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Jan 2014
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ALZ Stars

On May 3, 2014, the ALZ Stars of Greater Indiana will be participating in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis. If you have never been a part of this iconic Indianapolis event, we invite you to join us!

Whether you are a seasoned runner or looking for a new challenge in 2014, we have the best incentive to cross the finish line. When you join ALZ Stars, you're racing and raising money for the millions of Americans who are affected by Alzheimer's disease.

As an ALZ Star, you will receive a free entry into the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon or 5K race, an ALZ Stars race day jersey, access to training programs and fundraising tools. You will also be invited to join us for a special pasta dinner with your fellow ALZ Stars. Participants raise a minimum of $500 towards the care, support and research provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you don’t have time to train, but still want to be involved, you can still be a part of the team. We are looking for “cheerleaders” for race day. If you are interested in encouraging and supporting our team, while raising awareness for our cause, we would love to have you positioned along the race route decked out in ALZ Stars gear.

Join us and make a difference! For more information, contact Amber Michel at 800.272.3900 or amichel@alz.org.

New Year, New You

Eat better, quit smoking, save money— for many of us, the new year means a fresh start and great intentions. As a caregiver, you may want to consider a different New Year’s resolution and commit to taking better care of yourself.

“You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of someone else,” said Alzheimer’s Association Associate Director of Early Stage Services and Care Consultation Denise Saxman, LCSW. Caregivers need to schedule time for themselves and build it in to their day. “There’s no reason to feel guilty about taking care of yourself.”

The following resolutions can help you have a happier and healthier 2014:

Get support: Alzheimer's disease is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. There’s multiple ways you can find support at the Alzheimer’s Association. Here are a few: call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900, visit one of our support groups to connect with other caregivers or use resources such as trainings, workshops, books and DVDs to better your caregiving skills.

Become a healthy caregiver: You may find yourself with so many responsibilities that you neglect taking good care of yourself. More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; one-third report symptoms of depression. The best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is stay physically and emotionally strong. Here are a few examples you may want to consider: see the doctor, get moving and eat well. Read more about becoming a healthy caregiver here.

Plan for the future: Putting financial and legal plans in place now prevents problems and confusion in the future and allows the person with dementia to express wishes for their future care and decisions. It also allows time to work through the complex issues involved in long-term care. Read more about the number of financial resources that may be available to help cover the costs of care here.


 

Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.