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What the Alzheimer’s Association is doing about Keeping Georgians with Alzheimer’s Safe
Tragically, over the Thanksgiving holiday, two individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in Georgia left home – one on foot, one driving. They became lost and died. These incidences reflect the challenges of keeping people with Alzheimer’s safe. They also reflect the need to heighten awareness of the problem of wandering, how to prevent wandering and what to do if a person with Alzheimer’s wanders and becomes lost. The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is dedicated to doing all we can to help keep Georgians with Alzheimer’s safe.
A special thanks to 11Alive News for inviting some of our staff to speak about Alzheimer's and dementia at their station Wednesday, Dec. 4th. Check out Safety Services Manager, Kim Franklin's interview below:
Expert offers advice on dealing with dementia
Coffee and Conversation with Congress
The Congressman will share his insights into what is happening at the Federal level to help those living with Alzheimer’s. Then, he’ll listen to the stories you share of your journey with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Due to limited space, RSVP is required at 404.728.6068.
Cognitive Decline in Georgia
Data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance SystemFebruary
- MUST Listen: President and CEO, Leslie Anderson, gives a personal voice to myths, prevention and more on the Atlanta Buiness Radio show, Eugeria! Eugeria! is a weekly radio show celebrating those who have given their careers to serving seniors and disabled individuals to make their lives comfortable, meaningful and fulfilled.
- The Alzheimer's Association joins the Shriver family and the nation in mourning the passing of Sargent Shriver. Few people have had the impact on our nation that Mr. Shriver did. See an old picture of Sarge from the cover of Life Magazine in the 1960s, and read more about his legacy as a civil servant.
- The National Alzheimer's Project Act is signed into law; NAPA is the greatst legislative victory for Alzheimer's disease in over a decade.
- The Georgia Chapter launches an advertising campaign in honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.
- We conclude our final Memory Walk season and announce the rollout of a new brand next year, "A Walk to End Alzheimer's." Statewide, we raised more than $1.5 million in 19 walks. We had more than 8,000 participants and 1,000 teams.
- "Nearly 100 Medicines in Development for Alzheimer's" featured in the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
- Advocacy success! The Governor has SIGNED into law House Bill 1040 and Senate Bill 367 - two year-long public policy platforms. Thank you for the hard work done by our Public Policy team, volunteers and advocates!
- Ever wonder about the difference between generic and name-brand prescriptions? It may make a significant impact to your loved one. http://bit.ly/aXRLW0
- Dancing Stars of Atlanta and Dancing Stars of Columbus together raise more than $300,000! Spring events around the state were a big success. Check out the Alzheimer's Association, GA Chapter Youtube channel to see some of the fun videos from the events!
- VIDEO: Local feature about a missing person who our Safe Return Manager, Kim Franklin, and the ALPHA team helped to return to safety. "Special Search Dog Works His Magic, Finds Missing Woman" from 11 Alive News.
- Spring eNewsletter released.
- Georgia Advocacy Update: Advocates from all across Georgia are visiting their Congressmen and Senators while Congress
is in recess this week, asking that they also co-sponsor S. 3036/H.R. 4689. Read more here: http://bit.ly/awRwqG
- New Alzheimer's Facts and Figures 2010 released.
- "In America's next decade, change and challenges" list includes 'Alzheimer's as public health enemy No. 1.' http://bit.ly/bRkyjU (from USA Today)
- Georgia ADVOCACY SUCCESS! On 3/10, Senator Saxby Chambliss signed on as a co-sponsor to Senate Bill 3036—the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. It is one of the top priority items our advocacy team presented to our elected officials in Washington this past week at the Alzheimer's Association Action Summit!
- Light your candle in the Virtual Candlelight Rally.
- Highlighting leaders in innovation, research and science in honor of Black History Month. Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., among first known black psychiatrists. A pioneer among Alzheimer's Champions. http://bit.ly/artlU7
- Breaking News: Social Security approved Early-Onset Alzheimer’s as Compassionate allowances! http://bit.ly/df2YcE
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