Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Three tips to help this July

To us, caregivers make the world go 'round. They're brave, kind, generous, and never seem to ask for anything in return. Well, July is your month to take care of yourself. And this blog post is all about you!

Here are three simple ways to take care of yourself this summer. Take a breath, relax, and just focus on yourself for a moment!

1. Be able to recognize the signs of caregiver stress. Once you do, we'll arm you with the right strategies for getting rid of it fast.
• Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried
• Feeling tired most of the time
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Gaining or losing a lot of weight
• Becoming easily irritated or angry
• Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
• Feeling sad
• Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems
• Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications

2. Accept help. Be prepared with a list of ways that others can help you, and let the helper choose what he or she would like to do.

3. Set personal health goals. For example, set a goal to establish a good sleep routine or to find time to be physically active on most days of the week. It’ll do wonders!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Get ready for Blondes vs. Brunettes!

It's the age-old rivalry ... You know the one. Blondes versus brunettes. Do blondes have more fun? Are brunettes really more dependable? This year, we put it to an end!

In an epic battle, the Alzheimer Association's Blondes VS Brunettes will meet at St. Francis Desales High School on June 27. Each year, they come together to fight for yards, glory, flags and, most of all, a cure!

Don't miss Columbus' most prominent young leaders as they play to raise money and awareness in support of the programs and services of the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter. See you there!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get your team together for The Longest Day!

The Longest Day is just 11 days away and on June 21, we're going to celebrate in a BIG way!

We're inviting ALZ advocates like you from all over Central Ohio to work from sunrise to sunset, honoring the strength, heart and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease. It's the perfect way to celebrate the summer solstice, have fun with family and friends and advocate for the end of Alzheimer's!

Tweet: Not sure how to get started on #TheLongestDay? Here’s a simple list to get the ball rolling #EndALZ #TLD Not sure how to get started on #TheLongestDay? Here’s a simple list to get the ball rolling #EndALZ #TLD

1. Start a team or join a team! Easy-peezy!

2. Choose your activity! Your team will work together from sunrise to sunset, so start planning your day and check out these activities for inspiration!

3. Raise some funds! It can be easy. Here are a few ideas!

4. Enjoy yourself! The more fun you have, the brighter your light will shine and the farther our mission will be spread!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Get involved for Brain Awareness Month

Welcome to June! While you're basking in the sunshine and feeling the grass between your toes, we're cooking up something brilliant! We’ve moved our awareness month from September to June and now Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) can be celebrated during some of the happiest days of the year.

Among all of those neighborhood block parties, family BBQ's, and days spent poolside ... squeeze the most you can out of the summer by remembering those who cannot speak up for themselves.

Tweet: This #Alzheimers & Brain Awareness Month there are 3 BIG things you can do to show your #support #EndALZ This #Alzheimers & Brain Awareness Month there are 3 BIG things you can do to show your #support #EndALZ

Go Casual for a Cause at your office or school. In exchange for a small donation, encourage colleagues and friends to dress down and wear "The End of Alzheimer's Starts with Me" stickers. Order your free stickers here!

Help us reclaim the future for millions. Start a team. Join a team. Walk to End Alzheimer's.

Create a team for The Longest Day, on June 21. Honor a person affected by Alzheimer's with dawn to dusk fun!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Longest Day: Best Ideas for a Great Day

The Longest Day, on June 21st, enlists teams from all over Central Ohio to work from sunrise to sunset, honoring the strength, heart, and endurance of those facing Alzheimer's disease. It's the perfect way to celebrate the summer solstice, have fun with family and friends, and advocate for the end of Alzheimer’s! There are a few things you might be curious about before you decide to get onboard and we're here to clear up any questions you might have! And once you get started, we're here to inspire you!

Here are a few of our best ideas on how you can spend The Longest Day in style:

1. Father's Day Cookout: Grab a few of your neighborhood friends and host a Father’s Day Cookout, complete with BBQ, outdoor games, and plenty of sunshine! Invite family and friends to come and go as they please … But we’re guessing they’ll want to stay for the fun! You can also host competitive challenges to help fundraise to move the Alzheimer’s mission forward.

2. Artist's Retreat: For those of us with creativity running through our veins, try grabbing some friends for a all-day painting or sculpting extravaganza. The inspiration will be like electricity in the air!

3. Jam It Out: Host The Longest Day jam session by inviting local musicians to play at an outdoor venue that the whole community can enjoy. Ahhh! Music to our ears!

It's up to you! Let your creativity and passion take over, but tart planning now! The Longest Day is almost here!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Forget Me Not Days: May 16 and 17

It's true what they say! April showers bring May flowers ... But this May, your generosity brings those pretty little petals we call "Forget-Me-Not's". As we enter into the hottest months of summer, we're hoping to plant a few seeds of our own!

Look for volunteers sprouting up on your local street corners. They're collecting donations to help fight Alzheimer's disease during Bankers Life and Casualty Company's Forget Me Not Days. And as thanks for your donation, you'll receive Forget-Me-Not flower seeds to plant in honor of the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's.

Don't have a green thumb? Plant a virtual Forget-Me-Not!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association Rallies for the End of Alzheimer’s Disease on The Longest Day

This Solstice Marks the Beginning of Summer and the End of Alzheimer's

The Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and supporters across Ohio will participate in a nationwide event on June 21 to advocate for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease as well as their families and caregivers. This event is called The Longest Day and is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Participants are encouraged to create their own experience by spending the day with like-minded individuals participating in one favorite activity of a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

On June 21, from sunrise to sunset, teams throughout the nation will participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day in order to advocate for the end of Alzheimer’s disease. By simply gathering a group of friends and family and choosing an activity that best allows them to honor those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, participants have the ability to start a movement in their own backyard. This grassroots advocacy is what helps to distinguish this unique event from others. In addition to participating in the event, each team is asked to fundraise money, which will go directly towards research, treatment, and supporting families in need. With coaching, tools, and resources, teams will be able to reach their fundraising goals and help to end Alzheimer’s by relying on a support network that stretches across the nation.

“The Longest Day is the perfect opportunity for Ohioans to advocate for the end of Alzheimer’s while educating their friends, families, and neighbors about the harrowing effects of this disease,” says Vince McGrail, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio. “The summer solstice, being the longest day of the year, allows those not directly impacted by the disease to better understand just what a challenging journey it is for those who are.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of family and clinical support, education, advocacy and resources on behalf of Alzheimer’s patients and their families living throughout 14 counties in Central Ohio. They work closely with both patients and caregivers to maintain the highest quality of life for everyone involved. Today, with more than 5 million living with Alzheimer’s disease, it is the sixth leading cause of death. Events like The Longest Day are crucial to the organization’s success, advocating for the health and safety of the community and a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Join The Longest Day initiative by forming a team, fundraising, and advocating for the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn more about The Longest Day and register at