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June 2014

Thank you for your interest in and support of Alzheimer's Project, Inc.  Without you, we would not be able to keep offering our many services free of charge.  Our goal is to provide these services to caregivers in the Big Bend area who are taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.  We hope you enjoy navigating your way through this monthly newsletter so that you can find a way to become involved as a client, caregiver, volunteer, or supporter.

From the Leadership Team
Bill Wertman, Director and CEO




Welcome to our brand new first edition newsletter!!  Many, many thanks to Jessica Duncan, Marketing Director extraordinaire for taking the time and the talent to create this newsletter for Alzheimer's Project, Inc. and the caregiver community.  Without a doubt this has been a labor of love and I think you will be pleased with this premier edition.  Please bear in mind that this is a work in progress and over the next year it will continue to evolve.  Our goal is to incorporate all things Alzheimer's from resources, ideas and concepts, to suggestions that our friends in the community would like to see included in future editions.  In short, we welcome your feedback!  Additionally, if you have family, friends or colleagues that may want to be included on our newsletter listserv, please have them contact Jessica at with their email address and we will sign them up.  Conversely, there is an opt-out button if you no longer wish to receive the newsletter.  We are excited by this new venture and we hope you are too.  Enjoy your summer!




Rebeccah Lutz, Board President


The Alzheimer's Project Board of Directors has been very busy during the first five months of 2014. A brief recap of highlights is below. If you have any feedback or questions for our board, please do not hesitate to contact Board President Rebeccah Lutz at or 850-443-6725.


Board retreat and strategic planning

The board has embarked on a planning process that will result in a 3-to-5-year strategic plan for the agency that sets the vision for our services and programs, fundraising and development, long-term financial stability, and other important areas of operation. Kelly Otte and Alyce Lee Stansbury, well-known experts in nonprofit governance, facilitated our board retreat on May 17 to help us begin this process. Stay tuned as we will be seeking feedback and input from our clients, community supporters, and other key stakeholders as part of the strategic planning process. Our goal is to have a completed plan ready for the board to adopt in early 2015. 


Welcome new board members - We have welcomed several new board members since the start of 2014. We are pleased to have the following new members, who have already rolled up their sleeves and are working hard: Cathy Adkison, Bruce Harter, Susan Bisbee, Rebekkah Willis and Ellen Amato.


Community Projects and Events
Guest Speaker, Dr. Patrick Smith on "Stress Management"
The Tallahassee Caregiver Luncheon is facilitated by Ginny Cavallaro every first and third Tuesday in Sanders Hall at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.  On May 19th, guest speaker Dr. Patrick Smith, D.C. was invited to present.  His topic on ways to manage stress was very useful for many of the caregivers who attended for several reasons.  Many of the attendees are either dealing with stressful situations from taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, are dealing with the loss of a loved one, or have physical stress from lack of exercise or poor diet.

Dr. Smith could relate to what these caregivers go through because his own father lives with dementia and is currently in an assisted living facility.  He was able to share some of his personal stories with the group, as well as listen to their stories.  Sharing these stories is a way for those who attend to get support from other people who are going through similar experiences.

"Stress is a physical, emotional, or chemical reaction to change," said Dr. Smith.  Since stress is a heightened response to routine and out of the ordinary conditions and events, Dr. Smith told the group several ways to reduce stress.  By following these tips, we can lead a more stress-free life.
  • Change your diet
  • Get the proper vitamins and minerals
  • Exercise
  • Laugh more 
Day Respite
Day respite is one of the many free services offered by Alzheimer's Project, Inc.  It is a time when caregivers can bring their loved ones for the day to experience socially engaging activities like group exercise, pet therapy, music therapy, and lunch with friends.  Most caregivers use this time between 9am-3pm to take a well deserved break for themselves.  Please click on the calendar link at the top of the page to find out when and where these services take place each week.  Space is limited and reservations can be made each Friday for qualified clients.  Please call our office for more information.

