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APRIL, 2013
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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Can You Spare some Java Each Week? A Smoothie Perhaps?

Think about it.  You probably won't even miss it.  Skipping one fancy cup of coffee, latte, espresso or any specialty beverage each week... you know,  the kind that costs you around 4 bucks, would free up a total of $20 each month or $240 a year.   That would be a very welcome donation to the Alzheimer's Association - and virtually painless on your budget too.


Well, the news gets better.  A group of friends who wanted to make a big difference have pledged to match and double new and increased gifts made to the Alzheimer's Association up to a total of $200,000. Now your gift can have twice the impact. 


That means your $20 monthly gift becomes $40.  Your $240 annual gift multiplies to $480.  

That's an amazing rate of return in itself - and it will make you feel great to know that your gift will help serve even more individuals living with Alzheimer's and their families.


We've made it easy to donate through our secure Paytrace website.  Your contribution can be debited daily, weekly, bi-monthly or monthly via credit card or checking account. Make A Donation Now!


Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~            
Sandy LaFave
Sandy (age 2) poses with her mother, Joyce Knicely and 
grandfather, Frank Straub 
Eighteen years after this photo was taken, Sandy, the little girl sitting on her mother's lap, would discover that her grandfather had Alzheimer's disease.  "Thankfully, I was old enough by then not to be traumatized by the fact that my grandfather didn't know me, but it was tough to try to understand," said Sandy.
Today, many years later, Sandy LaFave is still hoping for a world without Alzheimer's disease.  She has taken a proactive stance, and for the last seven years, has been a pivotal volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association. 
Read the personal story of this incredible dynamo, who not only manages a demanding professional career, but also spearheads a hugely successful Walk to End Alzheimer's employee campaign at Brookdale Senior Living's Milwaukee support office.  Oh, yes... and did we mention she is also the Chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Milwaukee County!
Stay Tuned for Treasure - A French Soirée and Arty Party    

Save the Date - June 4

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Dimensional Purse by 
Virginia Gourdoux

Plan to attend Treasure, a French soiree and arty party hosted at Cuvée Champagne Bar in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward on June 4th.  Treasure is a fundraising event that benefits the Alzheimer's Association and its signature art program, Memories In The Making®, a platform that encourages creative art expression for individuals with Alzheimer's disease. 


Invitations will be in the mail shortly but you can reserve your tickets today! Please contact Kendra Albers at 414.479.8800 or to ensure your name is on the invite list or to reserve your ticket.  Tickets are $75.  


Great sponsorship opportunities still remain...benefits include (depending on level) - event tickets, recognition in event booklet, website presences and more!  Visit Sponsorship Opportunities  to view the levels and benefits. 


This year's event will also showcase a wearable art boutique, named the "Ooh La La Boutique",

Facets Fashion
FACETS Fashion will participate in Ooh La La Boutique

featuring one of a kind creations.  If anyone knows a wearable artist who might want to contribute to our boutique, they may contact Nancy Armitage at the Alzheimer's Association, 414-479-8800 or


Like Treasure on Facebook and stay up to date on the art, and the glitz and glam this event is generating within the art community!


See the Memories in the Making art that will be professionally framed and auctioned at Treasure here







Get Ready for Gallery Night and Day - April 19 & 20  Gallery Night and Day

Join us for April Gallery Night and Day and be treated to a
preview of both the fine art and the Memories in the Making artwork to be auctioned at Treasure on June 4.  
This very special two-day event is scheduled for Friday, April 19 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and will be held at St. Johns on the Lake, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., on Milwaukee's fashionable east side. 
2012 WAMI Award winner and local country music artist, Nora Collins, will again join us to entertain on Friday evening. Hope to see you there!



Spring into Walk! 
Enjoying Walk to End Alzheimer's in Sheboygan County at Sports Core,  Kohler

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and start walking! Speaking of walking, the Walk to End Alzheimer's is starting to take shape and we want YOU to walk with us! Websites are live for our 7 events across Southeastern Wisconsin ranging in dates from September 14th - October 5th!  Please visit the homepage for information on the walk nearest you!  


If you are interested in volunteering or joining an event committee, please email or call 414.479.8800!


April is Financial Literacy Month Financial Literacy Month
The long term costs of caring for an individual with Alzheimer's can be significant. Creating a financial plan can help you identify potential resources and assistance before you need it.  During the month of April, please take time to use these tools, provided free of cost, to put a financial plan in place for you and those you care for.  

Access a free e-learning workshop on Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's disease here

Learn more about planning ahead by visiting the online Caregiver Center's section on legal and financial planning here


The Alzheimer's Association also offers a two-part Legal and Financial Planning workshop. Details of our next scheduled events are below:


Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's

Wednesday, May 1 and June 5 - 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Aging & Disability Resource Center

50 N. Portland Street - Fond du Lac

To register contact: Ginny Nyhuis at or 920.838.1311


Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's

Tuesday, May 14 and 21 - 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee

To register contact: Krista Scheel at or 414.479.8800


You may also call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 for assistance in answering questions and guiding you to appropriate resources on financial and legal matters.



Wisconsin Advocacy Day Rescheduled to April 16
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Let Your Voice Be Heard !


Our March Advocacy Day was snowed out, and has now been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 16.  Please join us!
The number of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia is on the rise.  So it is more important than ever that our Wisconsin state legislators hear about the growing Alzheimer's epidemic!


Join us on Wisconsin Advocacy Day, April 16, and become educated about the issues, learn new skills, network with fellow advocates and take our message to the State Capitol. 


