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May 14, 2015
HelplineThe Alzheimer's Association Helpline
 
Our helpline at
800-272-3900
operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in 140 languages.

 

Our staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about all aspects of Alzheimer's disease.  

 

Call us if you have questions about:

 

-Alzheimer's disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and

care options

 

-Caregiving tips and respite care options
 

-Services available in your community and referrals 


You can also call us for emotional support as often as you need. 

 

Remember, we are here for you. All day,  every day.  

 

EducationalUpcoming Educational Programs
   
May 21st
1:30-3:00pm
 
Getting Started: What to do if you Suspect a Family Member has Dementia or has been Diagnosed with Dementia 
2217 Princess Anne Street 2nd Floor Conference Rm.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Pre-register by calling 540-370-0835.


May 30th

10:00am-12:00pm
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's: The Basics
Chester United Methodist Church

12132 Percival Street, Chester, VA 23831

Pre-register by calling 804-967-2580.   

 

June 2nd - Part One 

10-11:30am
June 9th - Part Two 10-11:30am
Living with Alzheimer's: For People with Alzheimer's and Other Dementia Diseases
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury 132 Lancaster Drive
Irvington, VA
22480
Pre-register by calling 804-695-9382.

June 11th

10am-12pm 

Alzheimer's and Dementia: When Stigma is the Problem
Salem Church Library
2607 Salem Church Road

Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Pre-register by calling 540-370-0835. 

 

June 11th 
8:30am-2pm 
Holding Them Close: Providing Spiritual Care for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers 
Dunlop House Assisted Living & Specialized Alzheimer's Care 
235 Dunlop Farms Blvd. 
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Pre-register by calling 804-967-2580. 
 
To view the complete list, please click HERE

For more information, please call 804-967-2580.

 

SupportGroupsSupport Groups
 
Discover support groups in your area and receive the emotional support you need!

To learn more, click HERE.

 

 StayConnectedStay Connected
 

Address: 

4600 Cox Road

Suite 130

Glen Allen, VA 23060

 

Phone:  

804-967-2580 

 

24/7 Helpline:

800-272-3900

  

www.alz.org/grva   

  Walks
Middle Peninsula - Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer's
 
Fredericksburg Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, September 26th; University of Mary Washington. Register your
team HERE . 
 
Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, November 7th; Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. Register your team HERE.
 

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CEO_LetterAs I prepare to retire as CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement during my nearly 17 years of service to the community.

 

Some of you were involved in the Chapter when I came on-board as the only full-time staff member when we were located in a dingy office on Forest Hill Avenue. We've come a long way. Thank you for all that you have done to help the Chapter grow to meet the ever increasing need for our services.

 

During my tenure, I have had the opportunity to work with numerous Board Members who have provided personal support to me, and have given their time, talent, and financial support to the Chapter. Our growth would not have been possible without their involvement and dedication.

 

I have also had the privilege of working with the most dedicated and caring staff - individuals that work hard every day to make life a little less stressful for those we serve. Our Chapter staff truly care about the 26,000 individuals in our service area with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, and whether they meet with clients directly or provide support in the background - they are amazing ! I want to thank them all for making my job easier and so enjoyable.

Sadly, the biggest change I have seen in my 17 years is the number of people affected by this devastating disease.

 

When I started, we said that one in four of us knew someone affected by the disease - now one in two of us know someone. When I am out in the community, I meet more and more people who know the challenges that those with the disease and their families face on a daily basis.

 

However, there are also more reasons to be hopeful that an end to this disease is on its way!

 

The Alzheimer's Association has been a part of every major Alzheimer's research project over the last 30 years, and during the last several years, the Association has been able to increase federal government support of Alzheimer's research. In addition, the National Alzheimer's Project Act that passed in 2012 required the creation of a national strategic plan to address the rapidly escalating Alzheimer's disease crisis and will coordinate Alzheimer's disease efforts across the federal government.

 

As I prepare to retire, my only wish is that we could all retire because our services were no longer needed. I know you share mine, and the Alzheimer's Association's, vision of "a world without Alzheimer's disease."

 

Until we reach that goal, thank you for all you do.

