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MARCH 2012
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.


2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report2012 Facts and Figures

Just Released - Available Online


Don't miss the Alzheimer's Association's latest in-depth report which reveals that of the estimated 5.4 million people in the United States who are living with Alzheimer's disease, at least 800,000 of those people live ALONE.

Between one-third and one-half of those individuals have no identifiable caregiver. These individuals may have little or no support for conducting activities of daily living (ADLs), and they are likely to be even more isolated from formal sources of support than are those with a regular caregiver.
The report also reveals that unless something is done to change the trajectory of the disease, as many as 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer's by 2050. The cost of caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $200 billion in 2012 and is projected to increase to $1.1 trillion per year (in today's dollars) by mid-century.
To access the full 2012 Fact and Figures Report click here.





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Alzheimer's AssociationTrialMatch is a first-of-its-kind, free, confidential interactive tool that provides comprehensive clinical trial information and an individualized trial matching service for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The program can be accessed through the internet or by calling our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.


Alzheimer's disease is reaching epidemic proportions.  Currently there are inadequate levels of volunteers for clinical trials. This is significantly impeding critical research and the development of new treatments. More than 130 Alzheimer's clinical trials are now recruiting participants at 545 trial sites nationwide. Recruiting and retaining participants for clinical studies is one of the greatest obstacles to developing the next generation of Alzheimer's treatments.


WHO should consider participating in TrialMatch?  


Anyone may create a profile and choose to participate in clinical trials including individuals with Alzheimer's, people with family histories of the disease, and even healthy volunteers.  This matching service also enables caregivers and healthcare professionals to explore and identify clinical trials based on individualized criteria. 

Judy Gunkel & Mom
Beverly and Judy


Click here to read the story of Judy Gunkel, an Alzheimer's outreach coordinator whose mother Beverly struggled with the disease. Learn about how Judy became participant #27 in the Sharp Study through TrialMatch. 







Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~          
Michelle Watts
Michelle Watts
Michelle Watts, a licensed clinical social worker from Milwaukee, is making a difference in the fight to end Alzheimer's!   She is a member of the Milwaukee Community Advisory Board for the UW-Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center (ADRC) Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI).


Click here to read her thoughts about why we must break down barriers and stereotypes that prevent community members from participating in important research studies and clinical trials.  


Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute


Muellers and Sullivans
2012 Mardi Gras Gala Chairs
Jim and Mary Jo Mueller
Owen and Kim Sullivan
 - Record Breaking Event Raises $306,073
The 2012 Mardi Gras Gala - the Hottest Bash in Milwaukee - drew a capacity crowd of 500 guests with incredibly warm Hearts!  A big round of applause goes to our event chairs (pictured left to right) Jim and Mary Jo Mueller and Kim and Owen Sullivan - for a simply outstanding effort - bringing this event to the next tier!  Room dynamics were supercharged as guests lingered over Mardi Gras martini's, enjoyed a gourmet dinner designed by Cafe Calatrava, and raised their auction paddles in high spirited bidding.
When the plane finally landed, we raised a grand total of $306,073 for the cause - a record breaker! And with donations still coming in, that total will continue to climb!
Elaine and Martin Schreiber
Elaine and Martin Schreiber

Alz Mardi Gras Gala 2012
Very special thanks also goes to our Grand Mardi Gras Sponsors - Elaine and Martin Schreiber.
Don't be left out - Save the Date for Fat Tuesday,
February 12, 2013!

Treasure Premieres on June 5
at Cuvée Champagne Bar
Wolf River
Wolf River by Ken Reilly, Memories in the Making artist


Join us for an exquisite gallery evening at Cuvée - one of the Third Ward's toniest night spots.  Treasure is the first annual fundraising event in the Milwaukee art community to benefit Memories In The Making®, the art program of the Alzheimer's Association.


This trendy soiree will feature lively libations, contemporary entertainment and exceptional small plate samplings from Cafe La Scala, La Merenda, Ryan Braun's Graffito, Milwaukee Sail Loft, and West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe.  Coffee and sweets will be provided by Alterra Coffee Roasters and Burke Candy.


There will also be a "must-not-miss" auction of artwork chosen from the Memories in the Making® program that have been paired with fine art pieces contributed by some of Wisconsin's most recognized fine artists, including Reginald Baylor, Tom Bamberger and Shelby Keefe.


Tickets are $75 each and reservations can be made by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 414-479-8800.  Sponsorships are still available.  For more information contact


You can also get a sneak peek of some of Treasure's magnificent artwork during a special Gallery Night preview at Plaid Tuba,120 N. Broadway on Friday, April 20 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  



Memories in the Making Hosts April Workshop Memories in the Making
at Allô! Chocolat in Waukesha
Creating artwork has become an important and enjoyable activity for many who are unable to communicate verbally - the voice used to powerfully express thoughts, emotions and memories. The goal of Memories in the Making® is to offer an emotionally safe environment with positive reinforcement that allows people with Alzheimer's and related dementias to reach outside their world and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory.


