AAIC Highlights from Two Florida Research Champions

By Stefanie Wardlow and Keith Gibson Today ends a thrilling 5 days in San Diego at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), hearing from the leading voices in dementia research. What we saw unveiled at AAIC this week will help to advance our understanding of the disease and get us that much closer to newContinue reading “AAIC Highlights from Two Florida Research Champions”

Florida A&M University Nursing Students Expand Their Knowledge With the ALZ STARS Program

By Maddison Rametta and Audrey Coachman Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia affects 1 in every 37 Floridians statewide. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs and the Alzheimer’s Association have partnered to create the ALZ STARS program, a joint initiative to bring increased awareness of dementia and the resources available to Floridians. Pre-Nursing and Nursing studentsContinue reading “Florida A&M University Nursing Students Expand Their Knowledge With the ALZ STARS Program”

Volunteer Highlight: Saul Simon

“The beauty of putting on this event was a buddy of mine looking at me and saying, ‘Thank you for doing this. I don’t know if you know this, but my mom suffered from this disease.’…I never would have known that his mom suffered as my dad suffered,” said Saul Simon about the Pickleball tournament he recently organized in support of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Boca.

What Peanut Butter Candy Taught Me About Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Dementia and Risk

By Stefanie Thompson Wardlow, senior program manager, Florida research champion, Alzheimer’s Association   Not all strokes are noticeable. My grandmother had multiple mini strokes. With no real symptoms, we never knew. Until one day she could not make her famous peanut butter candy. I thought at first she was just tired, but when the holidays cameContinue reading “What Peanut Butter Candy Taught Me About Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Dementia and Risk”

Lessons from Caregiving: A Daughter’s Story

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a difficult and painful task, especially when that loved one lives far away. This is a fact that Donna Luzzi knows only too well as a former long-distance caregiver to her mother, Ednamae. Recently, Donna shared her personal caregiving journey with the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as some of the lessons she learned along the way.

COVID-19: Planning Your Best Defense

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution becomes increasingly available across the state of Florida, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is issuing guidance for vaccinating people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Collegiate BRAIN BUSTERS Tournament

Course Syllabus Tournament Description:  Join the Alzheimer’s Association’s first inaugural Collegiate Brain Buster Tournament this April 2021. Compete to show your school spirit by winning the cumulative Kahoot! Tournament featuring 3 topics:  1) Alzheimer’s and Dementia  2) Brain Health and Risk Reduction  3) Warning Signs and Getting a Diagnosis  Here’s how it works – WatchContinue reading “Collegiate BRAIN BUSTERS Tournament”