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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.


Thank YOU!  Walk to End Alzheimer's




Congratulations to one and all!  You are amazing!  Preliminary results are in - and to date here is what we can report to you.  Our seven Walk to End Alzheimer's events in Southeastern Wisconsin harnessed the people power of more than 5200 walkers, and nearly 700 volunteers to raise more than $750,000!  And this party hasn't been put to bed yet... totals will continue to rise because we're still counting and people are still donating!


Please continue to encourage your co-workers, friends, neighbors, and relatives to support the Walk through a generous donation.  Simply direct them to our  Walk website - it remains up and open for business through December 31!  And of course, we can also accept donations via phone and mail through the end of the year as well.


If you got a late start on your fundraising, don't despair!  For the next 2 1/2 months folks can still support your team, your family, or you as an individual - and you will receive credit for the donation.  How sweet is that!


Thank You - Awesome Smiley U Rock  





Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
Purple Rose 2012
Walworth County's "Purple Rose" Team
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~           
Purple roses come in several different shades but almost always convey a connection with love. The lighter shades of purple mean love at first sight and true love.  The darker plum shades signify long-term love and romance.
The story behind  Walworth County's "Purple Rose" team is also rooted in deep love for a family member who lives with Alzheimer's.  Click here to read their story.




Saluting Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Major Sponsors and Media Partners Walk to End Alzheimer's
Hosting seven Walk to End Alzheimer's events in Southeastern Wisconsin is a tremendous opportunity - one that we couldn't successfully accomplish without the support of our major sponsors and media partners.  Thank You for your generous support!
Star Sponsor 
The Cordon Family Foundation
Power Sponsor
 ProHealth Care
Ambler Sponsors  
Brookdale Senior Living
 Cedar Community
                                 The Family of Virginia Meyer
Major Market Media Partners
96.5 WKLH 
Clear Channel Outdoor
89.7 WUWM
Conley Media



"WE ALL HOLD THE KEYS" We All Hold The Keys


Challenging Behaviors Task Force Interactive Summit  

November 1   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Medical College of Wisconsin


Following up on the release of "Handcuffed", the Alzheimer's Challenging Behaviors Task Force met all year to identify barriers and best practices in responding to challenging behaviors.


Please join us on November 1 at the Medical College of Wisconsin for an interactive summit titled "We All Hold The Keys".  This is your opportunity to engage in task force advocacy and deepen your understanding of current key issues including Helen E.F. and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's State Plan process.


There is no cost to participate, but registration is limited. If you have questions or need more information contact Carrie Koss Vallejo at the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Inc







A Record Year of Need 
Alzheimer's Association Experiences Upswing in Annual Program Statistics

Our professional program staff of thirteen and a team of invaluable volunteers provided 33,711 points of service in 2011-2012. This reflects an 11% increase for this fiscal year compared to the last fiscal year.


Some areas of growth include nearly 70 Support Groups for family members, caregivers, and individuals with memory loss in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Over 600 meetings were held with 3,766 attendees. The total number of attendees is an 11% increase from last fiscal year. 


Our Information and Referral program, responded to 4,285 Helpline calls and/or in-person meetings during the year - a 3% increase from last fiscal year. Additionally, information and referral was provided to 4,262 individuals at health and community fairs.


Over 460 Education and Training programs, including conferences, seminars, trainings, workshops and professional in-services, were provided to 10,956 attendees, a 4% increase.


We simply could not respond to this increase in demand for services without the assistance of our donors, investors, community volunteers and business partners.  Thank You for helping us reach even more individuals during tough economic times!




Support The Alzheimer's Association Through Your Local Employee Giving Campaign Community Health Charities Logo
Have you participated in your organization's annual employee giving/payroll deduction campaign? If not, please consider designating the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter to receive your charitable gifts.  Through a modest periodic payroll deduction, you can provide an important cumulative gift to the Alzheimer's Association.  Our membership in Community Health Charities provides an efficient mechanism that consolidates and sends these contributions directly to us. These dollars are used locally to fund education and support programming in our community, along with research.

