October Education Programs

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Dementia: The Basics
October 1st; 5:30-7pm
Alzheimer’s Association Office – DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue
Gloucester, VA 23061

Living with Alzheimer’s: Late Stage
October 15th; 10:30am-12pm
Alzheimer’s Association Office – DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue
Gloucester, VA 23061
Please call 804-695-9382 for more information.

Getting Started: What to do if you Suspect a Family Member has Dementia or has been Diagnosed with Dementia
October 22nd; 1:30-3pm
2217 Princess Anne Street
Second Floor Conference Room
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Please call Lori Myers, 540-370-0835, for more information.

Understanding Dementia Behaviors
October 26th; 10-11:30am
Salem Church Library
2607 Salem Church Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Please call Lori Myers, 540-370-0835, for more information.

Understanding and Addressing Behaviors
October 29th; 2pm
Commonwealth Assisted Living – Farnham
511 Cedar Grove
Farnham, VA 22460
Please call 804-695-9382 for more information.

October 2015 Support Groups – Middle Peninsula & Northern Neck

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October 12th; 11am
For Caregivers
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury
132 Lancaster Drive
Irvington, VA 22489
No respite available.
Please call Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382, for more information.

October 13th; 6pm
For Caregivers
The Orchard
62 Delfae Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
Special Topic for the October 13th Session: Healthy Habits for a Healthier You
Respite available with reservation.
Please call Carolyn Costello, 804-615-1117, for more information.

October 14th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Alzheimer’s Association Office – DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue
Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available.
Please contact Ted Leonard, 804-642-9189, for more information.

October 15th; 6pm
For Caregivers
Alzheimer’s Association Office – DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue
Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available.
Please contact Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382, for more information.

October 20th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Harmony Grove Baptist Church
7722 Gen. Puller Hwy
Topping, VA 23169
Respite available with reservation.
Please contact Barbara Swain, 804-832-1571, or Lisa Jones, 804-695-9008, for more information.

October 21st; 9am
Early Stage – For Persons with Dementia
Call the Alzheimer’s Association, 804-695-9382, for more information.

October 22nd; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Commonwealth Assisted Living
460 S. Main Street
Kilmarnock, VA 22482
Respite care available with reservation.
Please contact Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382, for more information.

October 22nd; 3pm
For Caregivers
Commonwealth at Farnham
511 Cedar Grove
Farnham, VA 22460
Respite care available with reservation.
Please contact Jill White, 804-695-7290, for more information.

October 27th; 10am
Early Stage – For Persons with Dementia
Call the Alzheimer’s Association, 804-695-9382, for more information.

October 2015 Support Groups – Fredericksburg

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October 6th; 10am
For Caregivers
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
2nd Floor Conference Room
4600 Spotsylvania Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Please contact Lori Myers, 540-370-0835, for more information.

October 12th; 6:30pm
For Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Please call the Chapter Office, 540-370-0835, for more information.

October 20th; 1:30pm
For Caregivers
Homecare America
2017 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Please contact Lori Myers, 540-370-0835, for more information.

October 20th; 7pm
For Caregivers
Carriage Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center
6106 Health Center Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Please contact Judy Scheibe, 540-898-1378, for more information.

October 2015 Support Groups – Richmond and Tri-Cities

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October 1st; 6pm
For Caregivers
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
1127 N. 28th Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Please call Wanda Hunt, 804-305-8394, for more information.

October 5th; 10am
For Caregivers
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Please call Jessica Samet, 804-967-2580, for more information.

October 6th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Second Branch Baptist Church
12217 Second Branch Road
Chesterfield, VA 23838
Please call Edith Byrnes, 804-271-4441, or Sharon Condrey, 804-590-9305, for more information.

October 6th; 3pm
For Caregivers
First Baptist Church
401 N. Second Avenue
Hopewell, VA 23860
Please call Blanche Castelow, 804-748-5585, or June Gilliam, 804-748-6668, for more information.

October 6th; 7pm
For Caregivers
First Baptist Church
800 Thompson Street
Ashland, VA 23005
Please call Bob Junod, 804-752-2219, for more information.

