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Can exercise help prevent Alzheimer's disease?
Healthy Cognitive Aging: Foley Lecture 2014
Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Support Resources for the Hispanic Community
Find clinical trials related to memory loss
Upcoming Webinars

 

Let us be your direct link to help with Alzheimer’s
When you have a question about Alzheimer’s disease or what to do in caring for a loved one with the disease, please call or email us:
800.272.3900
cleveland-helpline@alz.org

Quick Link: Upcoming educational classes for caregivers

 

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Can exercise help prevent Alzheimer's disease?

Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain as well as encouraging growth of new brain cells. It also can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, and thereby protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Growing evidence shows that physical exercise does not have to be strenuous or even require a major time commitment to be beneficial. It is most effective when done regularly, and in combination with a brain-healthy diet, mental activity and social interaction.
Aerobic exercise improves oxygen consumption, which benefits brain function and has been found to reduce brain cell loss in elderly subjects. Walking, bicycling, gardening, tai chi, yoga and other similar activities get the body moving and the heart pumping. Try to engage in an activity for at least 30 minutes each day.
Physical activities that also involve mental activity – plotting your route, observing traffic signals, making choices – provide additional value for brain health. Doing these activities with a companion also offers the added benefit of social interaction.
Like exercise, diet may have its greatest impact on brain health through its effect on heart health. The best current evidence suggests that heart-healthy eating patterns, such as the Mediterranean diet, also may help protect the brain. A Mediterranean diet includes relatively little red meat and emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and shellfish, and nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats.

For more information about the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, go to www.alz.org

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Healthy Cognitive Aging: Foley Lecture 2014
Come hear about lifestyle strategies to reduce the risk of dementia

Join us Wednesday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. for our annual Foley Lecture at Corporate College East, 4400 Richmond Road in Warrensville Heights. Our speaker, Kristine Yaffe, MD, will provide details on modifiable risk factors for cognitive aging that could have a significant impact on public health.

Up to half of Alzheimer’s cases could be due to these factors which include cognitive and physical activity, sleep quality, cardiovascular risk factors and depression. Dr. Yaffe will present compelling evidence for the role of chronic disease and lifestyle risk factors. In addition, she will discuss the possible implications of these latest findings for healthy cognitive aging and the promising next steps for the future of dementia prevention.

Dr. Yaffe is Vice-Chair of Clinical and Translational Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco as well as the Chief of Geriatric Psychiatry and Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Registration is at 3:00 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 3:30 pm. 1.0 Social Work CEU are available. Register by contacting Janie Chambers at jchambers@alz.org, 800.272.3900.

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Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Support Resources for the Hispanic Community

The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter is proud to announce that we have expanded upon the services that are offered to the Spanish speaking community. Additional education and programming will enable the Hispanic families that are living with Alzheimer’s disease to more easily connect to the resources that are available in the community.

Our Hispanic Services Specialist, Monica Olivera, is a licensed psychologist from Peru. She moved to the United States in 1996, and has been working at the Cleveland Area Chapter since 2011 as a Care Consultant. Monica works with Spanish speaking families as a care consultant, and provides bilingual classes to help them better understand Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Knowing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and getting diagnosed early is vital to receiving the best help and care possible.

To learn more about our Hispanic Services or to schedule a bilingual education program, please call 216-342-5591.

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Find clinical trials related to memory loss

Check out TrialMatch®!

TrialMatch is a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location.
There are more than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias underway and recruiting volunteers. Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch lets you search these trials quickly and easily. It also narrows results to those trials where there is a reasonable chance to be accepted for enrollment. This saves time for both you and the researcher. Enrolling the right participants helps researchers accurately measure the effect of a treatment. Get started by filling out a profile at www.alz.org/trialmatch.

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Upcoming Webinars

Now you can enjoy our great classes without leaving your home or office! 
 
Easing the Stress of the Holidays
This program is designed to give caregivers helpful hints and tips that will be useful during the holiday season while caring for their loved one with dementia. How can my family dinner be less stressful? What might be an appropriate gift for my loved one with dementia? How can everyone be included in holiday preparations? These questions, and more, will be discussed.

October 9 at 7:30 pm
or
October 31 at 12:00 pm

To register, please visit this link


Who Can I Call?
Knowing some of the resources that are available in your community can help you to be a more successful caregiver, as well as to relieve some of the stress of caregiving. The Education Team at the Cleveland Area Chapter will talk about community resources, highlight the FREE services available through our chapter, and answer your questions.

November 13 at 7:30 pm
or
November 21 at 12:00 pm

To register, please visit this link


All Webinars are Free!

Online Registration is required. Questions? Call 800.272.3900

Register for one or all at
http://www.anymeeting.com/alzcleveland

Find a Support Group

Support groups are an open gathering of people with common issues, needs and interests who come together to share their thoughts and experiences to better cope with and manage the challenges of dementia.
Alzheimer’s Association support groups are available throughout the United States. Find a support group anywhere in the country.

Our Helpline is here for you 24/7

Call (800) 272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.

Our 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you with:

  • Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Medications and other treatment options
  • General information about aging and brain health
  • Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
  • Legal, financial and living-arrangement decisions

Our 24/7 Helpline also features:

  • Confidential care consultation that can help with decision-making, provide support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day
  • Help in a caller's preferred language using our translation service that features over 170 languages and dialects
  • Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support

Find more caregiving tips online here!


 

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