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 Alz.org.

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 Alz.org.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Walk to End Alzheimer's

More than 15 million people are affected by Alzheimer’s in the United States. There is something you can do …

 

Walk with us to End Alzheimer’s. This event raises funds to help advance research and support those living with the disease as well as provide resources to caregivers. Participate in any of the 5 Walks to End Alzheimer’s taking place throughout Central Ohio. Together, we can walk Alzheimer’s out of town.


Saturday, August 9 – Perry County

Saturday, August 16 – Circleville

Saturday, September 20 - Columbus

Saturday, October 11 – Chillicothe

Sunday, October 26 - Delaware

In November 2014 – Marion


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Super Brain Power from Super Brain Food!

July is National Blueberry Month and your brain should be celebrating because studies have shown that the antioxidants and flavonoids in blueberries can help improve learning and memory function! So whether you’re playing brain games or getting ready for a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, power-up and keep your brain healthy with Oprah’s Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie!

Blueberry Brain Boost Smoothie

Ingredients
• 1 cup fresh-pressed apple juice
• 1 fresh ripe fresh ripe banana
• 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
• 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
• 1/4 cup raw walnuts, preferably soaked
   and drained

Directions
Combine the apple juice and banana in a blender. Add the blueberries, raspberries, and walnuts. Blend until smooth. Servings: Serves 2 (makes about 2 1/2 cups)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

The emotional, physical and financial cost to a caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient is immeasurable. From the initial shock ... to the long-term care, nothing compares. And to the 15 million caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients across the United States, a little encouragement can go a long way.

Olivia Hoblitzelle found herself, as many do, face to face with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's … her husband. She wrote 8 Inspiring Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers to help encourage those on this journey.

At the Alzheimer's Association, we're here to help. With caregiver centers, local caregiver support groups, education programs and a 24/7 hotline, the Alzheimer's Association can provide care and resources for those affected by this devastating disease. We are here for you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Greatest Football Game of the Year

It's the 5th Annual Columbus Blondes vs. Brunettes Flag Football game! Come cheer on the blondes and brunettes as they tackle Alzheimer's by raising funds and awareness ... put on by the Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association Junior Committee!

Blondes vs Brunettes is a volunteer-driven family fun event that brings the passion and spirit of young community leaders together to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

Held Sunday, June 29th at the Columbus Commons, kickoff is 1:00 PM. The event is free, open to the public and will include:
  • Food vendors
  • Raffle
  • DJ
  • Half-time show




Though admission is free, donations are strongly encouraged to advance the work of the Alzheimer’s Association in research and supporting those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

A BIG thank-you to sponsors: Pure Silk, E-cycle, Mac Murray, Peterson & Shuster LLP, Stanley Steamer and Matrix Media.

Come early to show your support June 29th as the two teams come together to fight for yards, glory, flags … and most of all, a cure.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Training for the Walk

So, you signed up for the Central Ohio Walk to End Alzheimer's, now what? We know that completing a 5k is no easy feat ... and whether you are an experienced runner - or an experienced couch potato - it's important to properly prepare for the 3.1 miles ahead. You have the choice to either run or walk, but if you are a go-getter and hoping to run in the event, perhaps you’ll consider earning a spot in the prestigious Champions Club.

To ensure that your 5K race is successful, The Central Ohio Alzheimer's Association has compiled a training guide for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. See our easy to follow guide below and you’ll be on your way to proper training preparation.


Week
Training Day 1
Training Day 2
Training Day 3

1
• Jog for 90 seconds 
• Walk for 2 minutes
• Alternate between the two for a total of 20 minutes
• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1


2
• Jog for 90 seconds 
• Walk for 2 minutes
• Alternate between the two for a total of 20 minutes
• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1


3
• Jog for 90 seconds
• Walk for 90 seconds
• Alternate between the two for a total of 20 minutes

• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1

4
• Jog for ¼ mile, or roughly 3 minutes
• Walk for 90 seconds
• Alternate between the two for a total of 20 minutes

• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1

5
• Jog for ½ mile, or for roughly 5 minutes
• Walk for ¼ mile, or roughly 3 minutes
• Jog for ½ mile, or for roughly 5 minutes
• Walk for ¼ mile, or roughly 3 minutes
• Jog for ½ mile, or for roughly 5 minutes

• Same as Day 1

• Warm Up
• Jog for 2 miles in roughly 20 minutes without walking
6
• Jog ½ mile, or for roughly five minutes
• Walk ¼ mile, or for roughly 3 minutes
• Jog ¾ mile, or for roughly eight minutes
• Walk ¼ mile, or for roughly 3 minutes
• Jog ½ mile, or for roughly five minutes
• Jog 1 mile, or for roughly 10 minutes
• Walk ¼ mile, or for roughly 3 minutes
• Jog 1 mile, or for roughly 10 minutes

• Jog 2 ¼ miles for roughly 22 minutes without walking
7
• Jog for 2.5 miles, or for roughly 25 minutes, without walking

• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1

8
• Jog for 2.75 miles, or for roughly 25 minutes, without walking

• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1

9
• Jog for full 3 miles, or for roughly 30 minutes, without walking
• Same as Day 1

• Same as Day 1