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MAY, 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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Honor Someone You Love with a Gift that Multiplies!

May and June are busy months with Mothers and Fathers Days, and countless high school and college graduations.  Honor these special recipients in your life by making a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association Challenge Match!  All new and increased gifts to the Alzheimer's Association will be matched and doubled by a special group of friends up to a total of $200,000.


This unique gift will honor someone special in a way that no other traditional gift can.  Let them know that you are not only thinking of them, but do it in a way that shows you care about putting an end to Alzheimer's disease, and supporting those individuals who are currently living with it.


We've made it easy to donate through our secure Paytrace website.  You can make a lump sum gift, or you can have your gift 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 ~     
Peg and Jim Nugent
Peg and Jim Nugent at the 
2013 Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C.
Jim Nugent likes to talk about how he met his wife, Peg.  "I picked her up in church," Jim laughs.  That was many years ago, when the young couple both worked in the Washington D.C. area and met at a church service.  At that time, Peg was an intern for Congressman Zablocki and knew her way around Capitol Hill.  Jim was a corporate mover and shaker in the biomedical engineering world.
So, in some respects, it was really old home week, when this Southeastern Wisconsin couple came to Washington D.C. in April to talk to legislators about Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
And who better to be advocates for individuals with dementia than Peg and Jim Nugent. This  couple has traveled a long and frustrating 12 year journey seeking an answer to the question, "What is wrong with Jim?"  Read their story here.  
Treasure - A French Soirée and Arty Party    


Lavender and Lace
Lavender & Lace by
Laverne Jankovich

Tuesday, June 4  5:00 - 8:00 PM

The invitations are in the mail! We are a month away from Treasure, a French soirée and arty party at Cuvée Champagne Bar in Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee benefiting the Memories in the Making® program.  Tickets are only $75 and are available by calling Kendra at 414.479.8800 or emailing


In addition to great food - featuring chefs from Milwaukee Sail Loft, La Scala, La Merenda, Verduras Tea House & Café, plus much more - you will enjoy lively libations and have the chance to bid on incredible and unique artwork created by individuals living with Alzheimer's or dementia.  Nineteen of those pieces will be paired with works created by distinguished Wisconsin fine artists including Melissa Dorn Richards, Richard Taylor, and Jason Yi and Jenna Knapp.  


NEW in 2013 is a wearable art boutique - featuring one-of-a-kind creations!

Call Kendra today to secure your spot at this trendy event!


Very special Thanks to our event emcees -  Lee Ann Garrison, Executive Director, Peck School of the Arts' Design Research Institute and Art and Design Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Tom Strini, Senior Editor and Arts Critic, Third Coast Daily online cultural magazine. We also want to thank Alzheimer's Champion Frank Gimbel, Founding Partner, Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown, LLP, Attorneys at Law, for agreeing to be Treasure's guest auctioneer.


Read the Review of Treasure's gallery night preview, written by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel art and architecture critic Mary Louise Schumacher, in her Art City blog.


Watch  this short video created by local filmmaker Jaclyn Tyler and learn more about Memories in the Making and Treasure!


View  the beautiful and unique works of art that are professionally framed and will be auctioned at Treasure.


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!


This exquisite piece of blown glass (below) created by William E. Burke will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with our signature artwork, Lavender & Lace, pictured above. Mr. Burke has pursued his avocation in Murano Italy, Vail Colorado, Tucson Arizona and the renowned all-glass school at Pilchuck in the Pacific Northwest.  


Blown Glass
Blown Glass by William E. Burke 



2013 Longest Day  


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


Executive Director Tom Hlavacek has his Longest Day team signed you have yours?  The Longest Day is an endurance event on Friday, June 21st.  From sunrise to sunset, gather your friends and do something you love to make a difference. Whether it's biking as in Tom's case -  or running, walking, playing cards, swimming, cooking or swing dancing, the funds you raise will help to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's. 


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.  


Intrigued?  Contact Kendra Albers at 414.479.8800 or for information.

Spring into Walk! 
Walworth Walk Volunteers
The Walworth County WTEA crew 
invites you to Join the Fun 
in Lake Geneva


All committees are in session and the planning is underway for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's season!  Save the Date, register your team, or donate today! 



  WTEA Dates








Walk to End Alzheimer's sponsorships are Sara Graves - 414.479.8800 or for opportunities.