Tour of Mexico
We would like to give a special thanks to all of the restaurants who participated in our inaugural Tour of Mexico event on May 1st.  Everyone had a great time eating out that day, knowing that a portion of their bill would be going to Alzheimer's Project.  We look forward to doing it again next year!
Bowling Stones
The wonderful team at Allegro Senior Living Community is hosting the second annual "A League of Our Own", a wannabe Bowling league comprised of various health care professionals around Tallahassee.  You can see James and Jessica, along with several dedicated board members striking it up at Capital Lanes every Monday at 6pm.  Come out to support your favorite team, the Bowling Stones! 
Upcoming Events
Match Day is Almost Here
Every year, the Community Foundation of North Florida holds a Match Day for nonprofits.  It is an opportunity to have donations doubled on one specific day, which happens to be June 12th this year.  Be sure to place the date on your calendar as the best day to donate to Alzheimer's Project!  All money raised on this day will go into an endowment fund that will help secure the future of Alzheimer's Project, Inc.  In your email reminder, you will receive a "Donate Now" button to make the giving process as easy as possible.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and desire to keep Alzheimer's Project alive in the local community for the great caregivers and clients that are served every day. 

LOL for Alzheimer's Project, Inc.
Are you ready for the event of the year?  Chaired by Board Member Michael German, the LOL for Alzheimer's Project Ad-Hoc Committee is planning a fantastic event for August 16 at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. This evening of comedy, featuring comedians Bob Zany and Greg Hahn, as heard on the "Bob & Tom Show," will be a major fundraiser for our agency. Michael and his team are putting together an evening of laughter and VIP treatment for our special guests.


If you have been wondering which charitable event to sponsor this year, this one is it!  As a major sponsor, you and your guests with receive the VIP treatment that includes a private dinner provided by 101 Restaurant before the show while mingling and taking pictures with the comedians. Plus, you will not believe the advertising package provided by WTXL ABC27 and Tallahassee Democrat.  Also available is the opportunity to place your business logo in the program at an affordable sponsorship price, or honor or remember a loved one by having their name printed.


Click here for the Sponsorship Form

(Call Jessica about the VIP treatment and advertising you will receive at 850-386-2778)


Click here to place your Logo in the Program



Click here to Honor or Remember a Loved One in the Program

$25 per name


Tickets will be available to purchase through the Ruby Diamond ticket office in July.

Watch the video to practice the steps!
Watch the video to practice the steps!
June 21st
Sanders Hall, Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
Zumba is all the rage these days!  Whether you are an expert or have never even heard of it, you will have so much fun at our Zumba-thon!  Alzheimer's Project's Rural Outreach Coordinator, Angela Mendoza, along with her Hispanic outreach committee invite you to a dance workout party experience that rivals the ones in Miami.  All ages can participate! 
10th Annual Parrothead Phrenzy
August 9th
Elk's Lodge
The Tallahassee Parrothead Club and Elk's Lodge present the 10th annual Phrenzy to benefit Alzheimer's Project.  Florida's premier Jimmy Buffett tribute band "The Caribbean Chillers" will perform.  Enjoy the Seaside Silent Auction and the Happy Hour Buffett Buffet and then have fun dancing the night away!  Tickets are available at the door or online at

Walk Registration Party
September 9th
Momo's Pizza
We want to kick off our Forget-Me-Not Walk this year with a fun pizza party at Momo's in Market Square.  Sponsors will have a chance to be recognized early and begin recruiting for walkers.  This will be open to the public to help raise awareness for the Walk and what Alzheimer's Project, Inc. does for the community.  You will be able to enjoy live music and a buffet of "pizza as big as your head" at Momo's, a unique pizza joint that is local to Tallahassee.   

