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APRIL 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.


June 5 is the Night We Discover Treasure Purple glitter
New Art-Studded Fundraising Event
Promises to Bedazzle!


Champagne, a variety of small plate samplings, and an art auction featuring the work of Memories in the Making emerging artists paired with fine art pieces contributed by some of Wisconsin's most recognized artists.....well, you get the picture!  We're ramping up for the premiere of Treasure -  an exquisite gallery evening at Cuvée Champagne Bar - 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.  Tickets are $75 each and reservations can be made by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 414-479-8800.  Get all the scoop on this classy bash on the Treasure website.
LIKE TREASURE ON FACEBOOK by visiting our new page.
Showcase your business front and center in the eyes of the art community through sponsorship of Treasure.  Click here  for a printable version of our sponsorship opportunities.  Download a sponsorship form here.
Special Thanks to our Impressionist Sponsors:



 Preview Treasure at Milwaukee's Gallery Night and Day!    

Snatch a SNEAK PEEK of some of Treasure's magnificent artwork 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. 





Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~          
Wolf River

Wolf River 

by Ken Reilly

Ken Reilly, an individual living with Alzheimer's disease and a Memories in the Making artist, has created the signature piece for the launch of Treasure - our first annual gallery fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Association art program.  
Ken was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's when he was only 59 years old.  Click here to read Ken's story of how art translates to hope, as told by his wife, Beth.






Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum 
                          April 23 - 25 DC Advocacy
Taking the Fight to End ALZ to the Hill
Representatives from the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will once again participate in the annual Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., April 23-25.
At the three day conference, hundreds of people with the disease, caregivers and family members from across the nation will gather to engage in the democratic process and directly appeal to their members of Congress about Alzheimer's disease.
The Advocacy Forum will include a keynote address from Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, a candlelight tribute rally, educational sessions and updates on research and legislative efforts. The event culminates as our Southeastern Wisconsin advocates and others from across the nation descend on Capitol Hill to meet directly with legislators. 


ALZConnected Is LIVEalzconnected 4 color
Social Networking Community Connects Caregivers and People Living with ALZ 

The Alzheimer's Association recently launched ALZConnected, a new online social networking community where people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share questions and form new connections.


On ALZConnected, you don't have to explain what it means to live with Alzheimer's. The other users know, and are willing to offer their advice and solutions to common challenges. The network allows you to form "connections" with other users, matching you based on common criteria. Users can tap into a diverse community via message boards, or create a private group organized around a specific topic.  


Visit today.  Take a tour of the site, and follow the simple steps to create your own profile. Join a community of support for those facing Alzheimer's. The ALZConnected community is specifically for persons with Alzheimer's disease, caregivers, and family members and is not meant for use by health professionals. 




April Programs Assist Individuals
Early Stage
In The Beginning Stages of Dementia 


The Alzheimer's Association is offering a three-part program called "Living with Alzheimer's Disease - Early Stage", tailored for individuals with early stage dementia and their care partners. The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. Members of our program staff will lead the discussion and answer questions about what you need to know, and how you need to plan so that you can effectively navigate this chapter of your life.  
Upcoming Programs
Tuesday, April 10, 17, and  24  from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the Family Enrichment Center in Grafton
To register call Ginny at 920-838-1311
Thursday, April 12, 19, and 26 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Concordia University Wisconsin, Kenosha Center
To register call Paulette at 262-595-2387
Friday, April 13, 20, and 27 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Alzheimer's Association in Milwaukee
To register call Wendy at 414-479-8800
There is no charge to attend these programs which are available to individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and family caregivers. Registration is required.


There's a TEAM in Your Futurewtea photo
Walk Your Talk in a Way That Shows True Passion and Leadership - JOIN US!


Tired of the old team building strategies?  Looking for a new way to energize your business associates, co-workers, friends, family members, or best buddies from the neighborhood?  We've got the perfect strategy - architect YOUR TEAM for the Walk to End Alzheimer's!


If you are a rockstar, a mover and shaker - we're looking for your unique ability to inspire, invite, and motivate people to join you in helping raise funds and awareness to END ALZ!  DO IT NOW!


Our Walk site is LIVE and will provide you with all the assistance and ideas you need to make your team successful.  Every walker who raises $100 in pledges is entitled to a collector's edition "Walk to End Alzheimer's" official t-shirt. Visit our walk website or call 414-479-8800 for more information on all 7 Southeastern Wisconsin Walks and to register YOUR TEAM!


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We're Hitting the Lanes To Raise Some Cash at the

Makkos Family & Friends "Bowl To Cure Alzheimer's"


Sunday, April 29 


Morning slots are still available for the The Makkos Family & Friends bowling tournament to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's disease. The tourney will be held at Root River Center, 7220 West Rawson Ave., in Franklin. 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  


If you can't bowl, please throw your support and sponsorship behind Executive Director Tom Hlavacek and staff who will be fielding an All-Star team. Call 414-479-8800 to sponsor.  Let's watch Tom go for a Five Bagger!


Click here for more information and to access the official registration form.  All funds raised will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.






Milwaukee Admirals Alzheimer's Awareness EventMilwaukee Admirals logo


Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m.


Feel the rush as your Milwaukee Admirals face off against the Charlotte Checkers at the Bradley Center on Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 p.m. Discounted tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.$2 from each ticket purchased through our chapter will be donated directly to the Alzheimer's Association.


In addition to this wonderful fundraising opportunity, the Admirals are showing their support by promoting our Helpline on the big-screen and showcasing our organization during Halftime.


Tickets are available at the Alzheimer's Association, 620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160, Milwaukee or by calling 414-479-8800.


Tickets can also be purchased by calling John Bitter at the Milwaukee Admirals at 414-227-0829.


Download an event flyer here.


Have Fun, Do Good and Cheer on the Admirals during their last home game of the season! 


Longtime Volunteer Ruthie Hovland Retires
Ruthie Hovland Retires
Ruthie Hovland (center) and the Clement Manor crew

Ruthie Hovland, Memory Care Program Director at Clement Manor,

and a dedicated Alzheimer's Association volunteer is retiring this month.  At the March staff meeting the Alzheimer's Association honored Ruthie for her years of voluntarism as a support group facilitator, family advocate, and guest speaker.  


Congratulations Ruthie on a well deserved retirement!  We deeply appreciate your many years of service assisting people living with Alzheimer's and their families.  





Check Out Our Lending Library
Meredith in the Library
Meredith in the Esther & Sol Blankstein Resource Center
Meredith is Waiting to Assist You
The Esther and Sol Blankstein Resource Center, located inside the chapter offices, houses a current collection of books, publications and videos on Alzheimer's disease, related disorders, and caregiving materials.  Meredith, our volunteer librarian, is on site Mondays and Wednesdays and would love to assist you in finding the materials that would best suit your needs. 
 Most materials are available for loan and a select variety of notable books are available for purchase.  The Resource Center is open during regular business hours - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  You may also speak to Meredith or another publication specialist by calling our Helpline at 800.272.3900. 
Access a complete listing of materials available for loan by clicking on the links below:
Children and Young Adult



Honor the Ones You Love Spring


The Spring offers many opportunities to honor and remember family and friends, while celebrating a special event like Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations and weddings.


A contribution to the Alzheimer's Association will truly show your admiration for your "special loved one" while also providing support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.


One gift can help so many, and will make a bold, caring statement.  It is easy to arrange - just call 414-479-8800 and someone will gladly assist you. 



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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