Caregiver Conferences - Coming Up in Your Community Caregiver

Fond du Lac County Caregiver Conference
Thursday, November 8
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The annual caregiver conference presented by the Alzheimer's Association and the Dementia Care Network of Fond du Lac County will be held a the Ramada Plaza, located at One North Main Street, in Fond du Lac.
Morning Keynote speaker, Greg Giles, CEO and Executive Director of the Fond du Lac YMCA, will boost caregivers will a motivational talk titled, "Take This Job and Love It!".  Morning and afternoon workshops, lunch and a community resource panel discussion round out the workshop activities.
Registration fee is $5 for family caregivers and $15 for professionals. Lunch is included with your registration.  Deadline to register is November 2.  For more information on how to register please contact Ginny at 920-838-1311.
Sheboygan County Caregiver Conference
Thursday, November 15
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join us at Acuity, 2800 South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan for the annual caregiver conference presented by the Alzheimer's Association and the Dementia Care Network of Sheboygan County.
Rev. Tom Fleischmann, MDIV., BCC Chaplaincy of the Ministry for Health Care Centers will deliver the morning keynote presentation, "Caring with Compassion". In the afternoon, Lynda Markut of the Alzheimer's Association will present "It Wasn't Supposed to be This Way: Finding Meaning in Caregiving".  Morning and afternoon workshops are also included, along with lunch, and a variety of exhibitors.
Registration fee is only $5.  Lunch is included with your registration.  Deadline to register is November 2.  For more information on how to register please contact Ginny at 920-838-1311.
Grant funds for both conferences may be available for assistance with respite care.  Please contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920-838-1311 for more information.





Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Classes 


Understanding Dementia

Early Stage

  • a three part workshop for family caregivers 
October 24, 31 and November 7
Community Memorial 
Medical Commons
W129 N7055 Northfield Drive - Menomonee Falls
Building A #302
Registration required - call 800.272.3900
The Savvy Caregiver  Caregiver

  • a 5 week course providing clinical-level training for family caregivers
  • $30 workshop fee includes caregiver manual and CD 

Every Monday from October 22 through November 19 from 

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association

620 S. 76th Street - Milwaukee

Registration required - contact Krista Scheel at 800.272.3900 






"I Remember Better When I Paint"  I Remember Better When I Paint
Documentary to Air on Milwaukee Public Television in November
In honor of November Caregivers Month, the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter, in partnership with the Hilgos Foundation has arranged for three airings on Milwaukee Public Television of the documentary "I Remember Better When I Paint."
This interesting film, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer's and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer's Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer's.
The film supports the working theory of our own Memories in the Making art program, so we are extremely proud to share this in-depth conversation with the general public.  The program will air in Southeastern Wisconsin at the following times:
Saturday, November 3 at 9am on Channel 36
Sunday, November 4 at 11pm on Channel 36
Tuesday, November 20 at 11pm on Channel 10  
This film was produced by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, and is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation.  We hope you will tune in or record one of the broadcasts for future viewing.  If you have questions about our local Memories in the Making program, please contact Nancy Armitage at


The Perfect Way to Honor Someone 

Memorial or Tribute Donation
A memorial or tribute gift to the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter is a wonderful way to honor or celebrate the memory of someone special in your life.
Memorial contributions can be conveniently directed to our organization either through your funeral home, by mail, or by calling our chapter office at 414.479.8800. Every contribution is special and will be graciously acknowledged.
Living tributes make very unique gifts, and are often used to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and special holidays.
Your generous gift will not only celebrate someone's life, but will also provide hope and support for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease.  For more information on arranging a memorial or tribute contribution, please contact our office at 414.479.8800.
Lake Geneva Cutie Turns Toy Sale Into Fundraiser 
Lillian Allen
Lillian Allen of Lake Geneva 

Kudos to Lillian Allen - a pint-sized princess with a heart! On the morning of Saturday, September 15, Lillian - who lives right across the street from Library Park in Lake Geneva - set out some of her gently used toys for sale at a family rummage.  She noticed that there was a big event being held in the park across the street, and asked her father what was going on. 
The event in question was our very own Walworth County Walk to End Alzheimer's!  When Lillian heard the news, this five year-old immediately got creative - and decided that she would donate the proceeds of her toy sale to the Alzheimer's Association.
Lillian proudly donated $23.25 to the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Proud papa, Thomas Allen, beamed at his daughter's efforts to pay it forward, and hoped that her actions marked the beginnings of a life long involvement in philanthropy and voluntarism.
Thank You Lillian - You Rock!  
Penelope Documentary - You Are Invited!  Penelope Documentary

Join the UWM Center on Community and Aging for the Milwaukee premiere of Penelope the documentary!


Monday, October 29

Lippold Faith & Education Center, Luther Manor
4545 N 92nd St  Wauwatosa 

5:00  Reception

5:30  Screening

6:30  Lively discussion with stars and creators of the project and film. 

A long term care center, a group of students, and a theatre troupe dare to raise the bar on bingo.  Can they produce a play inspired by the Odyssey?  Can we change how we think about the journey of aging in our own lives?  Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.  Reservations are required - seating is limited.

Click here to register online.





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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