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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.

Walk to End Alzheimer's Q&A: Dave and Phyllis Ferrell
Lebanon, Ind., residents David and Phyllis Ferrell are using their influence to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s and support available as co-chairs for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Indianapolis, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Learn more about the Ferrells and their passion to end Alzheimer’s.

Volunteer Spotlight: Erica Caluag
For April’s Volunteer Appreciation Month, we honor and thank all of our dedicated volunteers who are a part of our mission to end Alzheimer’s. Learn more about Valparaiso, Ind., resident Erica Caluag’s passion to raise awareness and funds to end Alzheimer’s in Lake County.

Share Your Story: Morgan Henderson
As a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, a national sorority headquartered in Indianapolis that has maintained a philanthropic commitment to ending Alzheimer's disease, IUPUI junior Morgan Henderson has helped raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association since 2016. Read more about Morgan and what drives her to volunteer for the Greater Indiana Chapter.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Fronczek
For April’s Volunteer Appreciation Month, we honor and thank all of our dedicated volunteers who are a part of our mission to end Alzheimer’s. Learn more about how Early Stage Program volunteer Jim Fronczek's background in music and the arts helps him organize cultural outings for Hoosiers living with Alzheimer's in Indianapolis.

Family determination supports individuals facing Alzheimer's
Lafayette resident Tyler Dubea uses his family's competitive edge to fight Alzheimer's disease in honor of his mother, who was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's at 48. Read how Team Karen has raised funds through the Walk to End Alzheimer's across the U.S. and the family's impact on the community.

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.    

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.  

As 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.

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

These newsletters are provided in Adobe PDF files. You must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to download the files.

 

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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