Memory Day is an opportunity for caregivers and families touched by Alzheimer’s disease to talk to state legislators.
Ohio's seven Alzheimer's Association chapters will convene its annual Memory Day on April 7, 2009 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.
Memory Day is an opportunity for caregivers and families touched by Alzheimer’s disease to talk to state legislators about legislative issues that impact people with Alzheimer’s including better health and long term-care coverage for individuals, maintaining Medicaid access for persons with dementia and advocating for adult guardianship reciprocity for states.
There are an estimated 225,000 individuals in Ohio affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, a figure expected to reach 700,000 by 2050.
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias amount to more than $148 billion annually.
There are nearly 10 million American providing 8.5 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $94 billion. In Ohio, there are more than 390,000 caregivers providing more than $3.7 billion in unpaid care.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.
OSU Recruiting Adults diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s.
The Ohio State Cognition and Aging Study is currently recruiting participants for a research study funded by the National Institute on Aging.
The Ohio State Cognition and Aging Study is currently recruiting participants for a research study funded by the National Institute on Aging. Adults’ ages 60-90 who have been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment are needed for a 5-session study on memory, language, and perception. Tasks involve completing basic cognitive tasks and doing yes/no-type tasks on a laptop computer (no computer experience necessary!). Sessions are one hour in length and take place in 291 Psychology Building (1835 Neil Avenue, free parking provided) and at several area senior citizens centers. All participants will be monetarily compensated.
If you would like to contribute to this project, please call Anne MacGilvray in OSU’s Department of Psychology at (614) 292-7888.
In late 2006, Dad was having memory problems: He took wrong medication, lost weight and couldn't write checks correctly In late 2006, Dad was having memory problems: He took wrong medication, lost weight and couldn't write checks correctly.
Dad’s doctor misdiagnosed his Alzheimer’s as dementia. The family decided to see a neurologist and an EEG test was done, evaluating him at stage 2 Alzheimer’s.
Mother kept us informed of his altered behaviors. I began taking him to all doctors’ appointments and anything outside of Pickaway County. Dad became angry and moody and didn't want me helping. A friend invited me to an Alzheimer's seminar in Pickaway County in January 2008 offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter. It was a tremendous help. Here were wonderful helpful caregivers and patients in my county, all going through the same thing. I no longer felt alone.
After mother died, I stayed with Dad every night and was there almost every day. He deteriorated fast, refusing a nursing home or assisted living.
The Central Ohio Chapter’s caregiver support team rescued us. The team did a home study and evaluation and followed up with recommendations.
Dad now allows us to monitor his medication, take him to all appointments and be there for him. He is able to drive short distances. He has gained weight, goes to church down the street and is more alert. I am looking forward to the Alzheimer’s Association seminars to keep us informed. I know I can count on them for further support.
“The purpose of these monthly meetings is to discuss specific topics related to dementia, and in addition learn from each other as we care for our loved ones with dementia and ourselves. We have much in common and group members will understand and believe what we are willing to share with each other." Bill Keating, caregiver and advocate.
The Men’s discussion group is a new venture based on the proven format of our long-standing support groups for family members, caregivers and friends of people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.
The Men’s group is facilitated by Bill Keating, a trained professional and family caregiver. The men’s group provides participants with an opportunity to discuss caregiving challenges and share helpful tips, while receiving support from others who are in similar situations.
The group will be held on the second Wednesday of the month from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Panera Bread in Clintonville located at 4519 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214. A light breakfast will be provided
Topics that are expected to be discussed include:
- Role Change
- Personal Care
- Spirituality and Dementia
- Social Interaction
For more information and to RSVP please call Bill Keating at (614) 481-4466 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Register Today and Walk for a Great Cause
Each of our chapter Memory Walks has a web site where you can register online and create your own personalized web page, email your family, friends and colleagues to ask for support, track your fundraising progress, and collect donations online. Visit the Memory Walk web site listed below for the location nearest you and get started on your fundraising today!
Ross County Memory Walk
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe, OH
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Fred Beekman Park (OSU), Columbus, Ohio
Marion & Morrow Counties
Saturday, September 19, 2009 (OSU Away Game)
Marion County Fairgrounds, Marion, Ohio
Memory Walk Contact : Jennifer Monroe-Sega at (614) 457-6003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar for October 9, 2009. The Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter is in full swing with this year’s Dancing with the Stars Fall Gala.
The Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter is in full swing with this year’s Dancing with the Stars Fall Gala to be held October 9th at The Columbus, a Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus. DancePlus instructors are partnered with a local celebrity to learn and perform a dance routine at the Gala. This year’s “celebrity dancers” will be announced July 21st.
Past Gala celebrity dancers include: Diane McCloy, Cheryl Sher, Dr. Phillip Paul, Anita Grossman, Rick Fishel, Tasi Rigsby, Jacob Neal, Steve and Karen Skilken, Dr. Susan Borchers and Jeff Towslerr, Kim Germain, Jessica German, Candi Shoor and Rich Terapak.