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Feature Stories

Read about Hoosiers providing support and education to the thousands of Indiana families affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

A letter to my dad on Father's Day: Olivia McClellan
“First and foremost, I miss you—with everything I have. I miss your jokes, your hugs, and all the fun we had together. You’re still here, which I’ll never take for granted, but things are a lot different now.” Indianapolis resident and walk event planning committee member Olivia McClellan pens a Father’s Day letter to her dad, Roger, who was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s in 2013 at the age of 54.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Paul "Crazy Legs" Stofko
For Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko, of Chesterton, Ind., The Longest Day is about endurance. An avid runner, Paul uses his passion for running to bring awareness of the realities of caregiving for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through The Longest Day. As a senior fitness program specialist at a northwest Indiana assisted living facility, he is encouraged by the individuals and families who face Alzheimer’s on a daily basis.

Indiana resident remembers her husband in light of The Longest Day
“My favorite memory with Bob was holding hands. We held hands a lot – whether we were walking or sitting next to each other.” The Barrington of Carmel resident Judy Marich-Doeppers remembers her late husband, Bob, who died of dementia in 2014. Learn more about Judy, and The Barrington’s upcoming fundraising event for The Longest Day.

Greater Indiana Volunteer Spotlight: Samantha Kumfer
Samantha Kumfer’s volunteerism with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter emerged as the result of a conflation of her two passions: family and sports. Read more about Samantha's involvement with RivALZ, an annual flag football competition and fundraiser in Indianapolis, and her passion to end Alzheimer’s.

Cathy Light: Advocating in her mother's memory
“The world for her got a lot smaller, but it’s more important that the people who matter were there [during her final moments].” For Cathy Light of Jasper, Ind., Mother’s Day will be different without her mom, who lived with Alzheimer’s until her death in March. Read how Cathy honors her memory by advocating for Hoosier families facing this disease.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Molly and Reese Godby
For The Longest Day, Zionsville, Ind., mother-daughter duo Molly and Reese Godby are filling neighborhood lawns with flocks of pink flamingos. At just 12 years old, Reese wants to honor her grandmother, Lee, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s, by raising funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Learn more about their “DIY-style” fundraiser.

Would you like to share your personal story or journey with Alzheimer's disease? Contact in.communication@alz.org to speak with us about opportunities!

 

Ask the Helpline Blog


Our Information & Referral Manager answers common questions asked on our Helpline, 800.272.3900. Have a question of your own? Call 800.272.3900 or email Kristen Jenkins at kjenkins@alz.org.      

Ask the Helpline: Dementia and Driving
“My mom is still driving. Last month, she got a ticket for driving the wrong way on a one-way road. The police officer said she was very confused when he stopped her. My brother and I agree that we don’t think she needs to be driving anymore, but how do we have that conversation?” Read tips on how families can make sound decisions regarding driving ability and safety for their loved one with dementia.  

Ask the Helpline: Clinical studies in Indiana
"It seems like we hear about a new drug being tested for Alzheimer’s disease every day – but we never see it being used or released as a treatment. Will we ever find a cure?" Read about clinical studies in Indiana and how our Education Conference on 5/4 addresses the need for continued research.

This Tax Season, Consider the Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 110,000 Hoosiers. The costs associated with Alzheimer’s can be staggering for families, with average out-of-pocket costs for health care and long-term care services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance exceeding $10,000 annually. Making plans in advance can help ease the burden on loved ones. Read more for planning tips.  

Ask the Helpline: Positive Communication Strategies
"My father has been living with Alzheimer's disease for three years now.  He's always been a very happy, outgoing guy but lately he has been having days where he seems unnerved and paranoid.  Is there any advice you could give me to make him less agitated?  Read the Greater Indiana Chapter's recommendations for positive communication strategies.

The Power of Music
"My mom is beginning to show early signs of memory loss. There are times when I can tell she is sad or stressed about something, but she just seems so emotionally isolated now a days. Is there anything I can do to help her feel not so alone?" Read the Greater Indiana Chapter’s recommendations to on how to connect with people living with Alzheimer’s through music.

Chapter Newsletters

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter newsletter will be discontinued as of June 2017. To stay up-to-date on upcoming fundraising events, education programs and volunteer opportunities, subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter and follow our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. View our printed newsletter in digital format below.

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Chapter Media Releases

Aug. 8, 2017    People in Early Stage of Alzheimer's Disease Make Their Voices Heard 
     
Aug. 3, 2017    Alzheimer's Association Early Investigators Research Award Given to Four Indiana Students 
     
June 19, 2017    Alzheimer's Association Hires Chapter Executive
     
June 1, 2017    June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month 
     
May 17, 2017    Education Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Held June 2 
     
March 30, 2017    Alzheimer's Association to Award Early Investigators Research Scholarship 
     
March 23, 2017    Alzheimer’s Association and Bankers Life Unite
in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s
     
March 8, 2017    Alzheimer's Association Executive Director to Retire 
     
March 7, 2017    New Alzheimer’s Association Report Shows Growing Cost and Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Nation’s Families and Economy 
     
Feb. 2, 2017   African-Americans are Twice as Likely to have Alzheimer's Disease or Another Dementia than Whites

Dec. 16, 2016   Alzheimer's Association Awards Grant to Indiana University Scientist for Research Critical to Understanding Alzheimer's


 

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