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Feature Stories

Read about Hoosiers providing support and education to the thousands of Indiana families affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Cathy Light: Advocating in her mother's memory
“The world for her got a lot smaller, but it’s more important that the people who matter were there [during her final moments].” For Cathy Light of Jasper, Ind., Mother’s Day will be different without her mom, who lived with Alzheimer’s until her death in March. Read how Cathy honors her memory by advocating for Hoosier families facing this disease.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Molly and Reese Godby
For The Longest Day, Zionsville, Ind., mother-daughter duo Molly and Reese Godby are filling neighborhood lawns with flocks of pink flamingos. At just 12 years old, Reese wants to honor her grandmother, Lee, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s, by raising funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Learn more about their “DIY-style” fundraiser.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Christina Brown
Christina Brown, clinical research manager for Alzheimer’s clinical trials at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, knows dementia both professionally and personally. Christina’s grandmother, Pearl Hay, was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 96. Learn more about how Christina honors Pearl through her upcoming Kentucky Derby fundraiser on 5/5 for the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day.

Greater Indiana Chapter Volunteer Spotlight: Dayna Firestone
After losing her father to Alzheimer's, Dayna Firestone decided to join the fight against Alzheimer's by volunteering for the Greater Indiana Chapter in Sullivan and Greene Counties. Read more about all Dayna does for the Association, and how she finds joy in each role.

The Longest Day Spotlight: Meet Beth Karanovich
“It’s hard to go and see your dad when the person you’re looking at isn’t the person he is anymore,” says Beth Karanovich, Clinton, Ind., elementary school teacher and caregiver for her father, Ed, who is in the late stage of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about how Beth joins Ed’s nursing facility in the fight against Alzheimer’s through the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day fundraising event.  

Walk to End Alzheimer's Q&A: Dave and Phyllis Ferrell
Lebanon, Ind., residents David and Phyllis Ferrell are using their influence to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s and support available as co-chairs for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Indianapolis, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Learn more about the Ferrells and their passion to end Alzheimer’s.

Would you like to share your personal story or journey with Alzheimer's disease? Contact in.communication@alz.org to speak with us about opportunities!

 

Ask the Helpline Blog


Our Information & Referral Manager answers common questions asked on our Helpline, 800.272.3900. Have a question of your own? Call 800.272.3900 or email Kristen Jenkins at kjenkins@alz.org.      

Ask the Helpline: Dementia and Driving
“My mom is still driving. Last month, she got a ticket for driving the wrong way on a one-way road. The police officer said she was very confused when he stopped her. My brother and I agree that we don’t think she needs to be driving anymore, but how do we have that conversation?” Read tips on how families can make sound decisions regarding driving ability and safety for their loved one with dementia.  

Ask the Helpline: Clinical studies in Indiana
"It seems like we hear about a new drug being tested for Alzheimer’s disease every day – but we never see it being used or released as a treatment. Will we ever find a cure?" Read about clinical studies in Indiana and how our Education Conference on 5/4 addresses the need for continued research.

This Tax Season, Consider the Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, including 110,000 Hoosiers. The costs associated with Alzheimer’s can be staggering for families, with average out-of-pocket costs for health care and long-term care services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance exceeding $10,000 annually. Making plans in advance can help ease the burden on loved ones. Read more for planning tips.  

Ask the Helpline: Positive Communication Strategies
"My father has been living with Alzheimer's disease for three years now.  He's always been a very happy, outgoing guy but lately he has been having days where he seems unnerved and paranoid.  Is there any advice you could give me to make him less agitated?  Read the Greater Indiana Chapter's recommendations for positive communication strategies.

The Power of Music
"My mom is beginning to show early signs of memory loss. There are times when I can tell she is sad or stressed about something, but she just seems so emotionally isolated now a days. Is there anything I can do to help her feel not so alone?" Read the Greater Indiana Chapter’s recommendations to on how to connect with people living with Alzheimer’s through music.

Chapter Newsletters

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter newsletter will be discontinued as of June 2017. To stay up-to-date on upcoming fundraising events, education programs and volunteer opportunities, subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter and follow our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. View our printed newsletter in digital format below.

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Chapter Media Releases

Aug. 8, 2017    People in Early Stage of Alzheimer's Disease Make Their Voices Heard 
     
Aug. 3, 2017    Alzheimer's Association Early Investigators Research Award Given to Four Indiana Students 
     
June 19, 2017    Alzheimer's Association Hires Chapter Executive
     
June 1, 2017    June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month 
     
May 17, 2017    Education Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Held June 2 
     
March 30, 2017    Alzheimer's Association to Award Early Investigators Research Scholarship 
     
March 23, 2017    Alzheimer’s Association and Bankers Life Unite
in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s
     
March 8, 2017    Alzheimer's Association Executive Director to Retire 
     
March 7, 2017    New Alzheimer’s Association Report Shows Growing Cost and Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Nation’s Families and Economy 
     
Feb. 2, 2017   African-Americans are Twice as Likely to have Alzheimer's Disease or Another Dementia than Whites

Dec. 16, 2016   Alzheimer's Association Awards Grant to Indiana University Scientist for Research Critical to Understanding Alzheimer's


 

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