This documentary, introduces high school student Amanda, whose thirty-nine year old mother has younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. The girl must make a decision regarding genetic testing for herself as well as ongoing care for her mother.

Christine and Paul: A Journey with Alzheimer's Disease. Filmaker's Library. DVD 50 min.
     This is a video version of the story of Christine Bryden, the author of Dancing with Dementia, listed above. 

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 
Tuesday, September 13, 20 and 27
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Family Enrichment Center
885 Badger Circle - Grafton
Registration is required - to register contact Sarah Prohuska at 800.272.3900, 262.993.7352 or

Tuesday, October 4, 11 and 18
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Washington County Public Agency Center
333 E. Washington Street - West Bend
Registration is required - to register contact Sarah Prohuska at 800.272.3900, 262.993.7352 or

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


Navigating the Red Tape - Two Part Series
Early Stage

  • a basic review of the important documents to have in place, where to get them, how to complete them, and how to access resources for you and your loved one
  • Week 1 will discuss legal and financial planning with Attorney Carol Wessels
  • Week 2 will focus on navigating resources and services with Stephanie Houston of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute
Thursday, September 29 and October 6
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Sinai Outpatient Center
1020 N. 12th Street - Milwaukee
Registration is required - to register contact Nia Norris at 414.219.5159 or


Driving and Dementia Car Keys

  • learn to identify impairments common in dementia that can lead to impaired driving safety, and review safe driving requirements, and ethical and legal standards regarding impaired drivers in Wisconsin
  • presented by Jessica Kuester, MD
Thursday, September 29
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association
620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee
Registration is required - to register contact Deborah Klement 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.

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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