Location:    Capitol Lakes Retirement Center  
                  333 W. Main Street - Madison
9:30 a.m. -  Advocate Training
11:30 a.m. - Lunch (provided)
12:15 p.m. - Legislative Visits


Attendees will be responsible for transportation to Madison.  If you are looking for a car pool or are available to drive, please let us know when you register.  Registration is due by Friday, April 12.  To register contact Paul Golueke at 800.272.3900 or
2013 Facts and Figures Report Recently Released
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 The 2013 Alzheimer's Association Facts and Figures report, released on March 19, underscored some important themes and revealed some new information.  According to the new report, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia in the United States. The new report shows that while deaths from other major diseases, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke, continue to experience significant declines, Alzheimer's deaths continue to rise - increasing 68 percent from 2000-2010. 

The report also reinforced that 
Alzheimer's and dementia place an enormous burden on individuals and families. In 2012, there were more than 15 million caregivers who provided more than 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $216 billion. The burden on the nation's health care system and government programs is also enormous. The report revealed the total payments for health and long-term care services for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias will total $203 billion in 2013, the lion's share of which will be borne by Medicare and Medicaid with combined costs of $142 billion. Despite these staggering figures today, by 2050 total costs will increase 500 % to $1.2 trillion.  
Visit our website to read the full report, including a special section outlining the increased challenges for long-distance caregivers.


2013 Longest Day  


Join us on the Longest Day of the Year - Friday, June 21


Sign up to participate in The Longest Day, to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's disease. From sunrise to sunset, gather your friends and do something you love to make a difference. Whether it's biking, running, walking, playing cards, swimming or swing dancing, the funds you raise will help to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.


For people facing Alzheimer's disease, this challenge is every day. For you, it's just one. Sign up now to show that you're in it until Alzheimer's is finished. 


 For more information, please contact Kendra Albers at 414.479.8800 or


Recognizing Memory Changes in Congregation Members

The Alzheimer's Association, in partnership with the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI), will present a program on Sunday, April 28 designed to help those individuals in the faith community understand and support members of their congregations who may be living with dementia, or may be caring for someone with dementia.  
Special guest speakers, Gina Green Harris of WAI, and Gail Morgan of the Alzheimer's Association will discuss these important topics:
  • Alzheimer's disease and dementia - What is it?
  • Warning signs - What to watch for
  • Ideas for becoming a strong and understanding support system within the faith community  
The program is free and will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th Street, in Milwaukee from Noon - 2:00 p.m. and is open to all community members.  To register, please contact the church at 414-377-1600.
Caring: It's Not The Hard Part of Caregiving Caregiver Hands
Join Us for a Free Evening of Information and Inspiration 
for Family Caregivers

The Alzheimer's Association, in collaboration with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Wisconsin and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, will host several free evening programs for caregivers during the month of April.  Please join us for a complimentary dinner and learn from the some of the industry's experts about the tips and techniques for taking care of yourself and the individual you care for.  
Tuesday, April 16  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Four Points Sheraton - Milwaukee North
8900 N. Kildeer Court - Brown Deer
Register by Friday, April 12
Tuesday, April 30  5:00-8:00 p.m.
Brookfield Suites
1200 S. Moorland Road - Brookfield
Register by Tuesday, April 23
(Guest Speakers for Milwaukee and Brookfield events: Dr. Piero Antuono, Professor of Neurology and Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, and Dr. Alison Minkin, psychologist at the Zablocki VA Medical Center)
Monday, April 15  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Racine Marriott
7111 Washington Avenue - Racine
Register by Wednesday, April 10

Monday, April 29  5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Parkway Chateau (at the Brat Stop)
12304 75th Street - Kenosha
Register by Friday, April 19

(Guest Speakers for Racine and Kenosha events: Lynda Markut, Education and Family Support Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association and Dr. Michelle Braun, board-certified neuropsychologist at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints.)
Registration is first come, first served, until event is filled.  Please contact Krista Scheel at the Alzheimer's Association at 414.479.8800 or to register.
We are Joining the Blog-o-sphere!

We've created an official blog for the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter, which you will 
now be able to link to through our website at
Also joining us on our official blog-spot will be Barbara Cheek Johnson, 
Barb's Buzz
Barbara Cheek Johnson 
a journalist living with early stage Alzheimer's disease, who has been writing regular posts through her blog, Barb's Buzz, that describe her thoughts about Alzheimer's  disease and her experiences. 
Our new blog will eventually feature posts from other bloggers, including chapter staff.  The blog format will allow readers to have a more interactive experience with the bloggers, through the posting of judicious comments and questions.
and read Barb's newest post,  "It's Not Easy But We Can Nab It", thoughts
inspired by Kermit the Frog. 
Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Classes 


Understanding Dementia

Early Stage

  • a three part workshop for family caregivers 
May 1, 8, and 15
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Aurora West Allis
8901 West Lincoln Ave. - West Allis  

Registration required - Call Aurora at 888.863.5502 or register online at
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's     

  • a two part program designed to help those affected with dementia, their care partners and family members to better understand the legal and financial issues that may impact them  

May 1 and June 5  

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Aging and Disability Resource Center

50 N. Portland Street - Fond du Lac 

Registration required - contact Ginny Nyhuis at or 920.838.1311


May 14 and 21 

4:00-6:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee

To register contact: Krista Scheel at or 414.479.8800


The Savvy Caregiver  Caregiver

  • a 6 week course providing clinical-level training for family caregivers
  • $30 workshop fee includes caregiver manual and CD 

Every Thursday from May 2 through June 6 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 620 - Milwaukee


Registration required - contact Krista Scheel at 414.479.8800 




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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