Interested in Alois Alzheimer Foundation Programs?

Thank you for your continued support of the Alois Alzheimer Foundation. As you know, we strive to provide critical resources for those battling this devastating disease, and are proud that support given to our Foundation stays in the Tri-State area.

Programs throughout 2016 that benefitted from your support include:

*Health Rhythms Program – New in 2016, we began a monthly outreach to the YMCA, and the number of participants continues to increase.

*Hands-on Training for Local Schools and Universities – Students at all levels visit the Alois Center, participate in rounds with our doctors, and
participate in specialized training. They participate in one-on-one activities with Alois residents, including the “Opening Minds through Art” Program.

*Regular Educational Seminars for Caregivers held at The Alois Alzheimer Center

*2nd Annual Northern Kentucky Symposium – An all-day event covering multiple topics pertaining to living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease,
from medical to financial to spiritual.

*Caregivers Support Group – Partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, this monthly support group for people in the greater Cincinnati area has continued to
grow.

*Speakers Bureau & Resource Library – Serving as a resource for local media and groups interested in booking expert speakers on various Alzheimer’s-related
topics.

*Virtual Dementia Tour Experience – Organizations and individuals throughout the area continue to benefit from this virtual reality of living with Alzheimer’s
disease.

The Alois Alzheimer Foundation Committee has been working on two new programs for 2017, our new Magic Moment Initiative and a First Responder Training Program.

Magic Moment is in its initial phases, but we made our first “magic moment” happen in 2016. After working closely with a Cincinnati resident living with Alzheimer’s, her family, and a well-known TV personality, we were able to coordinate a meeting between them – resulting in a wonderful experience for all.

We’re also excited about launching our First Responder Training Program with the first session to be held on Monday, February 13th for the Greenhills & Forest Park Fire Department. In times of crisis, first responders are sometimes thrown into heightened situations with those suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Our hope is to provide best practices that can be implemented quickly, keeping our first responders and the people they’re assisting as safe as possible.

Please SAVE THE DATE: In order to do what we do, we need your help. I hope we can count on your continued support, sponsorship, and attendance at our 5th annual “Evening of Hope & Celebration” set for Thursday, April 6th. This fun event will once again be held at The Redmoor and will be our only scheduled fundraiser for the Foundation in 2017. Hope to see you there!

Trends in Cognitive Science

Scientists may have uncovered the area of the brain in which Alzheimer’s begins. The locus coeruleus is responsible for releasing norephinephrine, a chemical that helps regulate heart rate, cognition, attention, and memory. New research indicates that this area is subject to damage- including the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s- decades before people begin to show symptoms of the disease.
Information from Trends in Cognitive Sciences- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Quarterly Publication

Confronting Alzheimer’s Disease

WebMD teamed up with actor Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, founders of Hilarity for Charity,
which raises awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and journalist and Alzheimer’s advocate, Maria Shriver to
examine people’s beliefs and behaviors about the condition.
It’s part of WebMD’s special report: “Confronting Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Check it out at:
WebMD.com/news

Noticing Signs of Alzheimer’s during the Holidays

During the Christmas season when so many families get together may be the first time you notice a change in your elderly loved one.
Any subtle change in the way a person acts, behaves, or thinks could be an early sign.
Here are some changes that you might notice:
* He/she stood back during the gathering and didn’t have much to say
* Seemed very irritable
* Was confused
* Couldn’t find the bathroom in a family member’s house
If you notice any of these signs or other signs that just don’t seem right, it might be time for you to look into what is happening and
consult with their doctor.

Do You Know the Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

How can you tell if you have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease?
There can be surprising systems and they don’t all involve memory problems:

* People’s ability to make decisions can be affected by the disease; unable to discern right from wrong
* Frequent falling. If you or someone you love is falling often, tell your doctor.
* Forgetting the function of objects: If you can’t remember where you put your keys, that is one thing- but if you can’t remember what the key is for, that
could be signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
* The inability to understand sarcasm. If you consistently don’t “get it” when someone is being sarcastic this could be a sign of atrophy in the brain
* Depression: If someone has never suffered from clinical depression in the course of their lives but develops it later in life this could be a sign of AD.
* Unfocused Staring: Unable to connect with what is happening around you and unable to make decisions. Essentially your brain becomes “unfocused”.

These symptoms may signal Alzheimer’s disease, but they could also be signs of another underlying condition. You should always make note of any of these symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.