The Alzheimer's Mississippi Newsletter provides information for those living with Alzheimer's and thier caregivers, free programs and conferences across the state, events and fundraisers, advocacy and research. 
Alzheimer's Mississippi is the largest Mississippi voluntary health organization providing care and support services for those living with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers while advocating to improve treatments and supporting researchers to find a cure.

Program Highlights:

January :

 

The 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Caregiver Conference will provide practical information for both caregivers and social workers regarding Medicare & Medicaid Law, respite care, clinical trials and more ! Breakfast and lunch is included. FREE for caregivers, $20 for 5.5 CE SW hour (Pending approval by the MS State Board of Examiners for Social Work).

Caregiver Corner:

New Year's Resolutions for the Caregiver:

Resolution #1: I must rest. I must take the time each day to remove myself from the situations that stress me and make me tired, and I must do so safely.

Resolution #2: I must ask for help. I must not feel guilty for this. I know my friends and loved ones would want to assist. And for me to rest, I will have to ask for help.

Resolution #3: I must adopt a healthy lifestyle. I will attempt to get physical exercise every day if possible, if even for a few minutes. I will make healthy food choices, and I will not abuse alcohol or drugs. I will schedule and keep regular visits with my healthcare provider.

Resolution #4: I will take care of my spiritual health. I will feed my inner self through meditation, prayer, silence, reading, the arts, or in other ways I consider true. I will seek wise and professional council if needed.

Resolution #5: I will take care of my emotional health. I will not walk this road alone. I will share my story with others. I will seek their advice. I will continue to enjoy hobbies and explore new ones that interest me. I will seek professional help if needed.

Resolution #6: I will educate myself about the disease that is affecting my care partner. I will investigate accepted care giver resources and attempt to follow recommendations.

Resolution #7: I will find humor in living each day. I will not feel guilty about laughing, even when times are bad. I will try and laugh with my care partner.

Resolution #8: I will continue to see my care partner as a vital person, and validate him daily. I will look past the disease that is affecting him and into his heart and soul. I will love him in the moment, in the now, just as he is. I may grieve at times, but I will honor the person he continues to be and my relationship with him.

Resolution #9: I will see myself as a hero and value my gift of caregiving. Heroes are human and have faults and weakness. But heroes draw upon a silent strength and overcome. Often, the most heroic thing I can do is to say, "I will wake up tomorrow and try my best."

Resolution #10: I will clasp the hand of my care partner and the hands of other caregivers, lifting both mine and theirs in triumph over the disease that seeks to steal. I will give back to them, and to myself, our humanity.

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Join our next Alzheimer's Talks on January 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern.

Our guest on this Alzheimer's Talks will be Dr. R. Scott Turner, Professor, Department of Neurology and Director, Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. He will talk about repurposing drugs to speed the search for a cure, including a Phase II clinical trial repurposing a cancer medication that will launch this month.

Sign up to join the webstream, or you can choose to receive a call to join the conversation by phone.

Santé South Wine Festival is a Mississippi destination event. The festival is an international showcase of the world's premier wines from over 35 vineyards and succulent culinary delights provided by top Mississippi restaurants. Santé South offers enthusiasts from novice to ardent expert the rare opportunity of speaking directly with winemakers.


Now in its third year, the Run Now Wine Later 5k (RNWL) has grown with over 50 runners participating in 2015 and over 200 runners participating in 2016.  It is expected that 2017 will bring 400-500 runners out to Renaissance at Colony Park to compete in a Fleet Feet timed race.
walk4ALZ


We walk for Family, Friends, Future, Fun. 
Advocacy
There is a movement that is relentless in the fight to stop Alzheimer's disease. Join the advocates of the "Alzheimer's Party". #MyVoice 4ALZ

Our Voice is for Family, Friends, Future, Freedom from Alzheimer's

Mississippi Alzheimer's Advocacy Day
For more information email tjharvey@alzms.org or call 601-987-0020

In Mississippi, Medicaid spending on people with Alzheimer's is expected to be at $694 million in 2025. Approximately 9 percent of the 2015 Medicaid budget in Mississippi is spent on people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Another catalyst for a comprehensive review of state preparedness to meet the immediate and future care needs of people affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias is the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Cognitive Module. Data from the 2015 BRFSS module suggests that 143,000 Mississippians may develop significant memory problems. Indicating potential future problems and burdens for families, caregivers, and the state.

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Alzheimer's Mississippi Headquarters
855 S. Pear Orchard Rd., Suite 501
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone 601.987.0020
fax: 844.587.9159
Gulf Coast Office
11975 Seaway Rd., Suite B114
Gulfport, MS 39503
228.236.7211
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