Archive | June, 2017

Why I Walk Wednesday with Pat Davis

28 Jun

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Once again our team is supporting the Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 7, 2017. As many of you know we have moved Mother to an Assisted Living/Memory Care Facility here in Virginia.  We walk to honor Mother as well as reclaim the future for millions of others.

I am so proud of Mother for her courage and positive attitude as she navigates this journey on uncharted waters. She continues to encourage those around her, participate in activities, and she still loves to sing. One lady said to her, “I do not know why I am here.” Mother’s answer was “Maybe this is where God wants you to be right now.” She then gave the lady a big hug.

Putting puzzles together has become one of her favorite activities and it is so good for her. My sister Kathy and I feel so blessed to have her close by. Even when she may not be sure who we are, she always enjoys a visit from family and friends. She also loves getting mail.

We are committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care, and support. This is why we walk.

Peninsula Walk
Pat Davis, Team Captain
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A Day for Caregivers

23 Jun
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A Day for Caregivers- Franklin

Thank you to all those who attended A Day for Caregivers in Hampton and Franklin this week! Over 100 attendees in Hampton and 50 attendees in Franklin engaged in conference sessions to gain practical skills they can apply in their caregiving roles. The conference started out with an overview of dementia presented in Hampton by Dr. Adel Aziz, MD, of Riverside Neurology Specialists, and in Franklin by Amanda Kubin, PA, Sentara Neurology Specialists. Mary Ann Toboz, Executive Director of Tidewater Arts Outreach, then presented a music and arts workshop to teach participants achievable methods for delivering a variety of arts experiences that can be adapted for home or group settings. She had everyone up and singing! The latest in Alzheimer’s disease research was then presented by Dr. Hamid Okhravi, MD, of Eastern Virginia Medical School. Lori Hasty, GCNS-BC, presented our final workshop of the day on Validation Therapy which focuses on empathy and provides a means for Alzheimer’s patients to communicate. During breaks, Dr. Paul Aravich, Eastern Virginia Medical School, provided a brain demonstration to attendees.

A Day for Caregivers Conference is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Camp Family Foundation, Franklin Southampton Charities, and the J.L. Camp Foundation.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sally McClatchy

20 Jun

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Sally McClatchy is an extraordinary volunteer for the Southeastern Virginia Chapter. Sally serves as a co-facilitator our Norfolk Peers & Partners early stage support groups, an office volunteer, a community educator. Sally regularly shares with staff and fellow volunteers that her work with the Alzheimer’s Association is her passion and she loves to be a volunteer.

Sally is a nurse by training, having received her BSN in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and her MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University. She also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her career, Sally served as an emergency room nurse and taught at the School of Nursing at DePaul Hospital. During the latter part of her career, Sally focused her work on health care quality assurance.

The Chapter is certainly very grateful to have such a talented, caring volunteer like Sally on our team!

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Findings for Virginia

12 Jun

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New data interpretations from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System proves the need for more Alzheimer’s advocates has never been greater, especially when considering the impact of the disease on caregivers. In this article, we have detailed the most profound findings in our hope to gain new Alzheimer’s advocates or renew a sense of urgency for our current advocates.

More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and 458,000 of those caregivers live in Virginia.

Caregiving is defined as activities performed that attend to another person’s health needs. It often includes assisting with activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating, dressing, or toileting, as well as independent activities of daily living, such as driving, paying bills, or grocery shopping.

Caregiving for a loved one has an incredible economic impact in the United States. Unpaid caregivers provide nearly 18.2 billion hours of informal assistance, a national contribution valued at $230.1 billion. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women. (2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association). Caregiving duties also have a significant impact on the health of those providing care. Nearly 75% of caregivers nationwide stated that they are “very concerned to somewhat concerned” about their own health and nearly 1 in 3 caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia stated that their health has “become worse since assuming these responsibilities”.

In Virginia, we know that more than 60%of Virginia caregivers have been providing care for more than 2 years, and one-third provide care 20 hours or more a week. (2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System). Virginia caregivers reported that these responsibilities have a significant impact on their health with 13.1% reporting frequent poor mental health, 13.8% frequent poor physical health, and 23.6% reporting a history of depression.

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Of the top 10 leading causes of death, it is the only cause without a way to prevent, treat, or cure the disease. Click here to learn how you can take action as an Alzheimer’s Advocate.

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Subjective Cognitive Decline in Virginia

7 Jun

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Alzheimer’s disease is a nationwide public health crisis, and it is having an increasingly significant impact on Virginians. New data interpretations from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System proves the need for more Alzheimer’s advocates has never been greater, especially concerning the cognitive effects of the disease.  In this article, we have detailed the most profound findings in our hope to gain new Alzheimer’s advocates or renew a sense of urgency for our current advocates.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that attacks the brain, killing nerve cells and tissue, and affects an individual’s ability to remember, think and plan. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease. There is no treatment or cure, and it is fatal.

Researchers believe that the early detection of Alzheimer’s will be key to preventing, slowing and stopping the disease. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s requires a careful and comprehensive medical evaluation, often with the help of a neurologist (2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association). The benefits of early detection include increased treatment options and access to information, services and support; advance planning for health, housing, finances, care and risk reduction; and better overall health outcomes.

This is especially important, as one in 11 Virginians aged 45 and older report that they are experiencing confusion or memory loss, and nearly half of them have not discussed it with their health care professionals (2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System). Referred to as Subjective Cognitive Decline, these memory impairments interrupt the daily life of affected Virginians. Nearly 30% stated they needed help with daily household chores, 25 percent had to give up day-to-day activities and 2 in 5 stated these memory impairments interfered with social activities.

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Of the top 10 leading causes of death, it is the only one without a way to prevent, treat, or cure the disease. Click here to learn how you can take action as an Alzheimer’s Advocate.

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Join us for A Day for Caregivers!

1 Jun

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The Alzheimer’s Association will host A Day for Caregivers Conference on June 20 in Hampton and June 22 in Franklin. The day-long conference is designed to provide family and professional caregivers with information and tools to enhance their skill sets and help them become more effective in their role.

This year we are excited to welcome two local experts who will lead us in extended hands-on workshops on two unique and interesting topics.  Maryann Toboz, Executive Director of Tidewater Arts Outreach, will provide a morning workshop on engaging those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the arts of all kinds. There are increasing bodies of research that demonstrate how music, visual arts, dance, and other forms of arts engagement not only provide opportunities for self-expression but increase mental and physical health outcomes of those living with a dementia diagnosis. This workshop will be sure to engage caregivers in all types of settings.

We will also welcome Lori Hasty, Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, who will facilitate a workshop on Validation Therapy. Validation Therapy is a holistic therapy that focuses on empathy and provides a means for Alzheimer’s patients to communicate. This therapeutic modality uses techniques for connecting with individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia that enhances their dignity and improves their quality of life. Lori has trained with the creator of Validation Therapy, Naomi Feil.

A Day for Caregivers will also include a morning overview of dementia and a research update during lunch.

The cost is $10 and includes breakfast, lunch, and five hours of CEUs. To register or learn more, click here.

A Day For Caregivers Registration Packet 2017