Alzheimer's Association

Welcome to our monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on everything happening in our chapter's 7,400 square mile area. Please send any feedback, information on your fundraising efforts and pictures to Kristy at

Our holiday gift guide makes shopping easier

Join us TONIGHT at Our Annual Holiday Open House /
2nd Annual Holiday Tree of Hope Ornament Contest 

Tuesday, December 18th. 

tiny purple arrow   RSVP for our Holiday Open House by calling Sherry Warren at 757.459.2405 or emailing Then stop by between 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at our Norfolk Office (6350 Center Drive, Suite 102) on Tuesday, December 18 to enjoy holiday treats, cheer, and the announcement of the ornament contest winner! 


Traveling with Dementia / Holidays and Alzheimer's Families

If a person has Alzheimer's or other dementia, it doesn't mean he or she can no longer participate in meaningful activities such as travel; but it does require planning to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.

Year-End Giving

Make a tax-deductible donation to the Alzheimer's Association and help fight Alzheimer's disease through vital research and essential support programs and services. Researchers are coming closer to developing more accurate ways to diagnose Alzheimer's and treat the disease. Much of what we've learned has been in the last 15 years even though the disease has probably been around since the time of Hippocrates.

Your donations provide support and education to families living with the daily challenges of Alzheimer's, further innovative research methods, and provide HOPE to all affected. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Contrary to popular belief, we are not government-funded. The money we receive comes from events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer's, supporters in our local communities and corporate sponsors who partner with us to further our mission. Consider being an important part of this mission by making a donation today.

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Annual Report 2012

Our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2012
(July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012) is now available.

If you would like a hard copy, please call our office or you can view the report online. Some highlights from the report are:

  • The chapter responded to 2,042 calls on our 24/7 Helpline.
  • Our 35 support groups held 334 (27 early stage) total meetings. 113 diagnosed and 1,141 caregivers attended these meetings. 
  • 136 family and community education programs reached 3,456 individuals this year. 
  • And much more!

How would you feel if your traditional family recipes were lost forever? 

Recipes to Remember 2

  Most likely awful! Most people don’t realize that cooking is one of the first activities affected for individuals with Alzheimer’s who were the primary cooks in the family and the effects are felt by their loved ones who enjoyed their meals for many years. Family recipes are the heart of tradition, and if they are lost family heritage is lost too.

In spring of 2006, when Barbara Magro heard the diagnosis of her mother’s disease and witnessed her mother’s decline, she set out to preserve her family recipes that were at the heart of her upbringing. Recipes to Remember - My Epicurean Journey to Preserve my Mother’s Italian Cooking from Memory Loss is the result. This heartwarming book showcases the soul-satisfying food of an Italian-American family through generational recipes and stories around them that were saved before they were lost to the jaws of Alzheimer’s disease. This book will make a great holiday gift! As seen in the Wall Street Journal, Daytime TV and WPLG 10 Miami. 

tiny purple arrow To purchase a book for $30, please call us at 757.459.2405 or stop by the office. $5 from each book sold through our office will be donated to our chapter. We will also have books available for purchase at our Holiday Open House. Please make checks payable to Barbara Magro and send to Alzheimer's Association, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Parrot Heads
16th Annual Bonnie Harrell Parrot Head Beach Ball - "Last Mango in Paris"

February 2, 2013. 

tiny purple arrow Order your tickets now for this fun event in Virginia Beach before they sell out! Tickets are $75. Food, dancing, silent & live auctions, live music and more! Please call Gino Colombara at 757.459.2405 to purchase. View pictures from last year.


YAAA! Upcoming Events

YAAA! is our young professionals group. Most members are 21 to 45+. If you are interested in joining YAAA!, email View more information about YAAA! or "Like" the YAAA! Facebook Page.

o January 31 - New Member Interest Social. YAAA! is recruiting new members! Stop by anytime after work between 6 and 8 p.m. to this informal networking social. Location TBA.

o SAVE THE DATE: March 2nd - 3rd Annual Black Tie Bowling Event. Cheasapeake AMF. More details to come! If you are interested in sponsorship opportunites or how you can get involved, please contact YAAA! at

o Peninsula Young Professionals: We are now recruiting for YAAA's on the Peninsula. If you are interested, please email


Other Upcoming Events

You can help by sharing these events with your friends!

Aromas Coffee Friendraiser 
Anytime. Aromas Specialty Coffees & Gourmet Bakery, Williamsburg and Newport News locations. Aromas will donate $3.00 per pound of coffee purchased (with this coupon). 

Tina Micula's Music Downloads Friendraiser
Anytime. 50% of the proceeds from the downloads of Just 3 Words and I'm Still Here will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter. More information on how to purchase the music or a special DVD.

Media Advocacy Volunteer Training
January 24, 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. We need YOUR voice! Would you like to become a volunteer media advocate for the Alzheimer's Association?  What exactly does a media advocate do? If you are interested in writing letters to the editor, blogging, sharing information on social media, or speaking on the radio, TV, and to print publications, please sign up, we need your voice! Victory Family YMCA, 101 Long Green Boulevard, Yorktown. RSVP to Kristy Wyngaarden at

Local Educational Classes Coming Up

Orientation to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Orientations are offered free by the Alzheimer’s Association to family caregivers. Registration is required at least 2 business days in advance, call 800.272.3900. Participants will receive the Alzheimer’s Association’s local resource manual, Getting Started.
o January 8, 6 - 8 p.m., Norfolk.
o January 9, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Franklin.
o January 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Suffolk.
o January 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hampton.
o January 16, 1 - 3 p.m., Norfolk. 

Family Caregiver Education

Education classes for families and friends are offered free by the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is required at least 2 business days in advance, call 800.272.3900 or email
Living with Alzheimer's Series - Middle-Stage. January 8 (Part 1), January 15 (Part 2), January 22 (Part 3). 2-4 p.m. Location: Victory YMCA, 101 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown. RSVP required at 800.272.3900.
Living with Alzheimer's Series - Late-Stage. January 29. 2-4 p.m. Location: Victory YMCA, 101 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown. RSVP required at 800.272.3900.


Thank you to our Major Corporate Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Riverside Logo 2012
Gold Sponsors 
Province Place Corporate Sponsor 2012 2013

Silver Sponsor
Comfort Keepers 2012 Logo
Thank you, advertisers!:

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, advertising, or just want to get your company involved, contact Gino Colombara at

Support groups are also taking place each month.

Educational classes and orientations on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

More fun events to benefit the chapter.

Free Professional Dementia Training Sessions.

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