August 2012 eNewsletter Masthead



  • State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • Walk to End Alzheimer's
  • Offering Early-Stage Alzheimer's Programs
  • Upcoming events

The State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease is here

Kathleen_Headshot.jpgIf you haven’t already been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, chances are you will. The number of people living with this devastating disease has risen by a third in the last decade, and as the population ages we expect that number to keep growing. Alzheimer’s affects all of us – family members who serve as caregivers, the health care system faced with a growing number of patients, taxpayers, employers, and of course those battling this disease.

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. It causes changes in one’s memory, behavior, and ability to think clearly. It is the sixth leading cause of death in America, and the only disease among the top ten with no way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. Our goal is a world without Alzheimer’s, but until that can be achieved, we must ensure people impacted by the disease have the information and support they need. This includes an assurance that care and other services are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible.

During the past two years, a diverse group of experts, public officials, and people impacted by the disease have been working together to craft a state plan for Alzheimer’s disease. After considerable public input and discussions with a variety of stakeholders, the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia is here.

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Speak Your Mind – Town Hall Meetings

After about two years of hard work and public input, the State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Oregon has been released! At the press conference on July 30th, we were joined by our partners in the task force that crafted the plan. Bill Whitney and his daughter Marya Kain were the highlight of the event as they spoke about the need for this plan from the perspective of a family living with Alzheimer's.

The plan can be viewed at our website or at This state plan is intended to be a starting point for ways to improve the services available to Oregonians impacted by Alzheimer's, and the state government is already moving forward on several recommendations.

We will need your help to make this plan a reality – so please come to a town hall meeting near you to find out more about the state plan, the National Alzheimer's Plan, and how you can get involved.

Upcoming Town Halls: 

  • August 16th – Pendleton (4 - 6 pm, Pendleton City Hall)
  • August 18th – Bend (10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Bend Senior Center)
  • August 25th – Portland (10 - noon, Alzheimer’s Association office)
  • August 30th – Salem (4 - 6 pm, Salem Hospital Building C)

    Walk to End Alzheimer's

    Walk_Ad_2012.jpgWalk season is almost here! Have you formed your Walk team yet? If not, you can do so today by visiting You can also register as an individual as well. Visit our Walk page for more information.

    Portland Walk to End Alzheimer's
    Sunday, September 23
    Portland International Raceway 

    Cascade Coast Walk to End Alzheimer's
    Sunday, October 14
    Alton Baker Park – Eugene, OR 

    Southern Oregon Walk to End Alzheimer's
    Sunday, September 8
    Old South Medford High School


    Volunteer for the 2012 Walk

    Walk to End Alzheimer’s is just around the corner!

    Whether you’re new to Walk or have been walking with us for years we can use your help as a volunteer! Volunteers for Walk can help in many ways including set-up, registration, greeting, orientation, and more. Shifts are available at various times throughout the day and many of them still allow you time to participate in the Walk! There are options for everyone: young and old, groups, individuals, and families.

    Show your support for Walk to End Alzheimer’s and volunteer!

    Please contact Sam Ellingson, Community Engagement Manager, for information about volunteering: 
    503-416-0213 or

    We hope to see you there!

    Early Stage Alzheimer's Programs

    Early Stage Memory Loss Series: We are busy recruiting for the upcoming Early Stage Memory Loss Series, which begins at the end of August. 

    Early Stage Support Groups: These groups are designed for people with a diagnosis to periodically come together to discuss the challenges of this disease and strategies for coping and moving forward. 

    Memories in the Making: MiM is in the middle of its second round. 

    Sing Here Now: We are also currently recruiting for Sing Here Now, our early stage memory loss choir, which will begin at the end of September.

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    Upcoming Cause Champion Events
    (all proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association) 

    Arbor's Walk for a Cure: Carnival!
    Saturday, August 18, 10 am - 2 pm
    Games, friends, and BBQ - $10 admission
    Contact: 503-671-9474

    Car Show & Gourmet Barbecue
    Wednesday, August 22, 5 pm - 7 pm
    Car show, silent auction, live band, raffles, and gourmet BBQ - $5
    Contact: 503.292.7874

    Concert on the Green
    Tuesday, August 28, 6 pm
    VIP Mixer from 5 - 8 pm 
    Contact: 503-257-7946

    22nd Annual Ed Eggen Memorial Golf Tournament
    Thursday, September 20 at 1 pm
    Charbonneau Golf Course in Wilsonville
    Contact: 503-699-0618

    Lift the Darkness - The Colleen Marie Memorial Concert for World Alzheimer's Day
    September 21 at 7 pm
    First Congregational United Church of Christ
    Featuirng John Nilsen, the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland, and other special guests
    Admission is free

    Donate Your Used Vehicle
    We accept used vehicle donations through the Volunteers of America Vehicle Donation Program. Please direct your gift to the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter. To donate, call 503-239-7944

    Reason to Hope

    Reason to Hope Community LuncheonPlease consider being a Table Host for our upcoming Reason to Hope Luncheon in November. This event is an important fundraiser for our Chapter and, just as importantly, it is an opportunity to educate and inspire people about the valuable services we provide for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and their caregivers. 

    Table Hosts are absolutely essential to the success of this event. Almost all guests attend because they receive a personal invitation from someone they know. 

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    Make a Difference. Donate today!

    Your contributions make a difference in the lives of Oregonians with Alzheimer's and their care partners. Please consider giving a one-time gift or joining the Sustainers Circle by making a monthly recurring donation!

    Corporations and Organizations
    Fulfill your marketing and philanthropic goals! Consider sponsoring an upcoming event.

    Contact Development Director Tracy Morgan: 503-416-0211  

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