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NOVEMBER 2011
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The Compassion To Care, The Leadership To Conquer

The Alzheimer's journey is a long one, with many twists and turns. The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter has been here as a strong, passionate, and committed resource for over 25 years and with your support we intend to stay committed until the vision of a world without Alzheimer's is attained.

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Connect with the latest news on Alzheimer's care, support, and research 
 
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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness MonthEnd Alzheimer's Disease

 

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan called members of the Alzheimer's Association
to the White House to sign a proclamation declaring November to be National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  Since that time, we've proudly carried on the tradition, bringing a heightened sense of awareness to the disease, advances in research, and the care and support available to individuals living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers and families.  

 

November is also National Family Caregiver's Month 

 

We salute the nearly 15 million people in the United States currently providing care for an individual with Alzheimer's or dementia.  During the month we have the following training and education opportunities for interested caregivers: 

 

Sheboygan County - "Caregiver Conference" - Thursday, Nov. 10  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

To register call 920-838-1311

 

West Allis - "Recognition, Renewal & Care for Caregivers" - Sat., Nov. 12  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register online at Aurora.org/events or call 888-863-5502

 

Milwaukee - "Caring For The Caregiver" - Saturday, Nov. 19  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To register call 414-220-8600; en Espanol: 414-226-8119

 

Registration is required for all conferences.  For more information visit our education calendar. 
Or call our office at 414-479-8800.

 

Find caregiver resources or pay special tribute to a caregiver you love here.

 

Find pearls of wisdom from inspirational bloggers via Maria Shriver's blogspot.

 

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Challenging Behaviors Task ForcePolice chaser light
 
Launches Second Year on November 9 
  
The Challenging Behaviors Task Force was originally convened by the Alzheimer's Association in 2010 in response to the tragic death

of Richard Petersen.  Mr. Petersen was an 85 year old gentleman with late stage dementia who exhibited challenging behaviors. He developed pneumonia and died after being placed in emergency detention and transferred to three area hospitals. Family members found him at the third hospital tied to a wheelchair without a jacket or shoes. 

 

On November 9th, the Task Force will launch the second year of its work to build a common understanding of the issues, and improve assessment, intervention and treatment of individuals with challenging behaviors. As a continuation of its previous body of work, the Task Force will staff and develop outcomes for workgroups in the following areas:  training, law enforcement, Chapter 51, and psychotropic drugs.  Additionally, the Task Force, in collaboration with the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, will conduct a Systemic Change Feasibility Study to determine what would be needed to make systemic improvements a reality.

 

If you'd like to read the initial Challeging Behaviors Task Force report released by the Alzheimer's Association, click on "Handcuffed"

 

 

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Get Pumped for the 2012 Mardi Gras Gala ALZ MG With Logo
 
Fat Tuesday will be HOT! HOT!  HOT

Mardi Gras comes to the Milwaukee Art Museum on February 21st for the annual Alzheimer's Association Mardi Gras Gala.  Sip a Mardi Gras Martini or your favorite aperitif while enjoying canapes during the Silent Auction. And then feast on cajun inspired gourment cuisine in the modern elegance of Windhover Hall. Dixieland music, a Live Auction, two raffles, a photo booth and a caricaturist round out a truly fun-filled New Orleans style evening.  

 

The Mardi Gras Gala sells out quickly, so call 414-479-8800 today to reserve your seat.  Individuals seats are $200 each.  Corporate Tables are also available. Click here for more information on corporate sponsorship opportunites.  If you would like to donate a new item for either the Silent or Live auction please click here to obtain an auction donation form.  The deadline for donating auction items is January 10th.

 

Contact Kendra Albers, special events manager, at 414-479-8800 or kendra.albers@alz.org for additional information.

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Dementia and Driving Resource Center

 

A New Way to Prepare for That Difficult Conversation

 

It's an inevitable fact.  At some point in time, an individual with dementia will no longer be able to drive safely.  But when do you take the keys away, and how do you do it with dignity for everyone involved?  Those are tough discussions for families and many times not all family members are in alignment.  To provide extra support for families, the Alzheimer's Association has launched a new web-based dementia and driving resource center.  The center offers supportive material on initiating the conversation, alternative modes of transportation, and signs of unsafe driving.  Click here to learn more.

  

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Planned Giving - A Meaningful Way To Createbaby boomer couple an Everlasting Legacy 

 

Have you remembered the Alzheimer's Association in your will or trust?

 

Your gift will provide lasting benefits through our Alzheimer's research initiatives and community care and support programs.

 

Here is sample bequest language you can take to your attorney:

 

"I give to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. (the Alzheimer's Association), whose office address is at 620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI  53214, _______ (insert either dollar amount or a percentage)."

 

We encourage you to contact MaryAnn Vance at maryann.vance@alz.org or 414-479-8800 for more information.

 

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Events Around Town 

Do you want to support the Alzheimer's Association AND have fun at the same time? Attend one of the upcoming events being hosted by members of the community who share your desire to see a world without Alzheimer's. There are golf outings, barbecues, auctions...you name it! Click here and scroll down to "Third Party Events" for information.  

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Education, Programs, and Support

We are offering numerous education programs, conferences and support groups for caregivers in the next months. To view our education calendar which features a complete listing of the programs offered in your community, click here. For a listing of caregiver support groups, click here.
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Tell your friends on social networks that you're part of the fight to end Alzheimer's. Go ahead and "Like" the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter on Facebook or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. With your help, we can increase awareness about Alzheimer's disease. Click the icons below to start! 

 

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