The series will be held on consecutive Saturdays beginning April 7 through April 28, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. at Allô! Chocolat, 234 West Main Street, Suite 5, Waukesha.


This program is being offered to members of the general public who are living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. There is a nominal $20 fee for the four-week program which covers art supplies and materials. Scholarships are available for those needing assistance.  Registration for the program is required and can be made by contacting Nancy Armitage at 414-479-8800 or



Last Chance to Register for the 2012 Wisconsin Network Conference on Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias
May 6-8 at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center - Wisconsin Dells
Kalahari Resort - Wisconsin Dells

This conference, recognized as one the largest state conferences in the United States devoted to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, will convene over 850 health care professionals and family care partners involved in Alzheimer's care, support and research. 


Keynote speakers for this year's event include:

  • Marilynn Garzione, author, advocate and former caregiver
  • Bruce L. Miller, M.D., professor of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco
  • Sylvia Mackey, wife of NFL Hall of Famer, John Mackey
  • Julie and Tom Allen, Alzheimer's Association Early Stage Advisor's Group


Don't wait - Deadline for registration is April 9. 

To register or for more information visit the conference website.




Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

Facilitator Training - Wednesday, March 28


If you are kind, compassionate, and would like to use your talents to help guide family caregivers in their personal journey with Alzheimer's disease, you may want to consider becoming a volunteer Caregiver Support Group Facilitator.  We have a number of existing groups throughout our Southeastern Wisconsin service area that are in need of permanent facilitators.  Support groups meet once a month.  For more information about facilitator training and existing opportunities contact Krista Scheel at 414-479-8800 or 





Alzheimer's Association Honors Sharon Nagovan -

Caregiver of 2011

Tony & Sharon Nagovan
Tony and Sharon Nagovan


The Alzheimer's Association proudly recognizes Sharon Nagovan of West Bend as Caregiver of the Year for 2011.  Sharon has been the primary caregiver of her husband Tony since he received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in 2008.  She is actively involved with the Alzheimer's Association and attends education programs in addition to a support group.  Sharon and Tony are advocates for Alzheimer's research and joined staff in meeting with Senator Glenn Grothman to share issues and concerns surrounding Alzheimer's care and research funding.


Congratulations Sharon- and THANKS for being a role model for caregivers everywhere!  



Zach Shahrokhi and Marty Kimmel
Tournament Winners
Baehmann's Golf Center Raises $750
Baehmann's Golf Center in Cedarburg hosted their 1st annual

Indoor Golf Tournament to benefit the Alzheimer's Association on

February 18 and 19 and raised $750!  People had a great time,

with teams consisting of fathers and sons, families, husbands and 

wives, and friends.  The tournament winners were Zach Shahrokhi and

Marty Kimmel, of Mequon.  Both boys love golf and play on the

Homestead High School golf team.  They won with a score of 30, a full 3 shots better than their closest competitors!  One of the boys actually learned to play golf at Baehmann's when he was just a little tyke, starting first with mini-golf and then graduating to a Par 3 short course and eventually full length courses.  Golf stars of the future and Alzheimer's Champions for sure! 


Thank you Baehmann's for running a great event and raising money for the cause! 



Makkos Family & Friends "Bowl To Cure Alzheimer's" Bowling
The Makkos Family is once again hosting their very popular bowling tournament to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's disease. Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 29th!  The tourney will be held at Root River Center, 7220 West Rawson Ave., in Franklin. There will be two different sessions you can sign up for.  Cost is $30 per individual or $150 for a team of six.  Cost includes three bowling games, shoes, pizza, and beverage.  Bowling lane sponsorships are also available.  For questions, please contact Jamie Makkos at
Click here for more information and to access the official registration form.  All funds raised will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Leverage Your Gift with Life Insurance Life Insurance policy


Most people have some form of life insurance that was purchased years ago for purposes that perhaps no longer apply. If you have a policy that is no longer needed for what it was intended, you have a way to make a significant gift to an organization like the Alzheimer's Association at little cost. There are a number of opportunities to donate a life insurance policy.

  • Name the Alzheimer's Association as a beneficiary of an existing policy
  • Donate an existing policy, one that you no longer need for its original purpose. By assigning the ownership to the Alzheimer's Association, you may be eligible for an income tax deduction
  • Buy a new policy and donate it to the Association. Turn income into a major asset. And you may be able to deduct the premiums you pay on your tax return

 If you would like more information about how it works, we will be glad to discuss the options for your particular situation. Please call 1.866.233.5148 for more information.



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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