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An artful collaboration

As part of the Growing Together Service-Learning Network, which connects schools and non-profits in the Central Ohio area to achieve a desired result for both parties involved, the Alzheimer's Association and Wickliffe Progressive Elementary (Upper Arlington Schools) launched a month-long art collaboration.Participants of our early stage Alzheimer's program and fourth-grade students will create art projects for an hour each Friday during the month of April. Projects will include a watercolor resist painting, clay creations, and a neighborhood collage.
Because of the connection between art and Alzheimer's, Caitlin Purk, Volunteer and Advocacy Coordinator for our chapter saw an opportunity to pursue a program with students to enhance their understanding of Alzheimer's, provide social engagement for our clients, and of course, create art. Through the Network, she was connected with Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School art teacher, Lindsay Bennett. Together, they brainstormed ideas on how to collaborate. The product was the 
month-long art collaboration. The program will end with an art show on May 10 where the students and the adults can celebrate their work and meet one another's families. "It is amazing to see how easily the students and our clients are collaborating. Not only are the groups creating wonderful art projects, the conversations had are inspiring. It is impossible to be anything but happy when you are in the art room during this project - the participants' smiles are contagious." Caitlin says of the experience thus far. The group will meet two more times this month and Cailtin hopes to pursue more opportunities like this for the chapter moving forward.


Letter to the Editor

Rod Blough was just 59 when he was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's. For many, a diagnosis means the end of a career and sometimes a purpose. For Rod, he has found a new purpose. He is determined to do what it takes to move the mission of the Alzheimer's Association forward and end this disease. Rod most recently shared a piece of his story in a Letters to the Editor urging others to get involved. Acts like writing a letter are easy steps to help advocate for Alzheimer's. Learn more about how you can get involved. Have a question about advocacy? Contact Central Ohio Chapter Advocacy Coordinator, Caitlin Purk at

Next Level Trainings exceeds fundraising goal.

The Next Level Trainings The Longest Day team set a goal of raising $120,000 in just four weeks.  The team not only met their goal - they exceeded it by more than $30,000! The Alzheimer's Association Central Ohio Chapter attended a special ceremony on January 18 at the Boat House at Confluence Park to help the team celebrate their success. The location was the perfect location, as in the distant background, the guests could enjoy the view of the Hotel LeVeque tower glowing purple in honor of the disease. Another feat accomplished by this passionate group. Executive Director, Vince McGrail addressed the crowd and express the Association's sincerest thanks for all of the energy and passion the Next Level team contributed to move our mission forward. The team erupted in genuine excitement and cheer when presented with a special thank you plaque from the Association. In addition to raising money, the team set forth to bring even more support to the Central Ohio families impacted by this disease and donated hundreds of items including books, journals, puzzles, iPods and more to the Chapter office.


Alzheimer's Association selected for Next Level Gives

Next Level Gives is a project of Next Level Trainings. As part of the 3-month Vision and Impact (VIP) training, leaders come together to create a mass impact around a cause of their choosing. Each VIP class offers support, resources, and talents to our local, national, and global communities. In order to stand as a source of inspiration and transformation, the VIP class sets audacious goals within a short timeframe, and in doing so, massive charitable impact ripples through our communities. The group has selected Alzheimer's Association Central Ohio Chapter as their most recent project with the goal of raising $120,000. The group is well underway and raised an astounding $9,000 in less than 24 hours to start the project. The project will conclude on January 15 and the funds raised will go to support the fundraising efforts of the Alzheimer's Association's signature event The Longest Day. Funds raised during this event support research and local programs and services. Learn more about Next Level Gives and The Longest Day.

Daughter host exercise event to honor mom

"She was always so active and was a workout queen" says Stephanie P. of her mother, Bonnie, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014. With her parents living nearly two hours away in Cincinnati, Stephanie was looking for a way to be a part of her mom's journey. When she learned about The Longest Day she quickly realized it would be the perfect way to honor her mom by hosting a Megaformer for Memory Pilates event to raise money and awareness. Megaformer is a no impact full-body workout that allows everyone of all fitness levels to participate. The event scheduled for December 30 at the German Village Butcher Shop (see more details here) will include music by local D.J. Alhoa, prizes, food, and three exercise classes throughout the event. Stephanie’s mom and dad plan to travel in for the event to help Stephanie reach her fundraising goal of $1,600. Stephanie is so passionate about raising awareness for this disease that she presented Alzheimer's Association information to her local community group - Next Level Trainings - in hopes of being selected for their next community project. Her efforts paid off. Her proposal was accepted and the powerhouse group has a goal of raising $120,000 to benefit the Alzheimer's Association in just four weeks. "It doesn't take much to make a difference. You just have to be willing to step up to the plate and do what you can. If you are passionate about ending Alzheimer's, joining the Longest Day is an easy and great way to get involved." Stephanie says of her experience.  Learn more about The Longest Day.  What to hear more about Stephanie's story? Sign-up to receive Impact, our quarterly printed newsletter. Email to be added to our local mailing list.

Speaker's Alzheimer's and Dementia Task Force

The Ohio Speaker's Alzheimer's and Dementia Task Force concluded their public meetings on Tuesday, Dec. 5. At the final meeting, Paula Kollstedt, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter, and others shared testimony about the importance of using data to make Ohio a more inclusive and dignified place to live for people with dementia. The Task Force will continue private meetings through Dec. 31 in hopes of developing a report of recommendations to share with the Ohio General Assembly. Read Paula's full testimony.

The Ohio Speaker's Alzheimer's and Dementia Task Force met on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to discuss Alzheimer's education and awareness throughout Ohio. Vince McGrail, CEO and Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, was among the community members to present testimony on the subject. McGrail spoke about the tools developed and distributed by the Alzheimer's Association including the 24/7 Helpline and support groups. The task force will have their final meeting on Dec. 5.  Read his full testimony here.


Local Government honors Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

On Monday, June 19, Columbus City Council issued a resolution to recognize June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness month and June 21, 2017 as The Longest Day.  Councilmember Liz Brown introduced the resolution acknowledging the Alzheimer's Association is committed to meeting the needs of people affected by the disease  through family and clinical support, education, advocacy and research. Thank you to the Council for helping us get one step closer to a world without Alzheimer's.

The Longest Day featured in the Columbus Dispatch
Facts and Figures

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Early diagnosis beneficial for people with dementia

Read the latest in the Columbus Dispatch regarding the benefits of early detection. Special thanks to Chuck and Mindy Brockman for sharing their story and journey with us all.


Raising awareness

View the recently aired NBC4 special "I want to go home, a journey through Alzheimer," which included stories from local families living with the disease, updates in research and more. The feature also included a live call in helpline, which local experts including staff from the Central Ohio Chapter were available to answer questions. If you were unable to connect during the program you can call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 anytime to connect with us.

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2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report

Dependency Might Warrant Tax Break - Columbus Dispatch, Editorial, April 3, 2016
Ending Alzheimer's Requires Team Approach - Columbus Dispatch, Letter to the Editor, April 3, 2016
Few Families Prepared for Cost of Alzheimer's Care - Columbus Dispatch, March 30, 2016
Helping Family Members with Alzheimer's - Good Day Columbus, Fox 28, March 30, 2016




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