 Please visit the homepage for information on the walk nearest you!  




From Mad-Town to The Federal City  
Our Advocates Let Their Voices Be Heard in April
2013 Advocacy Forum
SE Wisconsin Advocates Storm The Hill 

Nearly 1000 Alzheimer's advocates from across the nation, including fifteen from Southeastern Wisconsin, stormed Washington D.C. in late April to lift their voices for millions of Americans at the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum.  The 2013 Forum's opening session, Winning the Fight: Celebrating 25 Years of Alzheimer's Advocacy, paid tribute to the past while rallying attendees to continue the momentum.


Several weeks earlier, nearly 55 advocates from the State of Wisconsin traveled to Madison to educate state legislators and policy makers about Alzheimer's disease, and the financial and emotional costs associated with the disease.


Congrats to both groups and Thanks for helping us create heightened awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias!



Southeastern Wisconsin Salutes Area Award Winners 
at the 27th Annual Wisconsin Network Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 
Conference Assembly
Our annual state conference which was held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, has officially wrapped up for yet another year.  This year's event convened with more than 800 individuals from all over the Midwest in attendance.  Attendees also came from as far as California, Florida and the East Coast.
The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter was honored that four individuals or groups from our service area received Outstanding Achievement Awards at this event.  Please join us in recognizing:
School Sisters of Notre Dame - 2013 Special Service Award 
Read Sr. Charlene's full account of receiving this honor on the School Sisters website.
School Sisters of Notre Dame
                                Marlene Rupnow - 2013 Courage Award
Marlene Rupnow
Cindy Lester - 2013 Outstanding Professional Award
Cindy Lester 
 Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County - 2013 Outstanding Organization  
ADRC Waukesha County 












Subaru MAY

That's AWESOME Mike Schlossmann! subaru logo
In the market for a new vehicle and want to support the Alzheimer's Association? Make sure to visit Subaru City of Milwaukee4640 S. 27th Street during the month of May.  Thanks to owner, Mike Schlossmann, Subaru City will donate $50 directly to the Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter for every new Subaru sold at the Milwaukee dealership.
This is a limited time offer that is only available during the month of May. Offer applies only to NEW Subaru vehicles.  Let's show Subaru City how much we appreciate their generosity!  Please steer friends, family and co-workers who are new car shopping to Subaru City of Milwaukee. 


"Caring For Yourself While Caring for An Older Adult"
Discussion Among Women in Waukesha County mom daughter

Join the Alzheimer's Association and learn more about the delicate balance of taking care of yourself while also caring for an elderly family member. The evening will feature a speaker,time to share and discuss with other women in the same position, and ample time to enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while networking. You'll leave refreshed and have valuable tips and resources!

Thursday, May 30 - 5:00-7:30p.m.
Western Lakes Golf ClubW287 N1963 Oakton Road - Pewaukee
Cost to attend is $25 per person.

Presented by: The Caregiver Connection 
Waukesha County Business Alliance, Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County 



We Have Joined 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. 
Connect to Barb's newest post at  
where she writes about her recent trip to the City by the Bay, and her walk down memory lane. 
Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Classes 


MusicSpeak!  The role of Music in Memory-Loss Care Music note

  • learn how the universal language of music can positively affect mood and behavior changes in this program sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Sheboygan County   
June 26
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1500 Douglas Drive. - Plymouth   

Registration required - contact Ginny at 920.838.1311 or
Living with Moderate Alzheimer's Disease         

  • a three part program for caregivers that addresses symptoms and care needs, relationship changes, safety concerns, preparing for an emergency, and respite care.

June 13, 20, 27 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee 

Registration required - contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800



Living with Alzheimer's Disease - Late Stage   Caregiver

  • a two session program offers caregivers the opportunity to learn about the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • offers information on providing care, communication, developing resources, working with a care team, and providing an optimal end-of-life experience.

Thursday, June 13 and 20  

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Dodge County Administration Building

127 S. Oak Street,  - Juneau


Registration required - contact Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920.728.4088 or 



Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

  • a general program suitable for everyone that gives a comprehensive overview of the disease, including a discussion on risk factors, research, treatments and steps to a proper diagnosis or assessment
Thursday, June 27
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph's Hospital
3200 Pleasant Valley Road - West Bend
Registration required - contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800 or

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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