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August 2013 


A Message from Jennifer Howard, Executive Director
Jennifer HowardIt’s hard to believe how fast the summer is going by and how quickly our Walk to End Alzheimer’s events are happening! Our first Walk is Saturday, August 17 in St. Joseph. Please see the article below on a wonderful new family team from that Walk. Also, please take a look at our Walk sponsors listed below. We would not be able to host these wonderful events which support our mission without their help! There are great people behind these company names who are true champions for the Alzheimer’s Association and the families we serve. If you have not registered for your local Walk yet, please do so today! The time is now!

AAIC 2013Last month, over 4,000 leading researchers from over 70 countries gathered in Boston for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference - the largest Alzheimer’s conference in the world. Each year, we get closer and closer to unlocking the secrets of Alzheimer’s disease, and this year was no exception. Promising information on a diabetes drug, later retirement age and some types of cancer all are being linked to a lower risk of dementia. Also, it was found that online testing for Alzheimer’s was NOT effective. Please see these new releases and other updates at

African-Americans and Alzheimer's diseaseResearch is a critical piece of our mission but so is the care and support of our families living with Alzheimer’s now. We were excited to learn that we are receiving grant monies to launch a new program for outreach into our African American communities. We couldn’t be happier! We know that African Americans are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias - 2-3 times more likely than their Caucasian counterparts. Our mission is to be an ongoing resource for education and support to all of our families, and through the help of some great communities partners, we are hoping to reach more of our African American families through local churches and other groups.

Enjoy the rest of the summer with your families! I look forward to seeing many of you at our Walks!

My best,
Jennifer Howard Signature 


Education, Support and Online Resources
Community Education Programs:  Locate an education program in your community or call us at 800.272.3900 if you are interested in bringing one of our programs to your community, senior center, office, church, chamber of commerce, etc. Our chapter is offering The Basics in August in communities hosting our Walks this Fall.  

Caregiver Support Groups:  Locate a support group in your community to get support from others who understand what you are going through

Online Resources:


Meet the New Chapter Staff
Lindsay Bacon.jpgLindsay Bacon is the new Public Policy Director - working for both our chapter and the Greater Michigan Chapter - overseeing public policy initiatives for the state.  Lindsay comes to us from the National Kidney Foundation where she served as their Public Policy Coordinator. 

You can reach Lindsay at or 734.320.8898.

Rachel TannerRachel Tanner is our new Senior Walk Manager, who will be managing Walks in Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Muskegon and Ludington.  Rachel comes to us
from the American Cancer Society where she organized Relay For Life events on the west side of the state.  

You can reach Rachel at or in the Kalamazoo office at 269.342.1482.


2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Walk LogoThe Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a united movement to reclaim the future for millions and raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Do a little BIG thing!  Participate in Walk!

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  Find a 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer's near you


walk champions clubJoin the Walk to End Alzheimer's Champion Club!
Walk to End Alzheimer’s is counting on you to lead the way! Raise $500 for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and you’ll join the elite ranks of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champions Club. Learn more about club and what special benefits its members receive - learn more...

Congratulations to the top 20 Chapter Walkers
who have already joined the Champions Club:

1. Kimberly Laney $2,971
2. Joan Crowhurst $1,396
3. Kathy Coats $1,200
4. Mary Olson $1,000
5. Ruthann Sterenberg $960
6. Stefanie Riggs $825
7. Maryjane Zadonick $800
8. Stephanie Barnhill $775
9. Annabel Stein $770
10. David Downey $720
11. Aimee Brooks $610
12. Spring Arbor Assisted Living Center $602
13. Liv Coe $600
14. Seth Barnhill $590
15. Lauren Smith $578
16. Barb Hamlin $560
17. Lindsay Mann $536
18. Kendall Rhode $520
19. Terry Streetman $520
20. Julie Duesing $515

Sign of SupportSign of Support
Voice your support of a local Walk by purchasing
a sign to be displayed on the Walk route

$100 = First Sign of Support
$50 = Each Additional Sign of Support

Download the form

Questions? | 800.272.3900  

JOB POSTING:  If you are interested in joining our chapter's Walk Team, we are seeking a full-time Walk Manager to be responsible for year-round coordination and implementation of regional Walks to End Alzheimer’s. The position is located in the main office in Chelsea. Click here for a more comprehensive job description.    


Meet a Walk Team Leading the Way
Gayle DanielTeam Gayle’s Gems will be joining the movement to end Alzheimer's disease by taking part for the first time in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on August 17 in St. Joseph at a new location this year – Silver Beach Carousel.

Three years ago, Team Captain Liz Calo’s mom Gayle Daniel was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) at the age of 63.  Gayle is a retired 3rd grade teacher who touched many lives through her love and dedication to all the children who passed through her classroom during her 20 year tenure.   She continues to be a blessing to the Stevensville community, a member of the St. Joseph Church of Christ and always a willing servant to anyone in need.  

Their family’s journey with FTD has been a difficult one - full of many challenges.  However, Gayle has been continually surrounded by so much love, support and strength.  Liz says, “This disease is one that affects the entire family, and the support has truly kept us going each step of the way in our care for mom.”

Their walk team consists of family (including Gayle’s husband Clyde, their children and grandchildren), friends and church members who have come together to show their love and support for this amazing woman.  Their hope is to raise awareness and funds to contribute to the research and treatment of brain diseases such as FTD, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  Liz adds, “In honor of the many ways my mom has deeply touched the lives of those around her, we are ALL on board to Walk to End Alzheimer's!”  Their team is currently in 2nd place on the team honor roll - raising $2,065 in a short amount of time.

If your family is personally affected by FTD, Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and you want to learn more about how your family can register for the walk, please visit or call 800.272.3900.  

What's your reason to walk?  Please find a walk near you and register your family today.


Top Walk Sponsors, Champion Teams and Media Partners
There is still time to join these top supporters and learn more about the local recognition benefits available, view and download the Sponsorship Opportunities and Commitment Form.  

Hospice of Michigan 400w       

CoSozoBoomersRock 400w

United Methodist Retirement Communities

The Best of Aging 100w65h

Cambrian Memory Care 100w65h      Consumers Credit Union 100w65h     Independence Village 100w65h     Jackson 100w65h
  Lloyd Ganton 100w65h    Mareck 100w65h      University of Michigan 250w     Woodland Terrace 100w65h

 WKHM 100w65h     WLNS 100w65h      WSYM Fox 47 100w65h


Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
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. 
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