Middle Peninsula – Northern Neck Support Groups – January 2016


January 11th; 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.

January 12th; 6pm
For Caregivers
The Orchard
62 Delfae Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
Respite available with reservation.
Please call Carolyn Costello, 804-615-1117, for more information.

January 13th; 10:30am
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

January 19th; 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.

January 20th; 9am
Early Stage – For Persons with Dementia
Call the Alzheimer’s Association, 804-695-9382, for more information.

January 21st; 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.

January 26th; 10am
Early Stage – For Persons with Dementia
Call the Alzheimer’s Association, 804-695-9382, for more information.

January 28th; 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.


Richmond and Tri-Cities Support Groups – January 2016


January 4th; 10am
For Caregivers
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Please call Jessica Samet, 804-967-2580, for more information.

January 5th; 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.

January 5th; 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.

January 5th; 7pm
For Caregivers
First Baptist Church
800 Thompson Street
Ashland, VA 23005
Please call Bob Junod, 804-752-2219, for more information.

January 7th; 6pm
For Caregivers
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
1127 N. 28th Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Please call Wanda Hunt, 804-305-8394, for more information.

January 12th; 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.

January 13th; 7pm
For Caregivers
1661 Centerville Parke Lane
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Please call Susan Kidd, 804-387-7246, for more information.

January 19th; 10am
For Caregivers
Lakewood Manor
1900 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23238
Please call Beth Meyers, 804-967-2598, for more information.

January 19th; 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.

January 19th; 7pm
For Caregivers
Brandermill Woods Health Care Center
2100 Brandermill Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112
Please call Merle Kahn, 804-967-2575, for more information.

January 20th; 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.

January 20th; 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.

January 21st; 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.

January 23rd; 12pm
For Caregivers
First Union Baptist Church
3510 Dill Road
Richmond, VA 23222
Please call Jacki Page, 804-321-2573, for more information.

January 26th; 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.

January 28th; 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.

January 28th, 1:30pm
Early Stage for Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Please Call the Chapter Office, 804-967-2580, 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



The Alzheimer’s Association’s recently released report, The Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Medicaid Costs: A Growing Burden for States, found that between 2015 and 2025, Medicaid costs for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will increase in every state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. In fact, by 2025, 35 states will see increases in Alzheimer’s Medicaid costs of at least forty percent from 2015. Twenty-two states, including Virginia, will see increases of at least fifty percent.

In Virginia, Medicaid spending on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase 60.6% by 2025. This year, spending will total $814-million increasing to $1.3-billion in 2025. Approximately ten percent of the 2015 Medicaid budget in Virginia is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias rely on Medicaid, which is funded by state and federal governments, at a rate nearly three times greater than other seniors due to the long duration of the disease, the intense personal care needs and the high cost of long-term care services. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, by the age of 80, seventy-five percent of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will be admitted to a nursing home, compared with just four percent of the general population.

The quickly rising Medicaid costs for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in Virginia goes hand-in-hand with the rise in individuals living with the disease. Currently, there are an estimated 130,000 Virginians with Alzheimer’s and that figure will jump by forty-six percent to 190,000 individuals by 2025.

“Alzheimer’s is a triple threat,” said Marie Kolendo, CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond, “with soaring prevalence, lack of treatment and enormous costs that no one can afford.”

“Virginia needs to implement the Dementia State Plan goals to ensure that the state is able to address the growing needs of the dementia population,” added Kolendo.

To read the full report findings, visit alz.org/trajectory.

2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference Highlights

2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Highlights

Promising new data results for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
Results from more than a dozen experimental drug studies at AAIC show the research community attacking Alzheimer’s disease from multiple angles, targeting the underlying causes and some of the most pernicious symptoms. These advances show a clear maturation of the Alzheimer’s research field, a recognition of the need for a broader attack, and hint at future possibilities for combination therapy. New reports included advanced trials and new analyses in three drugs targeting the abnormal amyloid protein that forms plaques in the brain (one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s), plus three drug trials that target other pathways and symptoms in the disease, including psychiatric symptoms such as agitation.

Taking a longer term vision, another set of studies at AAIC 2015 reviewed early-stage results on three types of investigational drugs that suggest they have the potential to work across brain diseases that cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia, based on small preliminary studies in animal models and test tubes.

28 Million Baby Boomers will get Alzheimer’s disease
At AAIC 2015, projections reported by The Lewin Group for the Alzheimer’s Association show that 28 million American baby boomers will get Alzheimer’s by midcentury — a deluge that will consume nearly 25 percent of Medicare spending in 2040 — unless there are significant advances in treatment and prevention. A study by the same group released earlier this year suggested that a treatment that delays the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years could save $220 billion within the first few years of its introduction.

Type 1 diabetes identified as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease
The first study of dementia risk, including Alzheimer’s disease, in older adults with type 1 diabetes (T1D) was reported at AAIC 2015. The study looking at a healthcare database of more than 490,000 people over 60 years old found that participants with T1D were 60 to 93 percent more likely to get dementia compared with people without diabetes, even when the diabetes is treated. More research is needed to validate this finding and investigate the biological reasons for the increased risk in T1D. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are rapidly increasing worldwide, and people with type 1 are living longer than ever before.

Early education impacts future risk for Alzheimer’s disease
Two studies from Sweden presented at AAIC 2015 suggest a correlation between childhood school performance (ages 9-10) and the development of late life dementia. Both studies analyzed the impact that early schooling, secondary education and occupational complexity have on the risk of developing dementia. In the first study of more than 7,500 individuals aged 65+, dementia risk was elevated 21 percent in people who were in the lowest 20 percent of childhood school grades, and dementia risk was reduced 23 percent among individuals in occupations characterized by high complexity with data and numbers. Importantly, high occupational complexity could not compensate for the effect of low childhood school marks. Results from the second study also found significant correlations between grades/work complexity and dementia risk. In this population of 440 men and women age 75 and older, dementia risk was elevated more than 50 percent in individuals over 75 with the lowest 20 percent of early-life school grades, even if they had more formal education or a job was associated with significant complexity.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Women are at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia
Women are at the epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease. According to Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Women are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. The most recent data show that 63 percent of all unpaid Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are women.

