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”

Art4ALZ: Fluid Art Paint Pouring Coming to Southwest Florida

by Tammy DeCaro Special paint pouring workshops are coming to multiple locations throughout SW Florida in March, April and May to support those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Barrington Terrace, an assisted living and memory care residence in Naples, is hosting the events with all proceeds supporting the Art4Alz team fundraising campaign for TheContinue reading “Art4ALZ: Fluid Art Paint Pouring Coming to Southwest Florida”

Alzheimer’s Research in 2021: A Look Back

The last year saw many breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s treatment, diagnosis and understanding. Thanks to the incredible work of volunteers across the state – from Walk to End Alzheimer’s to The Longest Day events to public policy advocates – the Alzheimer’s Association Florida chapters were able to support critical awareness, research and support programs like these.Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Research in 2021: A Look Back”

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s During the Holidays

The signs of Alzheimer’s can often be hidden from daily view. They are subtle and many times confused with normal signs of aging or forgetfulness. However, the holidays, when so many of us are near family and friends, is a common time to notice something is off with a loved one.  It’s common to experienceContinue reading “Recognizing the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s During the Holidays”

3 Resources to Support Veterans Facing Alzheimer’s

By Jason A. Penrod The Alzheimer’s Association reports that nearly half a million American veterans have Alzheimer’s and as the population ages, that number is expected to grow. And if that does not get your attention; Did you know that more than 60% of the VA’s cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s is for nursing homeContinue reading “3 Resources to Support Veterans Facing Alzheimer’s”

Walking for Awareness

by Abby Lorden Kandice Robinson of Orange Park, Florida participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Jacksonville for her father. She first noticed something was wrong when he began acting differently. “My father was always super organized. Someone outside our family wouldn’t notice, but I started seeing what, for him, was a mess. There were papersContinue reading “Walking for Awareness”

Tips From a Former Caregiver

Chasity Brooks’ caregiving journey began in 2017, when her mother-in-law, Jean, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Although Jean recently passed away at the age of 84, Chasity continues to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds for a cure through Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Florida teen: ‘Anyone can help’ family caregivers

With his mother now caring for his grandmother full-time, L.J. Ruth knows firsthand how challenging dementia caregiving can be. After recently holding a fundraiser and charity drive to support local family caregivers, he sat down with the Alzheimer’s Association to share his story.

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.