Your gift today can be matched. – Alzheimer’s disease

Your gift today can be matched. – Alzheimer’s disease

February is coming to a close, and we don’t want you to miss your chance to participate in our special, online-only Matching Gift Challenge. There are only two weeks left while you can double your support in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease — have you made your gift yet?
The Pine Family Foundation of Austin, Texas, has generously pledged $100,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association if we can raise that same amount by March 15. Established in 1994, the Pine Family Foundation dedicates all of its resources to advancing care and support services, critical Alzheimer’s research and public policy efforts.
When you make a donation today, you can help us double our efforts to defeat this devastating disease. Your tax-deductible gift of $35 can become $70, $60 can become $120, or an especially generous gift of $120 can become $240.
Please send a generous gift today while it can make TWICE the impact. Together, we can provide help and hope to all those affected by Alzheimer’s by enhancing care and support services and advancing research with the potential to discover methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

Take a look at 34 learning opportunities in March

Take a look at 34 learning opportunities in March

If you are curious about memory loss, look at “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” or “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.” If you need specific knowledge or just something to make life easier, try “Effective Communication Strategies” or “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research.” No matter where you are in the journey, we have a program that will help.

David Cassidy reveals that he is living with dementia

David Cassidy reveals that he is living with dementia

Actor and musician David Cassidy, best known for his starring role on the 1970s series “The Partridge Family,” has revealed he is living with dementia. Cassidy, 66, says he has made the decision to stop touring as a musician to concentrate on his health and happiness.

Entertainer David Cassidy has revealed that he is now fighting dementia. He’s seen here after singing the national anthem at Boston’s Fenway Park in 2009.

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Saying that he’s been diagnosed with the same condition that struck his mother and grandfather, singer David Cassidy has revealed that he is fighting dementia. The star whose career was launched by 1970s TV show The Partridge Family had recently told fans that he was on a farewell tour.

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy, 66, tells People magazine, in an interview about his condition.

The revelation comes after two recent developments: Earlier this month, Cassidy stated that he would no longer tour after 2017; and over the weekend, the website TMZ posted a video from his Saturday night show, in which the star seems to struggle to recall lyrics and maintain his balance.

Last week, as Cassidy discussed the last shows he had planned to play in California, he said: “I just can’t tour anymore. I know it’s time.”

On his Facebook page, Cassidy had recently said he wanted to perform until the end of the year, urging fans to come see the final concerts in what he said were 49 years of touring.

“I’m not going to vanish or disappear forever,” Cassidy wrote.

But it now seems that his health concerns have forced Cassidy to hasten his retirement date. His mother, Evelyn Ward, died at age 89 after struggling with dementia for years, Cassidy has said.

The former teen idol has been an active supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association, auctioning off some of his old costumes to benefit the group after his mother’s death late in 2012. In recent years, Cassidy has also been forced to auction a house and other items as part of bankruptcy and divorce proceedings.

The performer’s official page also recently highlighted a 1972 interview he did with the BBC, in which Cassidy talked about his life as Keith Partridge — and how he tried, without success, to elude masses of fans. At the end of that chat, he was asked if he worried about how ephemeral his fame and success might be.

“I don’t worry about it at all,” Cassidy said. “I think by the time that it does kind of die out, I’ll be wanting it to.”

Legal and financial considerations in dementia: Three things you can do today

Legal and financial considerations in dementia: Three things you can do today

Join us March 14, from 12 – 1 p.m. for an Educational Program by Phone on legal and financial matters concerning dementia. A few simple legal and financial preparations will protect you and your family when Alzheimer’s or another dementia has been diagnosed if you act in time. Join us as we hear from an eldercare attorney about the specific steps you can take on your own, or with a lawyer, to give you some peace of mind about the future.

