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Welcome!
Welcome to the e-news for the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. In this update, you will find useful information on events, programs and research. We hope you will enjoy this issue!
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In the News
The following section contains articles on various topics relating to Alzheimer's care and support. 

Give Them Chocolate (New York Times) - Research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences for individuals with Alzheimer's diminishes distress and behavior problems.

Early Onset Alzheimer's - One Man's Coping Strategies (Miami Herald) - About 5 percent of those with Alzheimer's disease are diagnosed in their 40s or 50s, and research scientists have identified characteristics of early-onset Alzheimer's that appear to set it apart from other types of dementia.

Wheldon Gives Voice to Alzheimer's (FOXSports.com) - For Dan Wheldon, winning the 2011 Indy 500 was more than crossing the finish line -- it was about raising awareness for his mom, Sue, who has Alzheimer's disease.
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Grandpa's FarmMemories in the Making

The Alzheimer's Association Memories in the Making program offers creative art expression for individuals with early to middle stage Alzheimer's disease. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice. Through this experience, people with Alzheimer's are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that connects them with a past memory. These become powerful tools that reassure family and caregivers that the essence of the individual is still there. The experience also provides professional caregivers and families with an avenue to learn more about the person with dementia. For more information, please contact Nancy Armitage, Memories in the Making Coordinator, or call 414-479-8800.
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Get Answers on the 24/7 Helpline  
The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline - 800-272-3900 - is a resource available to anyone who has a question about memory loss, Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. This line is available all day, every day for questions or concerns about caregiving, programs, resources, support groups and general  inormation. No question is too big or too small. If you are an individual with dementia and have a question, call us. If you a family or professional caregiver and have a question, call us. We are here for you, day and night. To ask a question via email click here.
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Register for Walk 2011 PhotoWalk to End Alzheimer's 

Join the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's™ and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Since 1989, we've mobilized millions of Americans to support our mission. Now, we ask you to register for Walk to End Alzheimer's, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. To register online today, click here

 

For Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising tools, click here.

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Programs and Conferences

There are numerous programs and conferences scheduled for the next months. We have conferences for caregivers, education programs, and support groups that are being offered throughout the 11-county region. For a listing of programs that are available in your community, please click here for a link to our education calendar
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The chair of the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern chapter's Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Dr. Piero Antuono, MD, will be speaking on the "Factors of Dementia and Alzheimer's" at a breakfast seminar in Wauwatosa on Tuesday, June 28th. For information, click here.
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Hand in PlanBuilding a State Plan for Alzheimer's 

The Planning Council is partnering with the Helen Bader Foundation and the State of Wisconsin to gather the voices and wisdom of people across Wisconsin including providers, policy makers, academics, practitioners, and families and friends of individuals who have Alzheimer's disease. The goal of the process is to spread knowledge about Alzheimer's, help identify existing services and gaps in Alzheimer's care and inform the State plan. Your feedback, concerns and comments count and we want to hear from you. Want to get involved? For information and to provide your feedback, click here.

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