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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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Bud Swineford
Bud Swineford of Indianapolis, 79, may not have supernatural power, but he is a hero in his own right, shaping the landscape of voluntary health care fundraising in Indiana. For the last 25 years, Bud has single-handedly raised nearly $200,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter by walking door-to-door in neighborhoods across Indianapolis.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Ellen Slama
Carmel, Ind., resident Ellen Slama and her mother, Kathy McQueen, of Farmland, celebrated last year’s summer solstice by doing one of Kathy’s favorite things: sitting outside, enjoying nature and painting on large canvases with watercolors.

African-Americans leading the way for Hoosiers facing dementia
African-Americans are about twice as likely as whites to have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and less likely to have a diagnosis of their condition, resulting in less time for treatment and planning. With the influence of strong African-American leaders in Indiana, the Alzheimer’s Association hopes to reduce the risk factors and reverse the growing trend of Alzheimer’s disease among African-Americans.

Share Your Story: Lyle Bass
Indianapolis resident Lyle Bass, diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2016, isn't letting the disease slow him down.  Lyle now focuses on staying fit, reducing stress and creating positive experiences. Read more about Lyle's personal journey with the disease, and his advice for other Hoosiers who are struggling with their own diagnoses.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Denise Saxman
One might think that a staff member of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter is an expert in fundraising. In Program Director Denise Saxman’s case, raising funds is not her first skill -- but she utilized resources to raise more than $500 for The Longest Day (TLD) with less than two weeks of planning. Learn more about Denise’s TLD event and how to plan your own.

Financial advisor aims to support clients in all aspects of life
Meet Ryan Thomas, an Edward Jones financial advisor who has made it his mission to support his clients through all aspects in planning for the future. Read how his grandmother's diagnosis has inspired him to raise awareness and form a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Share Your Story: Lata Krishnan
Meet Lata Krishnan, a clinical professor of speech, language and hearing sciences at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and captain of the Ruth Steer Lafayette Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Read more about how Lata’s clinical background helps her in her role as a volunteer Alzheimer’s Association Community Educator (AACE) for the Greater Indiana Chapter and when communicating with her mother, Amma, who has mild cognitive impairment.


Would you like to share your personal story or journey with Alzheimer's disease? Contact 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      

10 Ways to Love Your Brain in 2018
More than 110,000 Hoosiers have Alzheimer's disease, the 6th leading cause of death in Indiana.  That number is projected to increase to 130,000 by the year 2025.  However, growing evidence indicates that people living in Indiana can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes.  Read the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter's collection of tips that may reduce your risk of cognitive decline in the new year.      

Ask the Helpline: Developing a Wandering Safety Net
We recently wrote about the importance of creating an accommodating environment for your loved one with dementia while traveling and during the holidays, and many of those tips are useful in the day-to-day care of someone who has a tendency to wander.  In addition to building a routine, adjusting expectations, and maintaining communication with those involved with your loved one's care (while traveling or at home), it is recommended to set up a safety net as well. 

Indoor holiday activities
"This will be the first holiday season with all of our family since my mom was diagnosed last spring. The weather report says it will be very cold between Christmas and New Year’s, which means we’ll be spending a lot of time inside the house while the family is here. What are some things I can have ready for us to do together with mom?"

Greater Indiana Chapter expands Care Consultation services in Indiana
This year, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter expanded its Care Consultation services to six new locations throughout Indiana – in addition to the consultations currently held at the Alzheimer’s Association chapter offices in Merrillville, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.

How you can help an Alzheimer’s caregiver
This month, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to lend a hand to caregivers. Here are just a few tips and ways you can help.

Caregiver Balance
“My aunt was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia. I’m the only family member who lives nearby, so it seems like I’ll be the one taking care of her now. But I work full time and my daughter just started middle school. How can I possibly do this?”


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.

2017 Spring Newsletter

2016 Fall Newsletter

2016 Spring Newsletter

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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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