Friday, October 29, 2010

Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch™

Doing something proactive is a great way to focus energy away from the despair that can come from living with a life changing disease. What can we, as family members, caregivers, and people in the early stages of Alzheimer's do to help make a difference? How can we advance the battle against this disease? What can one person do?

The Alzheimer’s Association has launched TrialMatch, which connects people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, family members, doctors, and healthy volunteers with Alzheimer’s clinical trials nearby that are recruiting volunteers.

Find out more at Get proactive and help us help others in the future.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Two Great Conferences

The Greater Michigan Chapter is honoring National Alzheimer's Disease Month in November by offering two great conferences. Both will be held on Tuesday, November 16th, at Wayne State University - Oakland Center, in Farmington, Michigan.

Alzheimer's Disease: A Professional Approach to a Personal Disease
This conference offers continuing education credits and contact hours for social workers and nurses as they learn more about Alzheimer's. Cost for this event is $35.00 and includes a continental breakfast. Pre-registration is required. For more details, click on the title.

Alzheimer's... What Every Caregiver Should Know
This conference is set up to help the in-home caregiver learn how to better care for their loved one and themselves as they journey through the caregiving experience. This is a FREE event, a box lunch will be served. For more details, click on the title.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Put it in Writing

Come learn what you need to know to safeguard your health care wishes. This presentation will cover issues concerning power of attorney, guardianship, and other things you need to know. Learn how and where to make your wishes known concerning your future health care. This open and free to the public.

Where: Alpena Public Library Conference Room
When: Friday, Oct 22nd from 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Put on by the Alzheimer's Association in conjunction with the Northeast Michigan Community Foundation.

(Please note: There was a misprint in the Alpena News, the correct date is Friday, Oct. 22nd.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease - 6th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to a recently released CDC report, Alzheimer's Disease is now the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. The breakdown looks like this:

1) Heart Disease - 616,067
2) Cancer (all types) - 562,875
3) Stroke - 135,952
4) Lung Diseases (all types) - 127,924
5) Accidental Deaths - 123,706
6) Alzheimer's Disease - 74,632
7) Diabetes - 71,382
8) Flu & Pneumonia - 52,717
9) Kidney Disease - 46,448
10) Septicemia - 34,828
11) Suicide - 34,598
12) Liver Disease (all types) - 29,165
13) High Blood Pressure - 23,965
14) Parkinson's Disease - 20,058
15) Homicide - 18,361

The need for funding and research has never been greater. The expected rise in the incidence of Alzheimer's with the aging of the Baby Boomers is a true health crisis. Contacting our representatives in Washington is a great way to help.

Senator Carl Levin
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Find your local Representative here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spaghetti Dinner - Benefit for Alzheimer's

Attention Gaylord!

Saturday, October 16
5:00 - 7:30pm
St. Mary Catherdral Parish Hall in Gaylord

Sponsored by:
The Otsego Haus Memory Walk Team
Suggested donation $5.00 per person

Entertain by:
Margaret Madagame