Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community – family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more — in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help each participant reach their fundraising goal.
When you participate, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission-related initiatives of care, support and research. In addition, your actions, both through fundraising and participating in the event, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. At a Walk event, you can learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the support programs and services offered by your local chapter. You will also have unique opportunities to get involved with the cause through advocacy initiatives and clinical trial enrollment. These experiences, in addition to other on-site opportunities, help each participant connect to their reason for walking.

Take the first step to a world without Alzheimer’s by signing up for the Walk in Lakeland on November 3, 2012.

To learn more contact Katie Hood  (

Caring for people with mild-stage dementia

The confusion of dementia can strike close to home — literally. People with late mild-stage dementia have been known to walk into their kitchens of 30 years and say, “You have a lovely place!” or, “Where are we?” At this stage of dementia, the mistake tends to be fleeting. Your loved one may even be aware that something isn’t right — and feel frightened by that.

Confusion is especially common if the person has relocated within the past several years. How to respond: with good cheer and agreement. Don’t make an issue of it or challenge, such as, “Don’t you recognize your own house?” Your goal should always be to keep things on an even keel, emotionally.