October 13th; 7pm
For Adult Children
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Road
N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Please call Lynda Gormus, 804-320-0619, or Erin Davidson, 804-514-2142, for more information.

October 14th; 9:30am
For Caregivers
Hanover Adult Day Center
7231 Stonewall Parkway
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Please call Vivian Bagby, 804-321-1649, or Barbara Allen, 804-782-1942, for more information.

October 14th; 10am
For Caregivers
New Life United Methodist Church
900 Old Hundred Road
Midlothian, VA 23114
Please call Bob Schaefer, 804-310-7991, or Leigh Hilldrup, 804-839-0236, for more information.

October 15th; 7pm
For Caregivers
Lucy Corr Village
6800 Lucy Corr Court
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Please call Blanche Castelow, 804-748-5585, or Edith Byrnes, 804-271-4441, for more information.

October 20th; 10am
For Caregivers
Lakewood Manor
1900 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23238
Please call Beth Meyers, 804-967-2598, for more information.

October 20th; 2pm
For Caregivers
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Road
Family Life Center, Blanchette Brown Room
N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Please call Nancy Lentz, 804-967-2586, for more information.

October 20th; 7pm
For Caregivers
Brandermill Woods Health Care Center
2100 Brandermill Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112
Please call Merle Kahn, 804-967-2575, for more information.

October 22nd; 1pm
For Caregivers
Chickahominy YMCA
5401 Whiteside Road
Sandston, VA 23150
Please call Connie Tucker, 804-241-2056, or Beth Meyers, 804-967-2598, for more information.

October 22nd, 1:30pm
Early Stage for Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Please Call the Chapter Office, 804-967-2580, for more information.

October 24th; 12pm
For Caregivers
First Union Baptist Church
3510 Dill Road
Richmond, VA 23222
Please call Jacki Page, 804-321-2573, for more information.

October 27th; 6pm
For Caregivers
St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Road, Room 163
Richmond, VA 23226
Please call Mary Ann Johnson, 804-967-2582, for more information.

Younger-Onset Group
This is a Support Group for individuals who were diagnosed with a dementia disease under the age of 65. For more information on this group, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter office at 804-967-2580.

Why I Walk – Heidi Bristow

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My name is Heidi Bristow and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Memory of my dad, Ellsworth German, and my grandfather, Christian German.

Unfortunately Alzheimer’s has taken its toll on my family since 1983 about the time that Alzheimer’s awareness began to finally take shape in our country. My Grandfather was diagnosed in late 1983 with this disease along with ALS…yes double trouble. With these two serious diseases working against him his life was cut short in August of 1984. Watching this decline in my grandfather in my late teenage years was very traumatic especially when he was unable to recognize me. Being an only grandchild, he spoiled me rotten and he was truly my hero. Loosing him even before his death hurt deeply and I had hoped to never face that disease again.

Years later in 2009 about 10 years after my mother had passed away from heart disease I noticed some very disturbing symptoms begin to appear in my father that were all to familiar to some seen in my grandfather. Not something anyone wants to hear but being an only child the news was even more devastating. Finally after much persuading I talked my dad into seeing a neurologist and yes the diagnosis was as suspected…early stages of Alzheimer’s. My heart sunk into my chest…oh no not again.

Luckily my dad was still able to live at home, travel and be very self-sufficient much longer then I had thought. He was one good spirited and highly independent man that was not going to let this disease get the best of him. However in 2014 we noticed other complications were beginning to appear in him that now indicated he also had Parkinson’s disease. Yes…double trouble once more.

From that time on my dad experienced a much more rapid decline in his health both physically and mentally. At this point I knew that it would not be long before my dad would require 24/7 skilled care so my search for the best facility possible in our area began. By April of 2015 we knew the time was close to when dad would need to move from his home into a long term care facility. I had selected Heron Cove a Riverside Facility in Gloucester, VA. But how do I tell him this? He will be heart broken and as usual angry with me. As most caregivers know they like to lash out at the ones closest to them. This was probably the hardest part for me in dad’s decline until of course he no longer recognized me, my husband or his wonderful grandsons (in their early 20’s). His decline was very hard on the boys but the importance of visiting with him no matter how hard it was could not be stressed enough.

