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July 2013 


A Message from Jennifer Howard, Executive Director
Jennifer HowardTax Check OffI am so happy to share amazing news that represents a huge victory for all of our families in Michigan. The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Tax Check Off legislation was passed through the House and Senate and signed by Governor Snyder on June 27! This means that Michiganders will have the option of donating directly to the Alzheimer’s Association through their state tax income forms. The monies generated through these funds will go directly towards programs and services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease in Michigan! This will allow us to reach so many more families who need our help! Thank YOU to all of our advocates who sent emails, made phone calls and traveled to Lansing to tell their stories. Thank you also to Gretchen Smith, who testified in front of the taxation committee to make this happen. On behalf of all of us at the Alzheimer’s Association and the families we serve, a special thank you goes out to Representative Matt Lori and Senators John Pappageorge and Rebekah Warren - sponsors of our bills. Thank you for your leadership and care!

2009 Father's Day Premium - Golf BallsThe Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter just hosted its 17th annual Ann Arbor Charity Golf Outing on July 8, and it was a huge success! We almost filled the course with 143 golfers! We also surpassed our goal of $67,000 gross revenue raised! This event would not happen without the love and support of our Event Chair - State Representative and Democratic Floor Leader David Rutledge. David has been chairing this event since its inception 17 years ago and has been such a great friend to our chapter. Thank you, David! I also want to extend my sincere thanks to our presenting sponsors - Bill Young from Absopure and David Lusk from EQ. Also, my sincere thanks goes out to Ambassador Ronald Weiser - our Platinum Sponsor. I want to send a personal thank you to Lauren Smith, a caregiver and inspiration who traveled to Ann Arbor to speak to our golfers about her story. Thank you, Lauren! Thank you also to all of our sponsors and golfers for making this such a fun outing!

AAIC 2013This year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 (AAIC®) is hosted by the great city of Boston, Massachusetts. The conference runs from July 13-18. To find more information, please visit We look forward to updating you on the latest research breakthroughs and will keep our Facebook page updated as news breaks!

hp-walk-banner.jpgTake good care of yourselves this summer and don’t forget to register for your local Walk to End Alzheimer’s! We already have over 160 teams registered for this season! We are also excited to host our first Walk right here in Chelsea starting at our main office at the Clocktower Building! Please join us! Register for a walk near you...

My best,

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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 Know the 10 Signs in July and 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:


The Longest Day
This year's The Longest Day was a HUGE SUCCESS!
Special thanks to the 21 teams who participated in Michigan!

Start thinking now about putting together a team for 
June 21, 2014 to do what you love to do!

Questions?  Lori Ezrow | | 734.475.7043 


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 POSTER:  Want to help us spread the word about your local Walk?  Find your Walk website, click on Event Details and then click on DOWNLOAD AND DISTRIBUTE THE WALK POSTER. Put one up in your local grocery store, library, hair salon, gas station, video store, movie theater, convenience store, community board, employee breakroom, etc.

Questions? | 800.272.3900  

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


Meet a Walk Team Leading the Way
Claire DurocherThe Dargis Family - Les Éclaires is a French Canadian team participating for the first time in the Ann Arbor Walk to End Alzheimer’s. They walk to honor the life of their mother, grandmother, wife, sister, cousin, aunt, and all around Wonder Woman - Claire Durocher. She was a wonderful mother to her 5 children, grandmother to 11 loving grandkids, and wife to her husband of 40+ years. She dedicated her life to caring for others, working as a nurse and being an active volunteer member of her church. She was also very active in local politics. 

Claire’s granddaughter Anne-Catherine says, “She was originally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Shortly thereafter, her dementia was accompanied by tremors and other physical manifestations, and she was re-diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia at 65 years old. She was then admitted to a facility to better care for her changing needs. The Alzheimer’s Association provided our family with a lot of information about dementia.” 

Unfortunately, Claire passed away in 2008 at the age of 75.  The family has thought about starting a walk team for awhile now, but when Claire’s daughter Genevieve Dargis turned 50 years old earlier this year, she asked family and friends to make donations towards their family’s walk team in lieu of gifts. They walk so no family has to suffer the same loss that they did by raising awareness and funds to fight this terrible disease. They walk to advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer's and provide programs to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans (and Canadians!).

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

The Best of Aging 100w65h      United Methodist Retirement Communities

Cambrian Assisted Living 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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