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March 2014
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                                                 March 2014

In This Issue

Art & music can be transformational for dementia patients
Great art-related events coming soon!
Honor those with Alzheimer’s on the Longest Day
Take a class from the comfort of your own home/office!

Art & music can be transformational for dementia patients

Music and art can enrich the lives of people with dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.  Both allow for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed.

Music can be powerful. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult.

Use these tips when selecting music for a person with dementia:

  • Identify music that’s familiar and enjoyable. If possible, let the person choose the music.Choose a source of music that isn't interrupted by commercials, which can cause confusion.
  • Use music to create the mood you want. For example, a tranquil piece of music can help create a calm environment, while a faster paced song from someone's childhood may boost spirit and evoke happy memories.
  • Encourage movement (clapping, dancing) to add to the enjoyment.
  • Avoid sensory overload; eliminate competing noises by shutting windows and doors and by turning off the television. Make sure the volume of the music is not too loud.

Art projects can create a sense of accomplishment and purpose. They can provide the person with dementia — as well as caregivers — an opportunity for self-expression.

When planning an art activity for someone with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer's, keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep the project on an adult level. Avoid anything that might be demeaning or seem child-like.
  • Build conversation into the project. Provide encouragement, discuss what the person is creating or reminiscence.
  • Help the person begin the activity. If the person is painting, you may need to start the brush movement. Most other projects should only require basic instruction and assistance.
  • Use safe materials. Check to be sure substances are not toxic and avoid sharp tools. 
  • Allow plenty of time, keeping in mind that the person doesn’t have to finish the project in one sitting.

See this article in the Alzheimer’s Association blog for more on how to use music in your caregiving plan, authored by Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club.


Great art-related events coming soon!

Making Connections with an Art Focus
An Educational Program for Caregivers of Individuals with Memory Loss

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

FREE Program | FREE Parking Available | Refreshments Provided

Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter
at the Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave at East 93rd
Miller Family Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Rm J3-105
Cleveland, OH 44195

This program discusses our social needs and provides tools and techniques to have meaningful interactions with a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Participants will also learn about Art in the Afternoon Tours for individuals with memory loss that are hosted at Cleveland Clinic one Sunday a month.

Meeting Area: Miller Family Pavilion lobby near the sculpture “Cleveland Soul” by Jaume Plensa (pictured)

RSVP Required. Call 800.272.3900 to Register.


24th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Educational Event
“Creative Expression and Alzheimer’s disease”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Dolan Science Center Auditorium
John Carroll University

Speaker: Holly Queen, MA, ARTBC, Art Therapist, Hospice of the Western Reserve
Topic: Creative expression using a person centered approach for those with dementia.

Presentation followed by the 2nd annual performance of the Intergenerational Choir

Open to the public, and FREE to attendees not receiving CEU’s
Two contact hours available for counselors and social workers for a $20 administrative fee.

For more information contact the JCU Department of Sociology and Criminology, 216-397-4381.


CIFF film to show the huge difference music can make

Often Alzheimer’s individuals can become desolate and silent. The documentary ALIVE INSIDE follows Dan Cohen, who on a whim, brings iPods to a nursing home. To everyone’s surprise, residents with memory loss ‘awaken’ when they hear music from their past.  A film clip recently went viral and is changing the world for residents already. ALIVE INSIDE will be shown at The Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City Cinemas 

Film Screenings
Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 pm
Monday, March 24 at 6:15 pm

For tickets, go to http://www.clevelandfilm.org/ 



Discount Tickets!
Informed Consent sheds light on medical ethics

How much do we want to know — and who gets to decide how that information is used?

We are excited to work with the Cleveland Play House to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Based on a true story, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science vs. belief and whether our DNA is our destiny. The production runs April 23-May 18.

Cleveland Play House is offering a $10 discount on regular price tickets as a thank you for your commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association. Make sure to use the promo code 10corp at www.

Please note this offer is not valid with any other discount, promotion, or on prior sales. Students under age 24 are only $15 each with ID. Under 35? Just $25, sponsored by Scene. For information about Informed Consent, please visit http://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/


Honor those with Alzheimer’s
on the Longest Day

Spend the longest day of the year doing an activity you love - in support of the Alzheimer’s Association!

The Longest Day® is a sunrise-to-sunset team event to raise funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, held in June on the longest day of the year.

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, participants will challenge themselves with approximately 16 hours of an activity of their choosing, limited only by their imagination. Past participants have organized and completed activities including a half marathon, fishing tournament, an all-day kayaking experience on the lake, hikes, a sewing circle, planting a new garden, cooking favorite recipes, duplicate bridge tournaments and bike rides, among hundreds of others.  Some participants take on a particular activity that was a favorite of the loved one they are honoring, such as a cooking, knitting, playing golf, etc. It can be a therapeutic way to remember and feel close to a person with Alzheimer’s they miss.

To register, please visit www.alz.org/longestday.


Take a class from the comfort of your own home/office!

Now you can enjoy our great classes without leaving your home or office! Join us Friday, 3/28 at noon for a free health and wellness presentation online. We will present Know the 10 Signs: Early detection matters.  This free webinar explains the warning signs and the importance of early detection for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

As 10 million baby boomers are at risk to develop Alzheimer's, early detection of the disease becomes critical to future planning. Knowing the warning signs of Alzheimer's and getting diagnosed early is vital to receiving the best help and care possible.
March 28, 2014 at noon
Register online here

This Webinar is Free! 
Online webinars last 20 minutes and are followed by a brief Q&A session.

Online Registration is required  Questions? Call 800.272.3900


The Basics
This program is designed to provide you with the basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us.
April 25, 2014 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
To register, please visit this link

Planning Ahead: Summer Schedules, Travel Tips, and More!
As the summer months approach, many households will be adjusting to schedule changes and upcoming vacation plans. When caregiving for someone with memory loss, it is important to support them by planning ahead for these changes. Are you planning a vacation with someone that has memory loss? Are you planning a vacation for yourself, and looking for safe care options for your loved one? Join us as we discuss this and more.

May 30, 2014 12:00 pm to 12:30
To register, please visit this link

Improving Communication
This program identifies challenges faced by people with dementia. It incorporates techniques used to improve non-verbal communication, and how to best approach a person with Alzheimer's or dementia.

June 27, 2014 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
To register, please visit this link

All Webinars are Free! 

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 more than 200 languages and dialects
  • Referrals to local community programs, services and ongoing support

Find more caregiving tips online here!


Alzheimer's Association

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