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Brain Summit: A Conference on Alzheimer’s & Dementia Research

22 Feb

Brain Summit

June 5, 2019
Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

$45 General Admission*
$30 Students*

Attend and learn the latest on Alzheimer’s and dementia research at the national, state and local level, including a plenary address by Rebecca Edelmayer, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Interested in learning more about the Summit? Session information is now available!

Register @

*Register today — Admission is $55 after May 1
CEUs available

Questions? Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900

Joy for All companion pets provide carefree pet ownership

19 Nov

To celebrate National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a new corporate partner – Ageless Innovation – is launching an Alzheimer’s Association program in Kroger Pharmacies, featuring Joy for All Companion Pets. Joy for All Companion Pets are designed to enhance the quality of life for elder adults by providing carefree pet ownership, the comfort and joy of a playful companion and peace of mind for family caregivers.

Throughout November and December, 250 Kroger Pharmacy locations will sell special edition Joy for All Companion Pets, with packaging featuring caregiver health information from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Local participating Kroger Pharmacies:

  • Suffolk: 1017 University Blvd.
  • Virginia Beach: 3901 Holland Rd.
  • Chesapeake: 1653 Sentinel Dr.

For more information go to

Support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

13 Nov

Today, we rally together in support of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256)! We need your voice to help urge Congress to support this important legislation that would improve the quality of life for all Americans facing this devastating disease.

There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and 16.1 million who provide care. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would facilitate translational, cutting-edge research, like recent findings from the SPRINT MIND study, into public health interventions through the CDC’s traditional public health strategies.

Join us in calling on Congress to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256) to address Alzheimer’s as an urgent public health issue. For more information, visit:


Community Forum: Tabb Library

7 Nov

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tabb Library (100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown) SEVA will host a Community Forum to give attendees an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Most importantly, the forum will also give SEVA staff the chance to learn how we can help provide support in the York County area.

Light refreshments will be served, and registration is requested. To register, visit Community Resource Finder or call 800.272.3900.

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer

3 Oct

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer, Team captain of Edward Jones-Forget- Me- Nots Virginia Beach

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I’m leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. I witnessed the effects this disease had on my grandfather and all his family as he suffered from Alzheimer’s.  It is not an easy ordeal for anyone involved. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

I am so proud of my company, EDWARD JONES, in becoming the national sponsor for the Alzheimer’s Association.  I am honored to join my fellow associates and community members in these walks around our country.  I will be walking for my grandfather, Jimmy Owens, and all the others I know that have faced this disease.

I hope you will join us at!


Why I Walk with Gino Colombara

19 Sep

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I am Gino Colombara and I have had the honor to be the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter for the past 23 years. I walk each year for a very personal reason.

My journey with Alzheimer’s started over 30 years ago. It began with my father, John Colombara. While I was in the Navy stationed in Italy, he was living in Florida. I would call him every Sunday. One Sunday, he did not answer the phone. The same held true for Monday. I contacted the apartment manager to check on him. Apparently, neighbors saw my father leave with two suitcases in hand.

My father, who spent most of his adult life in New York, decided to head back home. He traveled by bus and train. He was missing for two months. I had a detective looking for him. This was the worst time of my life.

My father reached New York where he got mugged. He was brought to Bellevue Hospital without any identification. My father did not provide his real name and did not share that he had any family.

So how did I find him? He got on a pay phone in the hospital and called his bank in New York to get his pension check. I had contacted the bank earlier to request that if he should call to please contact the Red Cross.

At 2:00 one morning, military security officers came to my home in Italy and shared that my father was found. I immediately called him at the hospital. When I spoke with him, it was like nothing ever happened. By 8:00 that morning, I was on a flight to New York. And so began my Alzheimer’s journey in 1986. And so began my advocacy to make a difference.

Initially, my Alzheimer’s journey was extremely lonely. There was not much awareness of Alzheimer’s at that time. In fact, my father did not get a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s until 1989. My father passed away in 1993.

The tide has certainly changed since then. I feel proud to be part of that changing tide.

30 years ago…I could not imagine a day when everyone who needs care and support gets it as a result of our work…Today I can.

30 years ago…I could not imagine a day when research is funded at the proper level… Today I can.

30 years ago…I could not imagine a day when stigma would be eliminated… Today I can.

And 30 years ago, I could not imagine the day when everyone survives – the day our vision is realized. Today I can.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the ways I pay tribute to my father. I hope you will join me at one of our walks. I look forward to seeing you!

Gino Colombara, Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Association – Southeastern Virginia Chapter

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Why I Walk with Mary Stemann

25 Jul

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Mary Stemann remembers when she knew something was different with her husband Robert…She started winning arguments! In time he got more and more confused.  They went to their family doctor and were told that nothing was wrong. This happened more than once. By the summer of 2015, he was having seizures and had become more and more withdrawn. A visit to a neurologist confirmed Alzheimer’s disease. Robert died in 2017, his last months spent in a memory care facility. In looking back, Mary wishes she and her husband had known about the Alzheimer’s Association and their services. She walks so those families and people with Alzheimer’s can realize that they are not alone and information and support are available. She walks in memory of her husband Robert and to raise awareness for these services and to find a cure.

Sign up today at