New for 2014

Alzheimer's: Hope, Heart, Head and Help! 

Note: The series is capped at 30 participants.

Categories: Work/Life Wellness - Fundamental  

Type: Al a Carte Series

Total Series Time: 8.0 hours (Four – 2 hour sessions)

Make-Ups:  Make-ups are not available for this series. 

Pre-requisites: None

Series Description: This program is a series of education programs that provide answers to the questions that accompany the disease.  The workshops will cover information on:

  • Early-onset (also known as younger-onset)
  • Strategies for lowering the risks of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia
  • Legal and Financial matters
  • Research Updates

You may attend any or all of the workshops.

Presented by: Professional Speaker’s Bureau members for Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Virginia


TD1837: The Science of Hope

Workshop Description: Researchers are working to uncover as many aspects of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as possible. Ninety percent of what we know about Alzheimer's has been discovered in the last 15 years. Some of the most remarkable progress has shed light on how Alzheimer's affects the brain. The hope is this better understanding will lead to new treatments. Many potential approaches are currently under investigation worldwide. 

This presentation gives an overview of the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease and research strategies to prevent, slow or stop these changes.  This session will provide the most updated and recent information on the status of research.

Session Information:
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Duke Club Room, Convocation Center 148, C Entrance


TD1838: Organizing Your Financial and Legal Matters

Workshop Description: It's important for everyone to plan for the future, but legal plans are especially important for a person with Alzheimer's disease. The sooner planning starts, the more the person with dementia may be able to participate.

Making legal plans in advance is important for several reasons. Early planning allows the person with dementia to be involved and express his or her wishes for future care and decisions. This eliminates guesswork for families, and allows for the person with dementia to designate decision makers on his or her behalf. Early planning also allows time to work through the complex legal and financial issues that are involved in long-term care. This session will include: Making plans for health care and long-term care; Making plans for finances and property; and Naming another person to make decisions on behalf of the person with dementia.

Session Information:  
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Duke Club Room, Convocation Center 148, C Entrance


TD1839: The Heart-Head Connection and Brain Health

Workshop Description: The risk of developing Alzheimer's or vascular dementia appears to increase as a result of many conditions that damage the heart or blood vessels. These include high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol. Some autopsy studies show that as many as 80 percent of individuals with Alzheimer's disease also have cardiovascular disease.

Regular physical exercise may be a beneficial strategy to lower the risk of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. Some evidence suggests exercise may directly benefit brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow. Even stronger evidence suggests exercise may protect brain health through its proven benefits to the cardiovascular system. Because of the known cardiovascular benefits, a medically approved exercise program is a valuable part of any overall wellness plan.

Like exercise, diet may have its greatest impact on brain health through its effect on heart health. The best current evidence suggests that heart-healthy eating patterns, such as the Mediterranean diet, also may help protect the brain. A Mediterranean diet includes relatively little red meat and emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and shellfish, and nuts, olive oil and other healthy fats.

Session Information:
Wednesday, August 6, 2014  CANCELLED

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Duke Club Room, Convocation Center 148, C Entrance


TD1840: When Alzheimer’s Strikes at an Early Age

Workshop Description: If you have early-onset (also known as younger-onset) Alzheimer's or another dementia, you can live a fulfilling life. There are many ways to stay active and resources to help. This session will cover planning for the future and offer tips and strategies. 

People with early / younger-onset Alzheimer's and other forms of early-onset dementia face unique challenges when it comes to job decisions, financial issues and future care. Using available resources and talking openly about these issues can help you and your family prepare for the future.  It's important to know that you are not alone. There are many ways to stay active and involved. The disease affects each person differently and symptoms will vary. The Alzheimer's Association can help you and your family.

Session Information:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Duke Club Room, Convocation Center 148, C Entrance

Park in Convo B/E Lots – all regulations for JMU employees will be in effect.

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