Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Besides the usual "what happened in 2009" stuff, the report also shows how efficiently the organization is using the money you have given. To be clear, 70% of what you donate to our local offices stays right here in northern Michigan to continue to assist and educate families in our area. The other 30% is sent on to the national organization. This is how we are all helping to find the cure.
We hope that 2010 will bring the medical break-through we're all working towards!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It's time to think about cold weather safety for our seniors. Older adults can lose body heat fast. Thinking ahead can stop problems before they happen. Here are some easy things you can do.
1) Set thermostats at 68 degrees or higher (shut off unused rooms to save on the heat bill)
2) Keep throws or blankets handy, on the back of chairs and the couch
3) Wear layers of clothing, even inside, a t-shirt or long johns will help
4) Wear slippers or shoes
1) Wear a hat and a scarf, we lose a lot of body heat from our head and neck areas
2) Wear layers of clothing for more insulation
3) Avoid going out on very windy days if possible
Signs of Hypothermia:
1) Cold hands and feet
2) Puffy or swollen face
3) Pale skin
4) Shivering (but if severe, there may be no shivering)
5) Slow or slurred speech
6) Acting sleepy
7) Being angry or confused
If you suspect someone of hypothermia, call 911 right away. Keep in touch with elderly loved ones. With a little vigilance we can avoid problems this winter.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Alpena Walk - Saturday, September 19th, 10:00am at Bay View Park
Traverse City Walk - Saturday, September 26th, 9:30am at F&M Park
Gaylord Walk, Swim, Skate - Saturday, November 7th, 8:30am at Otsego Sportsplex
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Our Team Captain Kickoff Pizza Party will be:
Monday, Aug 31st, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
(or whenever you can make it)
at VFW Post 2496 on Connon St. in Alpena
Come and see your fellow team captains, meet the staff, enjoy pizza and salad, and we'll review the Walk to date and details. Bring a couple of teammates, family or friends. Please RSVP the office at 989.356.4087 so we have an accurate count. See you then!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Three of Northern Michigan's Alzheimer's Associations TEENS IN ACTION members made the trek from Traverse City to Gaylord to help with the United Way Kick-Off. Kate Teglas, Kelly Send and Kassidy Teglas spent three hours using their artistic talents painting dinosaurs, turtles, horses, dogs, footballs....and the list goes on....on the faces of excited children. These talented young ladies also promoted the Region's Memory Walks and provided education on the Association.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Come and enjoy an evening of fun while supporting the Alzheimer's Association!
The Poker Palace is located in the Thunder Bay Plaza, 2201 US-23 South, (north of Neiman's). The following times and dates will benefit the Alzheimer's Association in Northern Michigan:
Thursday, Aug 13 - 5:00pm
Friday, Aug 14 - 4:00pm
Saturday, Aug 15 - 4:00pm
Sunday, Aug 16 - 5:00pm
You can come and join at any time, Texas Hold'em tournaments start 7:00pm. This is a non-smoking, no alcohol establishment. Come out and support a great cause!
Monday, July 20, 2009
4 person golf scramble
River's Edge Golf Course
Werth Road, Alpena
10:00am shotgun start
lunch following play
lots of prizes
100% of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer's Association in Northern Michigan. Hosted by Memory Walk's Stevens Team, George Stevens, Jr. - captain.
Cost, including lunch, 18 holes and a cart, is $75/per person and $300/per team. Accepting up to 28 teams. Contact the office for more information at 989.356.4087.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Our own Diane O'Connor is presenting
"Maintain Your Brain"
in a one-hour presentation.
where: Alpena Library, upstairs conference room
when: Thursday, July 23rd, at 7:00pm
cost: donations welcome
This presentation explores what recent research efforts and reports say about maintaining your brain through lifestyle choices and activities. Come and learn what you can do to help "Maintain Your Brain"!
989.356.4087 - Alzheimer's Association office
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
(Sorry... I mean 'walking')
Our Memory Walk dates for Northern Michigan are:
Alpena - September 19th
Traverse City - September 26th
Gaylord - November 7th
(and YES! - Gaylord is an indoor event!)
But the Memory Walks aren't for a couple of months. Why are we organizing now?
We want to organize now and get the 'work' of the walk out of the way so we can enjoy the day when it arrives. However you raise your Memory Walk team goals is up to you, by planning early, you have time to hold a garage sale, bake sale, BBQ party, card party, or some other event. You may not want to have an event at all, but you still need some time to contact people and businesses to sponsor your team.
Remember, you do not have to physically be at Memory Walk to participate! You can have a virtual team with members from around the world using the walk web pages (links above - click on the walk names). This is a fun way to involve families who are spread out over the globe.
Whatever you do this year to help with Memory Walk is greatly appreciated by the people and families living with Alzheimer's Disease in Northern Michigan. The funds raised through Memory Walk support programs, counseling and materials they rely on for assistance in managing their ever changing walk with Alzheimer's. Thank you!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The Michigan Senate is positioned to cut nearly $400,000 for Alzheimer’s programs from the State budget. This will severely impact the programs and services we now offer here in northern Michigan.
Senator Tony Stamas, District 36, and Representative Andy Newmann, District 106, are part of the decision making process in
Please call them today with this short message: “Do not cut programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and their families. Keep the Healthy
Those living in Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Ogemaw, Iosco, Gladwin and Midland counties, please contact Senator Stamas at 866.305.2136; fax at 517.373.2678 or write him at:
The Honorable Tony Stamas
To contact State Representative Andy Neumann those living in Presque Isle, Montmorency, Alpena, Crawford, Oscoda and Alcona counties, please contact Representative Andy Neumann at 877.737.4106; fax at 517.373.8446 or write him at:
The Honorable Andy Neumann
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Granum Theatre at Alpena Community College
check in at 8:30 - cost $10/per person at the door and includes lunch
please call 989.358.7928 or e-mail Karol Cain to pre-register
Guest speakers include:
Dr. Joann Root
Diane O'Connor - Alzheimer's Association
Trooper Andrew Ambrose - Michigan State Police
Mary Supiran - Tendercare Alpena
Pegg Thomas - Alzheimer's Association
Karol Cain - The Caring Place
Chef Eric Peterson - The Fresh Palate
The program runs until 4:00pm. All caregivers and family members are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We have a wonderful quilt to raffle this summer! The White Pines Quilt Guild from Harrisville, MI, has donated this quilt to the Alzheimer's Association to help us raise money for our Memory Walk. The gals meet once at month at Hollyhocks Quilt Shop in Harrisville. Hats off to the gals in the guild!
The quilt is simply lovely. It is queen bed size with 12 different snowman squares and beautiful machine quilting through all the layers. What a perfect quilt for Northeast Michigan! In the photo is Jan Mooradian (wife of author Tom Mooradian) from the White Pines Quilt Guild. Jan has spearheaded this whole project.
Tickets are available at the Alpena Office, 526 W Chisholm St, or from the White Pines Quilt Guild members. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing will be held at the Alpena Memory Walk on September 19th, at the Band Shell in Bay View Park around 11:00am. You need not be present to win!
For more information, you can contact: Pegg Thomas in the Alpena Office.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Traverse City walk site will be up soon!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting a presentation at the Alpena County Library on March 24th from 6:00 to 7:30pm. The presentation, “Making the Most of the Visit”, is geared towards those who either regularly or occasionally visit a friend or loved one with dementia. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.
Don’t let uncertainty rob you of time spent with your loved one who suffers from dementia. There is no cost for this presentation, however, donations are always welcome and help support the Alzheimer’s Association in northern
For more information about “Making the Most of the Visit”, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter office in Alpena at 989.356.4087.
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