Thursday, September 18, 2014

Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer's - This Saturday!

Walk to End Alzheimer’s (or run a 5K) this Saturday, September 20 at Huntington Park! Join us and Columbus in the fight against this devastating disease by registering yourself, family and friends to walk or join in the Ohio Health 5K.

If you’re uncertain about walking or running, you can still get involved by volunteering at the walk! Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, registration, water stops, promise garden, the T-shirt tent and so much more. Visit our Volunteers Page for more information!

Event Information
Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Date: September 20, 2014
Location: Huntington Park 330 Huntington Park Lane, Columbus, OH 43215
Time of Events:
  • 5K Run: Arrive at 7 AM; run begins 8 AM
  • Ceremony: 9 AM
  • Walk: Arrive at 8 AM; walk begins at 9:15 AM

A special thank-you to Barbasol and Pure Silk for sponsoring the
Walk to End Alzheimer's!
BarbasolPure Silk

Friday, September 12, 2014

It Takes Just 1% to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Just 20 minutes of exercise a day can reduce the risk and slow the progression of developing Alzheimer’s - 1% of your day, that’s it! Listed below are the amazing benefits of light to moderate exercise like walking, bicycling, gardening, tai chi, or yoga everyday.

1.    Improve cardiovascular health: Exercise lets more oxygen into the blood stream. Impaired blood flow is a critical affliction of deteriorating brain health.

2.    Help physical function:  Strengthen muscles and bones, enhance body confidence, feel a sense of accomplishment and improve coordination to reduce risk of falls and maintain independence longer.

3.    Promote cognition: Studies show that physical activity may improve memory, slow down mental decline and reduce brain cell loss.

4.    Restful sleep: Alzheimer’s upsets the “internal body clock” and makes it difficult for those with the disease to separate dreams from reality. Physical activity can help for a more restful sleep at night.

5.    Enhance social interaction: Opportunities to engage in exercise with social interaction is shown to reduce feelings of isolation and helps maintain brain vitality.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Difference a Day Can Make

World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21. Alzheimer’s organizations across the globe combine efforts to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Ending Alzheimer’s starts with one voice – yours. Please take the day to acknowledge the struggle that more than 5 million Americans face. Read more about 5 ways you can honor World Alzheimer’s Day:

·      Wear that you care: Sell “Casual for a Cause” stickers for $5 to coworkers and dress down to help fund Alzheimer’s research and support services.
·      Feed the need: Get together with friends and family for “Dinner to Make a Difference” and ask them to donate what they would have spent on a night out to help aid those living with the debilitating disease.
·      Every moment counts: Every 67 seconds a person dies from Alzheimer’s. Mark a moment of silence in the workplace, church or at home.
·      Common bond: One of the most important ways to improve Alzheimer’s symptoms is social interaction. Be a part of the network by joining or starting a team for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s near you.
·      Lend a hand: Volunteer at an event or a caregiving facility and learn more about both the patients and caregivers facing Alzheimer’s everyday.

Any effort given is another day closer to ending Alzheimer’s. Share with us on Facebook what you plan on doing for World Alzheimer’s Day! Find out more about Alzheimer’s at today.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Support Circleville’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Join us this Saturday for Circleville’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 5K Run to End Alzheimer’s and a Kids Fun Run! This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy a Saturday morning supporting those suffering with Alzheimer’s. Funds raised help further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Register today!

Event Information
Circleville Walk to End Alzheimer's
Date: August 16, 2014
Location: Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park Circleville, OH 43113
Route Length: 1.2 mile walk, 5K run

Monday, August 11, 2014

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars to join the Alzheimer’s Association on November 7th for a night full of food, fun and entertainment! Click here for more information.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Drive to End Alzheimer's

Test drive a new Ford vehicle and Jim Keim Ford and Ford Motor Company together will donate $20 to Central Ohio Alzheimer's Association, up to $6,000! Jeim Keim Ford will donate an additional $2,000 for the first 100 test drives. That's a total of $8,000 if we reach our goal of 300 test drives!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alzheimer's Association Appoints Vince McGrail as Executive Director & CEO

Growing Awareness of Disease and Chapter’s Ability to Provide Support are Priorities for New Chapter Leader.

Vince McGrail
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio recently announced the appointment of Vince McGrail as Executive Director and CEO. McGrail will provide executive leadership for the Chapter’s staff, and serve as a partner with its Board of Directors to set, communicate and implement strategic goals for the Chapter, which will include increasing concern and awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease, enhancing care and support, growing revenue, and advancing advocacy. McGrail previously held the position of Sr. Director, Marketing Communications at The Ohio State University.

“We welcome Vince’s experience and leadership to the Chapter,” said the Association’s board president John Petro. “He’s a proven professional with more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications and fundraising strategy. His leadership and ability to think strategically and creatively will drive innovation and growth within the Chapter, and help the Chapter continue to serve more than 24,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Central Ohio and their caregivers.”

McGrail joins the Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter after serving The Ohio State University for 17 years in multiple leadership roles in development and marketing communications with focus in strategic fundraising. McGrail led the coordination of strategy and execution of university communication plans to publicly launch the $2.5 billion But for Ohio State fundraising campaign. Among McGrail’s successes includes co-chairing marketing efforts for the Students First, Students Now initiative, raising $116 million for student support in a 30-month timeframe. In addition, McGrail led the growth of Annual Giving at Ohio State from $9.5 million in 2006 to $13 million in 2012.

“I am excited to be working with the board to increase services and support for those who suffer with Alzheimer’s in Central Ohio and to make a difference in our community, said McGrail. “I am thrilled to be working with a passionate and talented team and dedicated volunteers, working hard towards the day we end Alzheimer’s”.

The Alzheimer’s Association Central Ohio Chapter offers a variety of family and clinical support, education, advocacy and resources on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients and their families living throughout the surrounding 14 counties. They work closely with both patients and caregivers to maintain the highest quality of life for everyone involved.

The first major fundraising event to take place under McGrail’s leadership is the 2014 Columbus Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 20th beginning at Huntington Park and hosted by the Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association. Those who walk, both through fundraising and participating in the event, help to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in the Columbus community. Registration for the walk is free and can be done at

About the Alzheimer’s Association The Alzheimer's Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Central Ohio Chapter was established in 1979 and provides a broad range of programs and services for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Visit