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OCT. 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.


 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Breaking News!

Thank You for Helping Us Raise Over
                                  in 7 Southeastern Wisconsin Walks!  
Image Credit: Michael McLoone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WOO HOO!  A celebration is in order! This was a banner year for successful Walk to End Alzheimer's events in Southeastern Wisconsin - so please give yourselves a round of applause!  Because, frankly - YOU are the secret to our success!

 Snaphots of Success 

Waukesha County - $105,000 and GROWING

Walworth County - $104,000 and GROWING

                         Washington County - $61,000 and GROWING
                         Sheboygan County -  $72,000 and GROWING

                         Kenosha/Racine Counties - $57,0000 and GROWING

                         Fond du Lac County - $39,000 and GROWING

                         Milwaukee County - $437,000 and GROWING 
These totals, which include Jim Prugh match dollars,  are growing daily as our supporters continue to raise and turn in money.  If you haven't had a chance to make a contribution, or support a friend, family member or co-worker, you can still DONATE.  
Our Walk website will be live through November 30 to take your contributions via credit card.  Or you can call the Alzheimer's Association at 414.479.8800 to arrange for a donation of cash or check too. 
We can't let up, we need to keep fighting. Together, we are an unstoppable force, and we will end Alzheimer's! We are battling for better lives for the millions impacted - we are waging this war for you, your families, and your future! Join us!

Record Breaking Achievements - Congrats to All! 
Brookdale Senior Living, Milwaukee Support Office Team

Our success in Southeastern Wisconsin is due to each individual walker in hundreds of communities that we serve in our eleven county service area!  When we put the power of your time and talents together, we reach some incredible milestones.
  • Nearly 7000 Participants in eleven counties helped us raise more than $875,000!
  • Every Walk to End Alzheimer's Met or Exceeded Goal!
  • Brookdale Senior Living, Milwaukee Support Office is the #1 Fundraising team in the Nation! 
  • Walk to End Alzheimer's - Milwaukee County is the 15th largest fundraising walk in the Nation!
Today's Courage, Tomorrow's Hope
~Stories from the Alzheimer's Journey ~     
This month we're putting the spotlight on a few short "sister and brother act" stories that we found at the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Debbie Sims and Dawn Dykstra
(left) Debbie Sims and
Dawn Dykstra, sisters and amazing cookie bakers

If you've ever attended the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Walworth County, you've probably eaten a delicious chocolate chip cookie baked by these two sisters. Debbie Sims and Dawn Dystra and their families have supported the Walk since it's beginning through Team Donna Mae. Debbie and Dawn's mother, Donna Mae Cotter, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004 and just passed away in June of this year.  Donna Mae loved to bake, so to honor their mother, the sisters made a commitment to baking and donating over 8,500 delicious chocolate chip cookies that have been served at the Walworth County Walk for the last seven years. 


Team Fore Patti

(left) John and Jim Holmes, brothers and avid golfers

Immediately after the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Sheboygan County, team Fore Patti sent out this cute email to their supporters:  


THANK YOU!!!  Dear Friends & Family!


For your very generous support of team FORE PATTI

In the Walk to END ALZHEIMER'S on September 28th 2013.


With your amazing help - our team was one of the top 5 contributors in Sheboygan County's walk!  And Jim & John not only walked the WALK to the END, this past Saturday,but they were able to play a round of golf before & after!


Thank you most sincerely with much love and gratitude,

Jim, Patti, John, Brenda & Amy



A Very Special Thank You to Our Generous 
Walk to End Alzheimer's Sponsors

We are extremely grateful to each and every one of our generous sponsors at all levels for their support of the Walk to End Alzheimer's! 
 We simply couldn't do this without YOU!
We would like to recognize the following organizations who contributed sponsorship support at the highest levels:

Star Sponsor - The Cordon Family Foundation

Ambler Sponsors - In Memory of Virginia A. Meyer
                                    Brookdale Senior Living
                                    ProHealth Care 


Saluting Walk to End Alzheimer's Platinum Media Partners 
96.5 WKLH 
Carole Caine (right) greets one of our MIlwaukee walkers

We are delighted that for the second year, Carole Caineco-host of the Dave & Carole morning radio show on 96.5 WKLH served as our emcee at the Milwaukee Walk at Mount Mary University on October 5.  In addition to bringing her enthusiasm and energy to our stage, Carole explained to nearly 3000 walkers that she too had a personal stake in ending Alzheimer's.  Carole shared that one of her friends had succumbed to Alzheimer's in his early fifties, and that one of her best High School friends, now in her early fifties, was currently struggling with the disease.
(left) WKLH promo staffers Charles Randolph and Alyssa Russo 
To add to the fun, WKLH staffers were also on hand to pass out promotional giveaways from the Dave & Carole show.  Walkers could also sign-up to win tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Encore and Final Performance of The Lost Christmas Eve at the Bradley Center in December. 



