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JULY, 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.


Register Now for the Walk to End Alzheimer's  
Do a Little Big Thing!
Dr. Sullivan - West Bend
Join Dr. Larry Sullivan, Honorary Chair of the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Washington County on Saturday, September 21 
It starts with something little, like taking a first step. And then another, and another. And if you do it, and your friends do it, and their friends do it, soon we'll be walking our way to Awareness and Support, and an END to Alzheimer's disease.  And that would be big!
Now is the time to grab your friends, your family, and your co-workers and start a team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in your community.  Everyone is at risk for Alzheimer's.  Everyone can be part of the solution.

Visit our website to register today!

WTEA Dates
Walworth County Walk crew
Join Walworth County Chairs Andy Kerwin and Sonja Akright and their entire crew on September 21 in Lake Geneva 
Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~            
Chester Cieslak
Chester Cieslak
Shirley Sternig became concerned when her once strong, and independent father, Chester Cieslak, started getting lost and forgetting simple information. 
His memory loss progressed and in 1996, Chester was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.  At that time, the family didn't know anything about the Alzheimer's Association or the care and support programs that were available to help families navigate the Alzheimer's journey.
Chester's Cheetahs 
In fact, Shirley first discovered the Alzheimer's Association after seeing a flyer for the 1999 "Memory Walk" that was posted in her community.  She and her twin-sister Sheryl decided to participate in the Walk that year. Fourteen years and several pairs of walking shoes later, Shirley, Sheryl and the entire Cieslak clan have made the Walk to End Alzheimer's a virtual family reunion, raising nearly $51,000 in their journey.    Read the story of Chester's Cheetah's here. 

Join us for a Women's Garden Party in Port Washington!

Wear your Tiara and join us in the Garden!


You are invited to attend the 5th tri-annual Women's Garden Party, Saturday, July 27th from 12:00 pm. to 3:00pm at the home of Allyson Meredith Olivier, 802 Hales Trail, Port Washington, WI 53074.


This year's party will be in memory of Allyson's mom, Patricia Arvan, who passed away from complications of Alzheimer's.  There is no charge for this event-just big girls having fun!  Guests are asked to consider bringing a $20.00 donation with them to support the Alzheimer's Association's special program supporting those with early stage Alzheimer's.  Those who contribute $50.00 or more will receive a special memento to take home with them.  Every donation will be doubled through our Challenge Match for Alzheimer's Support.  


Expect great food, music, dancing and FUN FUN FUN!  


Tiara Party Elvis
Special Appearance by 
John Van Thiel of Racine  
aka Elvis!

Did we mention Cabana Boys will be on hand to serve you?  


Enjoy silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Silent auction items include: margarita basket, dinner for two at Newport Shores in Port Washington, decadent chocolate basket, wine basket, and more. Get ready to get your hips moving, Elvis is in the house! Enjoy nationally recognized singer and Elvis impersonator, John Van Thiel. 


All women are asked to wear a Tiara and there will be a be a lovely prize for the tiara voted the GRANDEST--You can buy one, make one, borrow one, or dust off the one in your attic.


This is a unique event meant to provide joy for one afternoon.  Make sure to invite friends and loved ones to join you because it's a party you won't soon forget.


Contact Allyson Olivier at 262-284-1054 or 262-385-1129, or email to for details or to RSVP by July 19th.


Like the Women's Garden Tiara Party on Facebook - and keep track of all the cool things that are happening!



Memory Cafe Comes to Southeastern Wisconsin 
memory Cafe
A Memory Cafe is a casual social meeting venue for individuals with progressive memory or cognitive impairment and their caregivers, family and friends. It is an opportunity to provide information, resources and fellowship.

The Memory Cafe concept originated in England and has been expanding across the world. The first Memory Cafe in our area met on June 11th at Panera Bread in the Ruby Isle shopping center in Brookfield.  The group was organized by Harlan Mueller, and will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 3pm at Panera's Brookfield location.

All individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's and their care partners are invited to attend.  No registration is required.  Join us to share a few laughs and form friendships in a safe, judge free environment.

For more information please contact Wendy Betley at 414.479.8800.



Barb's Got the Buzz - Memory Cafe Review
Barb's Buzz
Barbara Cheek Johnson

In her newest blogpost, Barbara Cheek Johnson, a journalist living with early stage Alzheimer's disease, reviews the new memory cafe in Southeastern Wisconsin. 
Connect to Barb's newest post at  
to hear about her 4-star experience!

Harrington Open - Golfing for a World Without Alzheimer's

Golfers at last year's Harrington Open

August 10th marks the date of the fourth annual Harrington Open at the Eagle Springs Golf Resort at 9:30 a.m. With an 18 hole scramble format and shotgun start, participants will enjoy carts, lunch, raffle, and prizes. 


Tim Harrington, Jr. and his brother Rob founded the event in honor of their father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and passed away in 2009. Tim Harrington Sr. could often be found at the resort with friends and family and was an excellent golfer, father, and husband. Now, the Harrington Open raises funds and awareness in honor of Tim, Sr. in a fun setting that anyone can enjoy. 


