Summer 2013

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The Alzheimer's Association 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

  • How the Association can help you

  • 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. We know that living with Alzheimer's can be overwhelming at times. Remember, we are here for you -- all day,  every day. Couple looking

Upcoming Education ProgramsEducation


Getting Started:    

What To  Do When Your Family Member Has     Been Diagnosed With Alzheimer's  or Dementia 

2217 Princess Anne Street 2nd Floor Conference Rm Fredericksburg, VA 22401 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

July 18, 2013  


See more education programs here.


Professional training  


4-Hour Dementia         Specific Training

This training is offered to professional caregivers and meets the requirements set by the Department of Social Services for persons working in special care units. The fee is $30 per person (non-refundable). Please contact the appropriate branch office for registration information. A minimum of 10 is required for an in-house training. Certificates of Attendance will be sent upon completion of training and payment. The training covers: Dementia: What Is It?,Communication, Behavior, and Environment & Safety. For a list of our upcoming training sessions please click here.


Alzheimer's Association International Conference

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, we'll celebrate    25 years of progress   while shaping the future of dementia science.  Look for a special    update on the International Conference later this summer.
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4600 Cox Road, Ste 130

Glen Allen, VA 23060

Phone: 804.967.2580

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Live 24-hour emergency response service for wandering and medical emergencies.  In a move to significantly improve the safety of individuals with Alzheimer's, the Alzheimer's Association and the MedicAlert Foundation have created an alliance to bring you MedicAlert+Alzheimer's Association Safe Return.  Please call   Nancy Lentz, our Family Care Coordinator, at 804-967-2586 or 804-967-2589, or e-mail

Learn more about MedicAlert+Safe Return. 



Comfort Zone uses the Internet and a device to track the location of a person with Alzheimer's. Set-up safety zones in       a Web application and receive alerts.              Learn more. 


Hope Bracelet
is being made by the care partners who participate in our Early Engagement Support Group and their grandchildren.  The sterling silver "Hope" charm signifies our hope that a cure will be found soon.  Proceeds from    the sale of the bracelets will be used to fund the Early Engagement programs  for our   families and the person diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another Dementia Disease.   Bracelet is made with purple and white cats eye beads   with sterling silver  spacers and sterling   silver "Hope" charm.  Comes in sizes  S to XL.  The cost is $20. To order, please call our office at 804-967-2580  or e-mail 
Welcome to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter's e-newsletter. This quarterly publication is meant to keep you up-to-date on issues and events in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.
2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's Walk
Walk to End 


It is the Alzheimer's Association's signature nationwide fund-raising event. Each fall, tens of thousands of people walk together to increase awareness of the disease and the courage of those facing its daily challenges.

Your participation makes a difference to the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's and the over 15 million caring for them. Walk to End Alzheimer's brings communities together in an effort to stand up and stop this epidemic, and we need you to stand with us. Register now and invite your friends and family to      join you.

Form a team or walk alone. Call Sandy Grady at 804-967-2517 or e-mail for more information.  




2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's Locations: 


2013 Annual Conference on Dementia 

The Westin Hotel 

6631 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230             8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday, November 1, 2013


How Early Can We Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease and What's New with Research?
Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.,
Director of the Mayo Alzheimer's Disease
Research Center

Dementia and Depression
Larry Tune, M.D.,
Director, Clinical Core, Emory University Alzheimer's Disease Center

The Art of Relationship: Self Care to Care Giving
Angela Lunde, M.A., Dementia Education Specialist, Mayo Clinic's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Conference Fee:
Family Caregiver
Early Bird Until 9/15/13 - $30     After 9/15/13 - $35 
Professional Caregiver*
      Early Bird Until 9/15/13 - $60     After 9/15/13 - $70 
*Groups of four or more from same organization pay        $50 per participant

Register by calling 804.967.2580 or by faxing the form found on flyer link below to 804.967.2588.

If you would like to pay by PayPal, please go to our Donate Page.  Please specify that you are paying for the Conference.

A total of  $150,000 was raised in less than an hour by the 500 people gathered at the 5th Annual Reason to Hope Breakfast this year! Their support for the round-the-clock work of the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter allows thousands of
caregivers in our area to continue training,  
supporting and offering other services through         the Association. 

Special thanks to our sponsors and table hosts for 2013.


Title Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Care Advantage

Benefactor Sponsors

Parker Pollard Wilton & Peaden, P.C.

ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.

Patron Sponsors

Hall and Hall Family Law

Lift Caregiving

Spring Arbor Assisted Living

Tavenner & Beran, PLC


 For a listing of the table hosts, please click here. 

Fore! About 160 golfers hit the tees to participate in the 10th annual charity golf tournament at Hollows Golf Club. Almost $40,000 to support Alzheimer's Association Research and Programs was raised.
Sincere thanks go out to our sponsors:

Ernst & Young 
Hole in One
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Hunton & Williams
Hole in One
Beverage Cart
NewMarket Services
Beverage Cart
Squire Sanders
Beverage Cart
Taylor Long
Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter Elects New Board Members NewBoardMembers 

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter recently elected officers and new board members. Officers for the 2014 fiscal year are:  

  • President, Marie Kolendo, Genworth Financial;  
  • Vice President, Andrea Yoak, Esq.,
    ThompsonMcMullan, PC;
  • Treasurer, Steven Zabel, Genworth Financial; and
  • Secretary, Brenda Mitchell, Crater Community Hospice. 

New Board members who will begin a two-year term on July 1 are:  

  • Diana Bright, Poet's Walk Memory Care of Fredericksburg;  
  • Nora Crouch, Markel Corporation;  
  • Matt Harper, MHR Services, Inc.;  
  • Eugene W. Johnson, Sr., retired;  
  • Judith O'Brien, MassMutual Financial Group;  
  • Myra Goodman Smith, Leadership Metro Richmond; and
  • Christy Walsh-Smith, Home Instead Senior Care.

The Longest Daylongestday 



Thank you to all those who participated, donated and cheered our teams on during The Longest Day. You made June 21 into OUR day - a day to honor those who face Alzheimer's with strength, endurance and passion. Together, we raised awareness and funds to advance the efforts of the Alzheimer's Association, moving one step closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease. 

Participants and visitors can continue to raise funds, donate or share until July 21st.

Little actions can make a big difference. Find out how you can get more involved with the Alzheimer's Association.  READ MORE HERE...      

National Alzheimer's Plan Updated  

On Friday, June 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health  and Human Services (HHS) released the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease:        2013 Update.

This updated version of the National Plan includes a summary of progress achieved so far as well as new goals in the areas of research, care and services. Highlights of the updated plan include additional action steps that HHS and its partners will take,     such as:

  • Development of a unified Alzheimer's disease training curriculum for primary care providers.
  • Expansion of efforts to detect and address elder abuse and neglect, including demonstration grants to help promote legal services groups that assist families and communities impacted by Alzheimer's.
  • Development of an expanded Dementia Capability Toolkit to help communities provide dementia services.

To read the update, visit National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2013 Update.