Caregiver Celebration
September 19th
Sanders Hall, SPUMC
We love to recognize all of you caregivers who spend your time taking care of loved ones affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.  This is a day for you to be pampered, listen to a great speaker, enjoy wonderful food, take part in complimentary health screenings, and learn more about what Tallahassee has to offer to help you.  You deserve a day for YOU! 
Registration will begin in August and seating will be limited.  This celebration is free of charge.
Coming in September!
Get ready to put some of those Zumba moves to work on the dance floor!  Angela's Hispanic outreach committee is working hard to bring you an evening of Latin food, live music, and dancing.  Sponsorships for this amazing event are available and there will be more details very soon. 

For more information, you may contact Angela Mendoza at

Awards Banquet
Oct. 16th
Sanders Hall, SPUMC
Every year, Alzheimer's Project likes to recognize those individuals who have truly given back to the community by being so involved in our agency.  The following awards will be presented:
"Leading the Way" Award
Sharon L. Vause Caregiver of the Year Award
Van Weinman Volunteer of the Year Award
Service Partner of the Year Award
Community Hero Award
Forget-Me-Not Walk
November 2nd
Tom Brown Park
Start getting pumped up to take our Walk to the new venue, Tom Brown Park.  The new space will allow it to be bigger and better than ever.  The planning committee has a few new ideas up their sleeves that they just know you will love.  Watch your email for more details soon!
Golf Tournament
November 6th
Southwood Golf Club
Harbor Chase is doing it again!  We are so excited to announce that this wonderful partner has decided to host yet another tournament with all of the proceeds to benefit Alzheimer's Project, Inc.  Dust off those clubs and start thinking about putting a team together to drive this fundraiser home! 

Did You Know?
Tallahassee's Hidden Gem
Lulu is the owner of the best kept secret in Tallahassee for those who have an eclectic artistic flair--or for those who wish they did. Please pay a visit to Lulu's shop "The Collection at Southside", which is filled with dynamic design for the lover of curious goods. You may just find that single gem that will be the finishing touch to your living room, patio, or wardrobe. Or maybe you've been looking for the right place to donate your unwanted pieces. Lulu has a place for them!  After browsing, you will want to see the back of the shop, "The Bubble Room,"  an independent studio offering yoga, dance, and other fitness activities. And stay tuned for "Another Lulu Production's" fabulous and unique events that take place right there in the 6,000 square feet shop. 

The Collection at Southside brings you:

- In the showroom Lulu offers a wide variety of fun and unique items for the home, designer & vintage clothing for men and women, garden items, jewelry, books, furniture, and more.

- A great spot to drop off your select donations. Lulu curates the goods and shares with other organizations that are in need.

- Meeting space for the casual gathering: lunch bunch, after hours meetings, music and performance events, book clubs, conversational salons., Epicurean evenings....etc

- Weekly yoga, belly dance, zumba and other classes, plus select workshops in the Bubble Room.

 Are you ready for the exciting part? ...A portion of the proceeds from these events and other collaborative efforts will be coming to Alzheimer's Project, Inc.! We are incredibly thankful and excited for this partnership, Lulu!

Take a look at her Facebook pages! 

The Collection at Southside            The Bubble Room              Another Lulu Production              

Coconut Oil
It seems like more and more people are talking about coconut oil these days and the health benefits from using it in various ways.  On the following website, you can read about research and tests being done with coconut oil for the Alzheimer's patient. 

Speakers Bureau
Did you know that Alzheimer's Project, Inc. has its very own Speakers Bureau?  Led by Susan Bisbee, new board member and longtime friend of AP, this group is busy spreading awareness of what Alzheimer's Project has to offer!  If you are associated with a club, group, organization, or business that you think would be interested in hearing one of our speakers, or for more information, please contact Susan at

Community Partners
Visit the Democrat's website
Visit United Way's website
For advertising opportunities, contact Jessica Duncan at 850-386-2778
Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. Do you have comments or content suggestions for the next one?  I would love to hear from you! 
Jessica Duncan
Marketing Director
Alzheimer's Project, Inc.

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