— Former television news anchor Diane Ako blogs about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. My mother is nearly catatonic, four years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She sits wherever placed and rests with eyes half shut. She doesn’t speak. She needs to be fed and wheeled around now. This is the last stage of Alzheimer’s. She mumble-whispers and it’s mostly unintelligible. She has a couple things she …

— Part 1.  Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations—a program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Nadine Roberts Cornish, founder of The Caregiver’s Guardian, LLC and Paul Leon Ramsey, Executive Director of a Little Help.   Part 2.  Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations—a program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Tina Wells …

— Virginia is home to an estimated 140,000 people with Alzheimer’s dementia, and the disease takes a toll on family caregivers as well. AARP Virginia is a member of the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium and is cosponsoring its 31st Annual Caregiver Conference. Participants can learn more about what dementia is and how to care for themselves, as well as a loved one with the disease. The conference will be Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Korean …

— The Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 14 in San Jose. The event aims to raise nearly $1.5 million to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and research to find a cure. The walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Arena Green in San Jose, then winds for three miles through downtown. AARP California is cosponsoring the event and will host a table at the companion fair, providing information for family caregivers. To participate, donate …

— Creating Moments of Joy Friday, November 10th 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Korean Central Presbyterian Church 15451 Lee Highway, Centerville, VA 20121 Please join us for our 31st Annual Caregivers Conference! Creating Moments of Joy. If you’ve attended the conference in the past, you know what an educational and inspirational day you’ll have. And if you’ve never been to the Northern Virginia Dementia Caregiver’s Conference, please come join us – we know you’ll be glad you came. The conference features an …

— The University of Denver & Dementia Friendly Denver Present: *Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia A Community Education Event Saturday, September 30, 9:00 until 11:00 AM Event will be held in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts,  located on the University of Denver Campus 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver Admission Is Free – Doors Open at 8:30 AM Get Answers to Questions Like: How can I reduce my …

— In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

— One Disease, One Family, One Night. Written and directed by visiting scholar Jeffrey Steiger and produced by SMHS faculty Charles Samenow, MD, MPH, “TANGLES,” is a dynamic musical play and a multidisciplinary educational and outreach initiative that uniquely fuses traditional theatrical storytelling with research. The production engages healthcare providers, patients, families, and caregivers in dialogue, education, and healing related to the impact of neurocognitive disorders. The story focuses around Gwendolyn Taylor, who has been an inspiration and loving presence in …

— The Virgin Islands is a nature lover’s paradise, with mountains, beaches and lush vegetation. But the terrain can be dangerous for people with dementia or cognitive impairments if they lose their way outdoors. AARP Virgin Islands fought successfully for a new law that alerts government agencies if someone with dementia is reported missing. Similar to Amber Alert programs for missing children, the Silver Alert system expedites the response when a person with a mental impairment goes missing. Some 90 percent …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako writes about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, in her “Peace of Mind” blog This was the first year Mother’s Day was hard for me, and this feeling takes me by surprise. When I go to see her, I’m usually chirpy and full of updates – which will never be understood but make me feel better to put out there. This year, …