At AAIC 2015, two studies revealed how the pace and impact of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline may be different between the sexes. One study of about 400 people with mild cognitive impairment (141 women, 257 men), mostly in their mid-seventies, showed that women deteriorate twice as fast as men with the condition in both cognitive and functional abilities. Additionally, women declined much more dramatically than men in cognition, function and brain size following surgery with general anesthesia, according to a separate study presented at the conference that reviewed 527 older adults from two different research program databases examining cognitive aging. There is a clear need to investigate why this is the case. Is it simply that women live longer than men, or is there something different in the anatomy, biology and/or genetics that contributes to higher prevalence and faster decline?

Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Announces New CEO

MarieHeadShotThe Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond has named Marie Kolendo chief executive officer. Kolendo, who will succeed current Chapter CEO Sherry Peterson, will join the Association on July 27th. Peterson is retiring after serving the Greater Richmond Chapter for nearly 17 years.

“As the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond grows to meet the increased demand and needs of those living with Alzheimer’s and their families, we sought a leader with a personal connection to the disease, an individual with a long-standing commitment to our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s, and an individual with a proven track record of managerial and leadership success,” said Andrea Yoak, president of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Board.

“We are confident Marie will build upon the strong foundation laid by her predecessor and expand awareness, services, and programs for the thousands of individuals in our region faced with the daily challenges of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.”

Kolendo served on the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Board from July 2006 through December 2014 serving the Association in various capacities, including Board Chair and Treasurer, as well as positions with the Finance Committee, Program Committee, and Development Committee.

She has also served as the Board representative at the Alzheimer’s Association Delegate Assembly and has been very engaged in advocacy; most recently serving as an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Tim Kaine.

Kolendo spent 16 years at Genworth in various positions; most recently serving as Vice President of Long Term Care In Force Management where she provided leadership in the development and implementation of analytical models to evaluate trends in the Company’s insurance population and identified opportunities to improve performance.

Her other positions at Genworth included: Chief Risk Officer – Long Term Care, and Controller – Long Term Care.

“I am incredibly excited to join the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond and I am humbled to follow Sherry’s incredible success and to become part of a team that I have immense respect and admiration for,” said Kolendo.

“When my very close friend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I witnessed first-hand the incredible amount of support and counseling provided to her and her family by the Association staff and I know we will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with the disease, as well as their family and their caregivers.”

Prior to Genworth, Kolendo was controller at Connectool/Paladin Tools and an auditor with Ernst and Young. She received a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University; an M.B.A. from Averett University; and is currently completing a certificate in Non-profit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She lives in Manakin-Sabot with her husband, Wojciech.

To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter, please visit http://www.alz.org/grva.

10 Ways to Love Your Brain

The evidence is mounting – Central Virginians can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. That is the conclusion of a new research summary published in early June in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

With this in mind, the Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

1 – Break a sweat.
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

2 – Hit the books.
Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.

3 – Butt out.
Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.

4 – Follow your heart.
Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.

5 – Heads up!
Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

6 – Fuel up right.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.

7 – Catch some Zzz’s.
Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

8 – Take care of your mental health.
Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.

9 – Buddy up.
Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community – if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.

10 – Stump yourself.
Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

In addition to reducing your risk of cognitive decline, these tips may also reduce your risk of dementia. Evidence for reducing risk of dementia is currently strongest in relation to formal education and the avoidance of head injury; other tips show indication of possibly reducing risk. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is one of the nation’s largest public health crises. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible neurological disease that impairs cognition, orientation and functional capacity, and it is the only cause of death among the top 10 life-threatening conditions in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.


Message from Sherry Peterson, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter CEO

Sherry PetersonAs I prepare to retire as CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement during my nearly 17 years of service to the community.

Some of you were involved in the Chapter when I came on-board as the only full-time staff member when we were located in a dingy office on Forest Hill Avenue. We’ve come a long way. Thank you for all that you have done to help the Chapter grow to meet the ever increasing need for our services.

During my tenure, I have had the opportunity to work with numerous Board Members who have provided personal support to me, and have given their time, talent, and financial support to the Chapter. Our growth would not have been possible without their involvement and dedication.

I have also had the privilege of working with the most dedicated and caring staff – individuals that work hard every day to make life a little less stressful for those we serve. Our Chapter staff truly care about the 26,000 individuals in our service area with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and whether they meet with clients directly or provide support in the background – they are amazing! I want to thank them all for making my job easier and so enjoyable.

Sadly, the biggest change I have seen in my 17 years is the number of people affected by this devastating disease.

When I started, we said that one in four of us knew someone affected by the disease – now one in two of us know someone. When I am out in the community, I meet more and more people who know the challenges that those with the disease and their families face on a daily basis.

However, there are also more reasons to be hopeful that an end to this disease is on its way!

The Alzheimer’s Association has been a part of every major Alzheimer’s research project over the last 30 years, and during the last several years, the Association has been able to increase federal government support of Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act that passed in 2012 required the creation of a national strategic plan to address the rapidly escalating Alzheimer’s disease crisis and will coordinate Alzheimer’s disease efforts across the federal government.

As I prepare to retire, my only wish is that we could all retire because our services were no longer needed. I know you share mine, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s, vision of “a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”

Until we reach that goal, thank you for all you do.