Late in May my dad’s ability to eat solid foods was greatly effected by the Parkinson’s disease complicated by Alzheimer’s and this required a hospital admission. Definitely not what I would have planned but it proved to be a blessing in disguise. Mainly because the news that he was no longer able to go home came from his doctor not from me. Praise the Lord!!!! Luckily I had made some preliminary arrangements with Heron Cove and dad’s transition from the hospital to there went extremely well. I cannot stress enough to families dealing with this illness to pre-plan for long term care. You never know when something sudden like my dad’s hospital admission could be a game changer and you are left to settle for some place you may not want versus already having planned ahead and selected a place for them. My pre-planning although very difficult at the time had truly paid off.

The first 3 weeks dad was at Heron Cove he was pretty stable and was able to be taken around the facility and out in the garden by wheelchair and enjoy meals in the dining room with the other residents. Having a very strict soft food diet he was not very pleased however he never turned down this bowl of vanilla ice cream at each meal, even breakfast. I loved to tease him that I wanted to be on his ice cream diet, which sounded good to me. Those 3 weeks were filled with visits from many friends and family members, even our little dog Buster came to visit a time or two. On my daily visits we reminisced about earlier times, listened to music and looked over old photo albums, anything to make him smile was my goal.

However much to my surprise on June 30th I received a call from his nurse that turned my world upside down. I was told to gather our family and come to Heron Cove. She felt my dad’s time was short and she wanted me and my family to have as much time with him as possible. This was just such a shock for me…I knew he was worse but to loose him already was so unexpected. We all gathered that evening and spent quality time with him and he responded to each of us even by name…yes by name.

The following morning I was called to Heron Cove bright and early to find that dad was now bed ridden and very unresponsive. The end was near and my heart was breaking. I kept vigil by his bedside with other family and friends until he went to his heavenly home on July 2, 2015. It was a peaceful passing and I know dad has been made new again.

So that is why I walk….in the memory of my grandfather and now my dad. We MUST fight to find a cure for this horrible disease that is taking so many of our loved ones. I worry about myself and my children with this disease being so prominent in our family. It’s not too late for us…WE MUST FIND A CURE, and that is why I walk and I know he will be walking beside me every step of the way.

Register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015

Why I Walk – Sydney Cameron

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My name is Sydney Cameron and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s for my granny.

Some of my earliest memories of my grandmother (when I was around 6 years-old) are when she would travel from her home in Chicago to visit our home in Dallas. She would always sleep with me in my room. My parents even bought me a queen-sized bed so we could share it together.

She would always put rollers in her hair at night and used a head scarf that reminded me of a fish net. Whenever I wanted a French braid in my hair I always went to her (she was a hair stylist.) I remember she adored a string of pearls and one night she gave them to me, just because. (I wore them on my wedding day, in honor of her.)

It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized my granny wasn’t quite the same as when I was younger. She didn’t fuss at me anymore and she didn’t always have a hug or smile ready for me when I walked into a room. She stopped visiting our family in Texas.

It was then that I learned she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

As a teen I’m not sure that I fully comprehended what it all meant. I just knew every time our family would visit her in Chicago she talked less and less. Then I noticed she moved less and less and eventually could no longer even feed herself.

One vivid memory I have is one day my mom was giving her a pedicure and keeping up a constant stream of chatter. Every once and awhile my grandmother would make a non-committal noise.
But, after all these years it was her eyes that I still remember the most. Every time my mom moved my grandmother’s eyes would follow. It was like she recognized her daughter even though she couldn’t voice it.

My granny, Valadia Williams, traveled to the Kingdom of God in 2007.

I Walk to give her, and everyone else who has Alzheimer’s, a voice.

I Walk to find a cure.

I Walk to relive those memories.

I Walk to walk with her one more time.

I Walk to give strength to others.

I Walk to end Alzheimer’s.

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015