Thanks to everyone at WKLH for making the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Milwaukee County an event to remember!




Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Image credit: Michael McLoone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



The Alzheimer's Association would like to thank the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for being a strong media partner for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.


This year we were very fortunate and grateful that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provided coverage of our Saturday morning event.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Michael McLoone captured the spirit of the Walk to End Alzheimer's event in Milwaukee County perfectly and with sensitivity.  His images portray a wide range of emotions - from heartbreak to the strong and joyful determination to conquer this disease.

Image credit: Michael McLoone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel



You can see the entire photo gallery at 








Simply PHOTO-rific
A Waukesha County Walk team stops to get "snapped"

We've got some great shots from our local Walks that we're sure you're dying to see!  Right now, photos from many of our Walks have been posted in albums on our Walk to End Alzheimer's - Southeastern Wisconsin Facebook Page.  Photos from additional walks will be posted in the next few weeks.  

We invite you to visit our Facebook page and "like" us, so that you will not only get to view all the great photos from your Walk, but will also continue to receive posts and photos from the Walk to End Alzheimer's throughout the season.
Barb's Got the Buzz - Walking with a Purpose
Barb's Buzz
Barbara Cheek Johnson

Barbara Cheek Johnson, a journalist living with early stage Alzheimer's disease, shares her thoughts about raising the blue flower at the Walk to End Alzheimer's and representing more than 5 million Americans that are living with the disease. 
Read Barb's newest post at  


4th Annual Harrington Open Raises Over $22,000!
Local Family Wages War on Alzheimer's with Golf Clubs 
Harrington Family at the 4th Annual Harrington Open

The Harrington clan fondly refers to their annual family-run golf outing as Golfing for a World without Alzheimer's.  This year's event, which took place on August 10th at Eagle Springs Resort, shattered the $15,000 goal the family had initially set for the fundraiser several months before.

The event was started in 2010 by Tim, Rob, Lisa and Marion (PeeWee) Harrington as a way to commemorate the life of their beloved father, husband, and friend, Tim Harrington, Sr. who struggled with Alzheimer's.  "Rob and I realized we couldn't have our dad back," said Tim, "but through this golf outing I knew we could rekindle memories of the many good years we had and enjoyed.  It was also a great way for Rob and me to do our small part to make sure that the generations ahead don't have to experience the trials, frustrations and heartbreak that Alzheimer's disease brings."  

Over the last four years, the Harrington Open has raised more than $50,000 for Alzheimer's research, and to provide care and support for those living with Alzheimer's in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Read the Harrington Family story here








October is National Hispanic Heritage Month 
banner artwork copyright 2013 Lucia Lozano

During the month of October, the Alzheimer's Association puts the spotlight on National Hispanic Heritage Month. Latinos are statistically 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than Caucasians, and exhibit symptoms seven years earlier. They face increased risk of an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis due to higher rates of cardiovascular disease and higher stress levels in a caregiving role. Education, awareness and communication is vital to help those affected by this disease. 


The Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter has focused significant outreach efforts to the Hispanic community through a program called Cuidando con Respeto, a culturally and linguistically competent training for Latino caregivers The program is funded by a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.      

For more information about Cuidando con Respeto, or other services available in the Hispanic community, please contact Virginia Zerpa at 414.431.8811  


Join Us For Gallery Night and Day- Oct. 18 and 19

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night is back, and we guarantee you will enjoy the show that will be presented at Translator in Milwaukee's Third Ward. The display will showcase the artwork of three Memories in the Making artists, Ken Reilly, Elaine Martin-Whiting and Laverne Jankovich. Each of these artists have participated in the Memories in the Making program.


Ken, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at 59, was the signature artist of our Treasure fund raiser in 2012. While his stories were often limited to one or two sentences, they almost all relate to his family and the beauty of nature.


Elaine is a woman of substance. Her biography talks about her focus on helping others and her deep spirituality. She was not formally trained, but exemplifies an incredible gift in her perspective and composition.


Laverne was Treasure 2013's signature artist. Like many of her generation, she concentrated her efforts on her family and community. Only in these last few years has a natural ability for painting emerged.


The show will be on display Friday, Oct. 18 from 5:00 - 9:00pm and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10:00am - 3:00pm.  Translator is located at 415 E. Menomonee Ave. in Milwaukee.