Have a great time and do good by participating in the event by becoming a hole sponsor, donating raffle prizes, donating cash prizes for holes or donating directly to the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin. Let's beat last year's record of $13,000!


Secure your spot by July 26th and place your reservation by phone call to Tim Harrington at 414.430.0623 or Eagle Springs at 262.594.2462. You can also mail the registration form found here to Tim Harrington at 546 N 62nd Street in Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Visit the official Harrington Open site here to learn more about this exciting event. 


Alzheimer's Faith Luncheon

The Alzheimer's Association, in partnership with the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, held a Faith Luncheon on June 6th at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Milwaukee.  The event was a great success. Ninety-five individuals participated in a discussion about Alzheimer's disease and knowing the 10 signs, led by keynote speaker Gina Green-Harris.  
This was our second Faith Luncheon, and we couldn't be more excited about the great turnout!


For more information on how to become connected with Alzheimer's initiatives within the African American community in Milwaukee, contact Gail Morgan at 414.479.8800.


Memories in the Making - A Hit at Clinton Rose
MIM at Clinton Rose
(left) Clinton Rose senior artist talks to Nancy Armitage, MIM Coordinator

On Thursday, June 13th the Alzheimer's Association held it's first Memories in the Making Art Showcase in the African American community.  The event featured the works of 15 senior artists from the Clinton Rose Senior Center.
Participants enjoyed a short program, with refreshments generously provided by AceraCare Hospice.  Memories in the Making coordinator, Nancy Armitage, also educated the group on the tenants of Memories in the Making and the value the program adds to the lives of individuals with Alzheimer's and their care partners.
Community based Memories in the Making art programs were held at Clinton Rose in March, April and May, culminating with the June showcase.  For more information on the Memories in the Making program, please contact Nancy Armitage at 414.479.8800.


Carefree Cafe & MusicSpeak! 
A Successful Combo in Sheboygan County 
Vocalist Michelle LaPaglia shares the power of music at MusicSpeak!

The 2010 Family Caregiver Assessment done by the Caregivers Coalition in Sheboygan County revealed that many caregivers grieve the loss of participating in social activities with their loved one. Going out to eat or having a safe, comfortable place in the community reduces isolation, enriches quality of life and strengthens personal relationships. 


The first Carefree Café was held in June. More than 70 caregivers, care recipients, family and friends came to Generations in Plymouth to share fun, fellowship and laughter, free from awkwardness and stigma.  The program for the evening was MusicSpeak!, an interactive Alzheimer's Association sing-a-long program that featured the talents of pianist and vocalist,  Michelle LaPaglia.  The Generations Chef provided a tasty, nourishing hot meal, which was served by grandchildren of our partnering agencies. A good time was had by all.


Six different community agencies partnered to make this event possible.




Challenge Match Banner


Yes Virginia....... We will MATCH that Donation!

2013 is a great year to get more mileage from your charitable donation to the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.   Through our Challenge Match, every new and increased gift will be matched by a special group of friends up to a total of $200,000.


Do a Little Big Thing and show you care about putting an end to Alzheimer's disease, and supporting those individuals who are currently living with it, by making your donation today.  


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!


Coming Up - Alzheimer's Association Classes 


Take Care - Caregiving is Hard Work

  • a program about why caregiving is hard work, the affects of caregiving, the stress of caring, and how to focus on living as a caregiver 
July 25, 2013
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
St. Joseph's Hospital
3200 Pleasant Valley Rd. - West Bend   

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

Wednesday, July 31 and August 7

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Aging and Disability Resource Center

50 N. Portland Street  - Fond du Lac


Registration required - contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311



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

Every Thursday from July 25 through August 29 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Aurora Sinai Medical Center

960 N. 12th Street - Milwaukee


Registration required - contact Krista Scheel at 414.479.8800 


Legal and Financial Planning For Alzheimer's Disease

  • a two part program designed to help those affected by dementia, their are partners, and family members to better understand the legal and financial issues that my impact them. 

Tuesday, August 6, 13 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Alzheimer's Association 

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee


Registration required - contact Krista Scheel  at 414.479.8800

Understanding Dementia
  • a three session program for friends and family members of those experiencing memory related issues or a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease 
  • offers general information about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia as well as how to better communicate and manage challenging behaviors 
Tuesday, August 6, 13, 20
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Froedtert Health - St. Joseph's Hospital
3200 Pleasant Valley Road - West Bend

Registration Required - contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800 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

Tuesday, August 13, 20, 27 

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Family Enrichment Center 

885 Badger Circle, Room E - Grafton 


Registration required - contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311 or


Living with Alzheimer's Disease - Early StageEarly Stage

  • a three part program geared for individuals living with early stage Alzheimer's disease and their care partners
Monday, July 29, August 5 and 12
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waupun Library
123 S. Forest Street - Waupun
Registration required - contact Ginny Nyhuis at 920.838.1311 or Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920.728.4088
Thursday, August 15, 22, 29 
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Assocation

620 S. 76th Street, Suite 160 - Milwaukee 


Registration required - contact Wendy Betley 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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