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Register online below or by phone at 309.662.8392.
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Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Anxiety Relief: Aromatherapy and Hand Massage
Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Legal and Financial Considerations in Dementia: Three Things You Can Do Today
Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Supporting Couples Living with Dementia: How Spouses’ Roles Change
Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Mediterranean Diet – Can Changes in Diet Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s disease?
Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


How to Choose the Best Residential Care Option for Your Situation
Tuesday | June 13, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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Hiring In-Home Care: How to Choose Who to Bring into Your Home

Caregiver’s School of Hard Knocks: One Man’s Journey

Learn the Amazing Ways That Music Can Help People With Memory Loss

Coping with Alzheimer’s Behaviors: Skills that Can Help You Today

Medications for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias: Benefits and Side Effects

Reducing the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

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Young advocate finds her voice in the fight against Alzheimer’s

Young advocate finds her voice in the fight against Alzheimer’s

Georgia native Sarah Collett is a hospice and palliative care nursing assistant for people living with Alzheimer’s. She’s spent countless hours caring for people with the disease, and that’s why she’s now an advocate. “I am more than a hospice and palliative care nursing assistant,” Collett says. “I am a voice.”

I am a hospice and palliative care nursing assistant for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

I have experienced countless moments of bathing and toileting people who have forgotten what toilet paper is, and countless minutes flipping through photo albums pointing out family members, picture by picture. Most importantly, I have countless special memories of holding someone’s hand as death washes over and a sort of freedom sets in.

I have been someone’s doctor, someone’s granddaughter and just about anyone other than me because the Alzheimer’s tells the person with the disease otherwise. This is why I chose to advocate. I am more than a hospice and palliative care nurse assistant. I am a voice.

There’s something special about being a voice with the Alzheimer’s Association. The passion that flows within the physical walls of the organization and its people is rejuvenating; there is an overwhelming sense of pride in knowing that you’re a part of something that really matters.

The Making of an Advocate

I had been actively volunteering at local Alzheimer’s Association events when the volunteer coordinator suggested I look into a new group called the Young Advocates. Despite the fact that I had no clue what advocacy was, I decided to attend a meeting.

At the time, I knew nothing about politics. I couldn’t tell you how a bill becomes a law, how many districts were in my state of Georgia, or who my legislators were. I didn’t know what the impact of public policy was for those living with Alzheimer’s. I just knew my personal connection to the disease drove my passion. Along the way, I have learned that that’s enough. I felt the importance of the group at that first meeting, and ended up leading the group with another attendee.

A little over two years ago we were a group of five. Today the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter Young Advocates Group consists of 25 young adults that are passionate about Alzheimer’s advocacy. Together we learn how to make the needs of a community a part of legislation. We’re learning how to better use our voices, and as we grow in numbers, we grow in wisdom and perspective.

I’ve had the pleasure of advocating at both the state and federal level. We work throughout the year, holding meetings at our representative’s local office as well as traveling annually to the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C.

This spring, I’ll be heading back to Washington, D.C., with fellow advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. I’m not sure I can conceptualize all of the magic that happens at this annual event. From the opening roll call of the states to the national dinner, state caucus training sessions and the last day where over 1,500 advocates from across the country march to Capitol Hill in our purple sashes, sharing our stories and our vision for change, it’s beyond moving.

As a young Alzheimer’s advocate, Forum is a chance to discuss my own vision and learn about the policies other advocates are implementing in their states. It’s also an opportunity to connect with other members of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the nonpartisan sister organization of the Alzheimer’s Association that is working to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

I know that the biggest impact is made when we all come together to share in fight to end Alzheimer’s. It’s like Mother Teresa said: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” I alone may never see the end of Alzheimer’s disease, but together we can create ripples that will eventually lead to a world without this disease.

Every time I am with other Alzheimer’s advocates or meeting with my elected officials, I am ignited and inspired. It’s as if ending Alzheimer’s is not only possible, it’s inevitable! As advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association, we are making change happen. Each change to legislation is a win. It’s a moment where we have honored those we’re advocating for. It’s a life we’ve changed for the better. It’s one step closer to ending Alzheimer’s disease – and it’s our voices that are helping make it happen.

About the Author: Native to Atlanta, Georgia, Sarah Collett is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work with a graduate certificate in gerontology at Georgia State University. Sarah enjoys music, reading, community organizing and serving as a volunteer advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.