Meet Mary Finley - Our New Outreach Coordinator in Kenosha and Racine Counties
You are cordially invited to attend a Meet & Greet reception for Mary Finley, our new outreach coordinator in Kenosha and Racine Counties.  

Events will be held on Friday, October 18 from 3:00-5:00pm at Educator's Credit Union, Education Center, 3rd floor Conference Room, 1410 N. Newman Road in Racine and on Monday, October 28 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, in Kenosha. Enter Door D on Southeast side of building.

Please join us to meet Mary, other Association staff, and enjoy refreshments.  Please RSVP to Deborah at 414.479.8800 by October 16 for the Racine event and by October 25 for the Kenosha event.

Coming Up in November 
Conferences and Programs for Family Caregivers and Professionals
Fond du Lac County Caregiver Conference
Thursday, November 14  8:30am - 3:30pm
Retlaw Plaza - One N. Main St. - Fond du Lac
Join us for "The More You Know: A Day of Education and Support for Those Who Care" hosted by the Dementia Care Network of Fond du Lac County and the Alzheimer's Association.  Our keynote speaker will be Charles Schoenfeld, who after retiring from UPS at age 56, became a CNA providing care to persons with dementia.  Workshops will include a separate track for family caregivers and professional caregivers.  There will be a nominal registration fee of $5 for family caregivers, and $15 for professional caregivers to attend this full day presentation.
For more information or to receive a registration form, please contact Ginny Nyhuis at or 920.838.1311.
Balancing Respecting and Protecting Those in Our Care
Friday, November 15  8:30 - 11:30am
Brookfield Suites - 1200 S. Moorland Rd. - Brookfield  
It is difficult to know when to step in and protect versus stepping back and allowing individuals to be in charge of their own decisions.  Viki Kind, a clinical bioethicist and medical educator, will guide participants through the challenges they face by providing a practical approach centered around integrity, compassion, and improving end-of-life care through better communication.
This program is open to both professional and family caregivers. Registration fee is $30 and includes an attendance certificate, breakfast, and materials.  For information about registration, including an special accomodations needed, please contact Deborah Klement at 414.479.8800 or

Sheboygan County Caregiver Conference
Thursday, November 21  9:00am - 3:30pm
Acuity - 2800 S. Taylor Dr. - Sheboygan

The Alzheimer's Association in partnership with the Dementia Care Network of Sheboygan County invite you to attend an educational event themed "Forget-Me-Not!" that is designed for both the family and professional caregiver.  Keynote speakers will include Dr. Diane Mosnik, Neuropsychologist, ProHealth Care at Waukesha Memorial Hospital who will talk about different types of dementias, and Greg Giles, CEO and Executive Director of the Fond du Lac YMCA who will impart hope and inspiration through his presentation, "Take This Job and Love It!"

New at the conference this year, will be the presentation of a Caregiver Award.  This award will be presented to a deserving person who gives of their own time, talents and energy to help an older adult in their lives.  Nominations are currently being accepted, and are welcomed from all community members.

There will be a nominal registration fee of $5 before November 7th, or $10 after that date.  For more conference information or to receive a registration form, or a Caregiver Award nomination form, please contact Ginny Nyhuis at or 920.838.1311.


28th Annual WI Network Conference on Alzheimer's 
Call For Workshop Proposals - Deadline October 30
Mark your calendars now for our annual conference on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias which will be held May 18-20, 2014 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.  This premiere educational forum attracts more than 800 professional and family caregivers from across Wisconsin and the Midwest and is recognized as one of the largest state conferences in the United States dedicated to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Proposals for conference workshops are now being accepted and must be submitted by Wednesday, October 30.  To receive a proposal guide and submission form, or to receive further information, please contact the conference planner, 
Kathy Davies, at or 715.869.2667.

4th Annual Shopping for a Cause 
Thursday, November 7  4:00 - 8:00pm
Heritage West Allis - 7901 West National Ave. - West Allis 
Heritage West Allis presents it's annual "Ladies Night Out" and you're invited! Your $10 donation lets you in on all the fun, and is a benefit for the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. The fun includes beer and wine tasting, complimentary massages, a silent auction, door and raffle prizes, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.
Oh - and did we mention shopping?  Start or complete your holiday shopping with unique gifts presented by more than 25 diverse vendors including Discovery Toys, Lia Sophia, Miche Bag, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Pashmina Scarves, Jamberry Nails, and Thirty One (31).
For more information on the event, please call 414.302.9700.  Click here to see a complete list of vendors and informational flyer. 

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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