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

The Longest Day

Join us on Friday, June 21, 2013, The Longest Day of the year, as we honor those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Organize a team for this sunrise-to-sunset event and raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This event is about patience, strength and endurance — but it's also about a challenge. On The Longest Day, do something you love — or try something new — to advance the cause! For you, this challenge is one day. For people with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s every day.  Sign up!



Scholarships are available for MedicAlert®+Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® and the Alzheimer’s Association Comfort Zone®

FY13 Safety Month headerThanks to generous donors, our Chapter is able to provide scholarships for MedicAlert®+SafeReturn®, the 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia who wander or who have a medical emergency. Scholarships cover initial enrollment for the individual ($55) and caregiver ($35, if so desired) plus the shipping and handling charges. Each enrolled person receives a stainless steel bracelet with the MedicAlert® logo on top and an 800 number on the back. Identification aids and confidential medical information are maintained in a secure database (accessed through an 800 number) and are available only to first responders to aid searching and treatment when needed.  

The Alzheimer’s Association Comfort Zone® is a web-based GPS location management service that can help individuals stay active and has proven especially helpful to early stage individuals. Comfort Zone automatically includes an enrollment in MedicAlert®+Safe Return® for total coverage. To learn whether Comfort Zone is right for you, call 1.877.259.4850 or visit To apply for this service using a scholarship, contact our local chapter using the Helpline (800.272.3900). The best protection against the problem of getting lost or wandering is to plan ahead and enroll in a program that addresses wandering. Call us today to get more information or obtain an application for these proven services.

 To start the enrollment process please call the Helpline 800.272.3900 and ask for Mary Catherine in the Norfolk office. 


Walk to End Alzheimer's® 

Team Captain & Participant Workshops are Starting Now! 

Attend one of these team captain/participant workshop sessions and learn a comprehensive program including a Walk to End Alzheimer's overview, how to recruit team members, enhance fundraising, maximize donations, the Champions Club and more! Refreshments and a light lunch/dinner will be served. (You only need to attend one! )

Tuesday, June 18, 12  to 1:30 p.m. at Harbourway at Atlantic Shores, 
1217 Alliance DriveVirginia Beach
Thursday, June 20, 5:30-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 
4560 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach
RSVP to by Friday, June 14.

Tuesday, June 25, 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Pacifica Senior Living, 5417 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach
Thursday, June 27, 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Bay Lake Retirement & Assisted Living, 
4225 Shore Drive,Virginia Beach
RSVP to by Friday, June 21. 


Walk Polaroid

Walk is personal. We all have a reason to walk. What's yours? 
Are you willing to share your story with us? If so, send an email to and share a brief 300 words or less on why you participate in Walk.

Alzheimer's isn't waiting. Sign up a team today. 
Visit us at or click on any of the links below.  

Western Tidewater Walk to End Alzheimer's
Saturday, September 21 - Constant's Wharf, 1100 E Constance Road, Suffolk, VA

Farmville Walk to End Alzheimer's
Thursday, October 3- Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 

Eastern Shore Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Saturday, October 5 - Senior Perspectives Office, 9559 Hospital Ave, Nassawadox, VA

South Hampton Roads Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Sunday, October 13 - Neptune Park, 3114 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA

Peninsula Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Saturday, October 19 - Port Warwick, 3100 William Styron Square, Newport News, VA

Williamsburg Walk to End Alzheimer's 
Saturday, October 26 - Matthew Whaley Elementary School, 301 Scotland St, Williamsburg, VA

Old Dominion University Satellite Walk to End Alzheimer's  
Thursday, September 19 - Noon on Kaufmann Mall behind Webb Center. NOTE: You should register on the South Hampton Roads Walk registration website by including ODU in your team name or join an already registered team that has ODU in their name (ie. ODU Monarchs, etc.)


Volunteers - We need YOU!

Walk More Info Volunteers

Fill out a volunteer application

Our biggest needs right now:

Williamsburg Office Volunteer - Help us keep our Williamsburg Office running smoothly. Help with general office tasks and Walk preparation. Must have availability between 9 a.m. & 5 p.m. during the week.

Walk Planning Committee Volunteers - If you want to take your Walk participation to a new level, you can become part of our planning committee. The magic doesn't just happen on Walk day...we rely on truly dedicated volunteers to help us reach our goals and raise awareness in the community. Meetings are starting now! Time commitments are roughly 2-4 hours a month increasing to 5-8 hours a week closer to walk day. 

City Walk Champions - Help spread the word within your own city/community about Walk. These volunteers will work under the Team Recruitment Sub-committee. Volunteer description of City Champion.

For more information, contact: Peninsula and Williamsburg Walks: Barbara Monteith at or 757.812.0638. All other Walks, contact Jennifer Crabtree at or 757.459.2405.



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YAAA! Upcoming Events

YAAA! is our young professionals group. Most members are 21 to 45+. View more information about YAAA! or "Like" the YAAA! Facebook Page.

June 11 -  Monthly Meeting (South Hampton Roads) - 6-8 p.m. AMF Chesapeake. If you are interested in joining YAAA! of South Hampton Roads, email Brooke Floyd, VP of Membership at Facebook Event.

Meeting (Peninsula) TBA - If you are interested in joining YAAA! Peninsula, please email Barbara Monteith, Development Associate at 


Cookbook Friendraiser
How would you feel if your traditional family recipes were lost forever? Most likely awful! When Barbara Magro heard the diagnosis of her mother’s disease in 2006 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. As seen in the Wall Street Journal, Daytime TV and WPLG 10 Miami. To purchase a book for $30, please call us at 757.459.2405. $5 from each book sold through our office will be donated to our chapter. Please make checks payable to Barbara Magro and send to Alzheimer's Association, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

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 June 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Franklin.

o June 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Hampton.
o June 19, 1 - 3 p.m., Norfolk. 
o July 8, 1:30 - 3 p.m., Suffolk.
o July 9, 6-8 p.m., Norfolk.
o As needed in Williamsburg and on the Eastern Shore, please call 800.272.3900 for more information.

Family Caregiver Education

Education classes for families and friends are offered free by the Alzheimer’s Association. The Living with Alzheimer's series is at the Alzheimer's Association Office, 6350 Center Drive, Room 115, Norfolk. Bring a bag dinner. Program takes 2 full hours, please arrive by 5:45 p.m. Call 800.272.3900 or email for more information and to register. You must register in advance.

o June 6- Living with Alzheimer's - Financial Planning


Spring 2013 PDF/Print Newsletter 

Even though you subscribe to our e-newsletter, you still get to read the print newsletter in PDF format too. You can find out what's coming up, the complete support group listing, upcoming trainings, and great articles.

Spring 2013 Newsletter

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Read the full issue now.

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Thank you to our Major Corporate Sponsors!

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

Support groups 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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