 

 

 

 

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ABAMPLEDGE TO GO PURPLE
FOR ALZHEIMER'S AND BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH!

 

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month - an opportunity for the community to join the global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias - and the Alzheimer's Association is asking people around the world to take the Purple Pledge and join the fight to #ENDALZ.

 

HELP US TURN THE WORLD PURPLE!

  

- Wear purple throughout June - especially on Sunday, June 21st, The Longest Day.

 

- Encourage your friends and family to take the pledge and join the cause.

 

- Sign up to be an advocate.

 

Visit www.alz.org/pledge to take the pledge today!

 

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter hopes to collect 1,000 Purple Pledge signatures now through the end of June. Your pledge will help raise critical awareness about Alzheimer's disease, a leading cause of death in the United States and across the world.

 

 

BocceForMemoryJOIN US FOR 'BOCCE FOR MEMORY' AND SUPPORT THE LONGEST DAY! 

 

'Bocce for Memory' is coming.

 

This event, sponsored by Major League Bocce - Richmond, will take place on Saturday, June 20th from 9am to 9pm at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond in support of the Alzheimer's Association's Greater Richmond Chapter's Longest Day.

 

Longest Day is a national sunrise to sunset initiative aimed at raising funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association and meant to symbolize the challenging round-the-clock journey those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers face every single day!

 

'Bocce for Memory' will include bocce, corn-hole, and other fun social activities and Hardywood will graciously donate 10% of their proceeds from 2-9pm to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Mark your calendars and participate! You can pre-register and/or make a donation HERE

 

Bocce and corn-hole not your thing? Do what you love. Run. Bike. Hike. Bowl. Sing. You can register your very own Longest Day fundraising activity at www.alz.org/longestday.  

  

 
   
ACAC_DonationACAC DONATES
OVER $31,000 TO ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION GREATER RICHMOND  
   
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter recently received a $31,710 donation from acac Fitness and Wellness Center as a result of their 30 Days for $30 campaign. The campaign, which ran at acac's Midltohian and Short Pump locations, provided individuals a 30-day membership for just $30 with 100% of funds being donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

 

"One of acac's five core values is Community," said Wendy Greene, acac Marketing Director. "We take an active role in our community and we believe in dedicating our time, energy and resources to make a difference in the lives of others."

 

"The Alzheimer's Association is making great strides in our community, and the world, fighting and supporting those fighting such a debilitating disease," added Greene. "We are excited to help them raise awareness and funds to carry out their mission."

 

The Alzheimer's Association is extremely grateful for the continued support of community and corporate partners like acac!

 
 
 
ListeningSessionVIRGINIA ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND RELATED DISORDERS COMMISSION TO HOLD GREATER RICHMOND LISTENING SESSION

The Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission is preparing to update the Virginia State Dementia Plan and they want to hear from people with dementia and their caregivers.

 

To facilitate this, the Commission is holding a Greater Richmond Listening Session on June 16th. Staff from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter will join the Commission and provide an overview of the Virginia Dementia State Plan.

 

Individuals with dementia and mild cognitive impairment, as well as family caregivers, are encouraged to attend the public listening session. Health care professionals are also welcome.

 

Greater Richmond Listening Session

Tuesday, June 16; 1-3pm

Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter

4600 Cox Road

Glen Allen, VA 23060

 

The Virginia Dementia State Plan is a planning document from the Virginia Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission and outlines a strategic, coordinated approach to respond to dementia-related needs throughout the Commonwealth.The plan includes goals, objectives and strategies that Virginia can employ to ensure the state is prepared to support individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

 

The session will also highlight the accomplishments made to improve Virginia's dementia response in the last four years.

 

Those in attendance will be encouraged, not required, to speak about the Virginia Dementia State Plan, their dementia care needs, and challenges that they face in dealing with dementia.

 

To view the Virginia Dementia State Plan, please click HERE.
 
 


AAICAAIC TO BE HELD JULY 18TH THROUGH JULY 23RD IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Be a part of progress as it happens!

At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, AAIC, attendees will connect with leading scientists, clinicians and care providers and hear the latest discoveries and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Early-bird savings end on Friday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

To learn more, or to register, please visit http://alz.org/aaic