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January 2013 


A Message from Jennifer Howard, Executive Director
Jennifer HowardOur chapter is very pleased to present its new and improved eNews.  We are now utilizing the same email software that our organization utilizes for its national eNews, walk participants and pubilic policy advocates.  While this transition offers a large cost savings to our chapter, it also allows us to now reach all of our constituents in one database.  We hope you enjoy this issue, and iyou have any suggestions for future issues, please contact our Communications Director, Lisa Vickers at or 517.999.3336.  If you are also interested in receiving national's weekly eNews to receive the latest news and advances in Alzheimer's treatments, care and research, please visit  


Year End Giving Campaign
NuStep - without white spaceLongtime community partner NuStep Corporation once again offered to match funds donated for the 2012 year end giving campaign - up to $7,000!  So far, we have already raised over $20,000 towards this match.  This was an incredible opportunity for the Alzheimer's Association and for donors to double their contributions.  We want to thank NuStep Corporation for its commitment to ending Alzheimer's and to supporting our communities during this fight! If you would like more information about this program, please call 734.475.7043.

If you would like to make a donation to our chapter in 2013, please send a gift to:
mglcdonate     Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
     310 N. Main Street, Suite 100, Chelsea, MI  48118
     Donate online at  

Your gift will make a difference in the lives of Michigan residents living with Alzheimer's disease and support research to improve treatment, care and prevention.  


Meet the Chapter Board
Sally SchadenSally Schaden joined the chapter’s board in May 2006. She currently serves on the Audit Committee working with the Executive Director to recommend an auditor, facilitate the annual audit process, review and approve the audit for presentation to the board, and review and assist in implementation of appropriate recommendations from the audit. She has also served on the Governance Committee in the past.

She says, “The Board can make a difference in providing the chapter with guidance in setting policy, monitoring the operations of the chapter and supporting programs and events that serve both the person with dementia as well as the caregiver. Due to the strong leadership of the chapter Executive, the board has been able to make much forward movement as a chapter and provide the support needed to the organization for programs and fund development. I enjoy being part of the fund and awareness raising events for the chapter as well as meeting other supporters of the cause. I also value access to information about dementia and its impact. It is helpful information that I am able to share with others who may not be aware or who need assistance”.

As Executive Director, Projects & Systems at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor, Sally's major function is that of a project manager for renovation and campus development broken out into various phases. Following renovation of a 39 year old building they then opened a new state of the art rehabilitation center this past December. Further renovations will be occurring in 2013. She also facilitates the acquisition of certain systems as well as the Compliance and Ethics programs.

Sally has been a long time member of the Ann Arbor community. She set her sights on Glacier Hills when she first entered the field of nursing home administration and joined their team in the mid 1990’s as the administrator. Over the years she has held different administrative positions and has been part of many teams that have seen much change and growth. Sally says, “Though there are challenges to change, the goal of providing and improving services to meet the needs of the older adults we serve has always been the driver for me in meeting these challenges. I see my role on the Alzheimer’s board as one providing mutual sharing and assistance towards meeting these challenges of change.”


Education and Resources
Click to find a local community education program near you:
  • Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
  • The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's
  • Legal and Financial Planning for the Future
  • Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers
  • Understanding Alzheimer's
  • HBO: The Alzheimer's Project
  • Creating Confident Caregivers
If you are interested in bringing one of our programs or series to your community, senior center, office, church, chamber of commerce, etc., please call us at 800.272.3900, and we would be more than happy to schedule it.
If it is more convenient for you to watch one of our programs in the comfort of your own home, you can also participate in our free online e-Learning course training anytime.

Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour
The Brain Tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it.  There are 16 interactive slides. As you view each slide, roll your mouse over any colored text to highlight special features of each image. Then, click on the arrow to move to the next slide. Take the tour now...


25 Years of Making Our VOICE Heard
2013 Advocacy Forum Logo-verticalSince 1989, dedicated Alzheimer's advocates have gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum to share their personal stories, learn about the latest legislative efforts, celebrate policy efforts and urge elected officials to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority - View an interactive timeline of the advances in the last 25 years.

Our advocacy efforts have produced results, and we know that a common goal can, and will, create change. But there is much more to be done. Join us in our nation's capital April 22-24 for the 25th Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum as we once again come together to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.

In honor of the Forum’s 25th anniversary, registration for the 2013 conference is waived! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to participate in the nation’s premier Alzheimer's advocacy event. Registration opens next week at


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. Walks will be held in more than 650 locations this fall throughout the nation.

green register for walk logo     Registration opens Monday, January 21 
     Please visit our website at
     to register for a walk near you

Our chapter is currently looking for passionate and motivated people in the community to join the planning committees to help make the walks successful.  We need volunteers of all ages with a variety of skills and a passion for the cause!  Each committee usually meets once a month, and there is a role for everyone – from recruiting and motivating teams, to soliciting sponsors, to marketing and outreach opportunities, to mission integration, and finally planning the day of event logistics.  If you have a specific talent, want to learn new skills or just want to help end this devastating disease, please contact Laura or Stephanie at or 800.272.3900 to brainstorm about which role works best with your skills and schedule. 


Alzheimer's Early Decection Alliance (AEDA)
PlastipakOur chapter would like to welcome our newest AEDA member - Plastipak Packing, Inc. They recently made a strong commitment to our community by joining AEDA - a group of corporations, non-profits and government entities determined to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Under the leadership of the Alzheimer’s Association, this alliance works to educate people nationwide about the warning signs of Alzheimer's and the importance of early detection.

Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and that number includes friends, family, co-workers and clients of our Michigan companies. Plastipak's membership in the AEDA will give their employees the tools to educate those around them about this devastating disease.

If your company is interested in becoming part of AEDA, please visit or contact Beth Peck at or 734.475.7043.


Upcoming Chapter Events
Alzheimer's Awareness Day  Comerica Park
DETROIT:  Saturday, May 11 | 7:05 PM
Comerica Park
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians

Mark your calendars now to spend the day with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for a fun day at the park while spreading awareness about this devastating disease!  Tickets go on sale soon.

2013 Ann Arbor Charity Golf Outing
ANN ARBOR:  Monday, July 8

Travis Pointe Country Club

Over the last 15 years, this golf outing has raised more than $436,000 for our chapter.  We are very pleased that Representative David E. Rutledge is continuing to chair this annual event.  There are opportunities for sponsorship, team and individual participation.  Please look for more information to be released soon on or contact Lori Ezrow at or 734.475.7043.


Volunteers Needed
keyboardOur chapter is currently looking for individuals to assist with data entry in the Chelsea office during normal business hours between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (flexible hours based on your availability). Basic computer skills required; experience preferred. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of our team, please complete the Volunteer Application and fax it to the number indicated, or you may contact Erica at 734.475.7043 or to get started.


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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