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In the news archive 2010

 

 

 

 

 

December 22, 2010

Opinion piece by Paul Rusk, Executive Director, "Detentions: An example in Dane County"

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - In response to the Journal Sentinel's heart-wrenching stories concerning emergency detentions, we must emphasize that difficult or catastrophic behaviors in persons with dementia are not inevitable consequences of this disease.

In Dane County, we have developed a model program to deal with this issue by utilizing a small team of experts, who, within days, assess the individual's situation, make recommendations, such as a more definitive diagnosis, medication changes and individualized daily routine, to name a few.

The team provides the training necessary to successfully place the person back into the setting he or she came from. With the proper medical intervention and supporting dementia specific techniques, we have found that in many cases emergency detentions can be prevented.

We know that providing an environment and interactions in which the person with the disease is able to experience trusting relationships results in calmer and more contented individuals. It is the absence of feeling secure, safe and understood that causes increased anxiety and eventually aggression. We believe southeastern Wisconsin could benefit from an innovative and flexible program such as the program in Dane County.

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December 20, 2010

For The Record with Neil Heinen

WISC-TV - Paul Rusk, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance, and Jean Bachuber, Director of Memory Care at Oak Park Place, discuss Alzheimer's and dementia-related issues with Neil Heinen.

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November 1, 2010

The spectrum of caregiving

Carol Koby, WTDY, All About Living - Most caregiving falls upon family members who take on the unpaid responsibility of caring for a loved one with little or no training and often juggling a job and a family at the same time. Hear what it means to be a caregiver, understand the new path your life is taking, what the unique demands are when dementia is involved, and how to confront end of life issues...

Guests: Marilyn Lawler, Independent Living, Inc. Pat Wilson, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin and Margo Belz, HospiceCare, Inc. Includes details on the November 10 Caregiver Forum, Empowered Caregiving, in Madison.

Read more about the program and the Caregiver Forum

Audio file (MP3), 48.01 min.

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October 2, 2010

Dane County Alzheimer's Walk/Open 5K Run at Warner Park

Dana Brueck, NBC15 - Every 70 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's. At the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance's 12th annual walk/run, Curt Peternell shares why he joined in the run for his dad and illustrates how Alzheimer's affects people of all ages.

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September 13, 2010

Family members share their experience with dementia and why they walk for the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance

Carleen Wild, NBC15 - Ann Shensky and her mother Pat Davis, daughter and wife of Bill Davis respectively, discuss what they face with Bill's dementia, how the Alliance has helped their family, and why they'll be walking October 2 at Warner Park.

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September 6, 2010

Fourth annual Columbia County Alzheimer's Walk to be held September 12

Janet Wiegel commemorative painting Columbia Co. Alzheimer's Walk 2010Columbus Journal - The Columbus Area Senior Center has organized a team again this year. Dorothy Harris of Columbus is the captain ... Contributions and fundraising are encouraged, but not required to participate. Anyone who contributes at least $10 can have a name added to the border of this year's commemorative painting and read aloud at the walk to honor and remember those with the disease...

Full article (PDF), "Fourth annual Columbia County Alzheimer's Walk..."

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September 2, 2010

Dementia cases expected to rise in county: Alzheimer’s group plans walk to help support programs for residents dealing with disease

Grant County Herald Independent - Over the next 15 years, the number of cases of Grant County seniors being diagnosed with either Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia are expected to rise by more than 15 percent, according to the non-profit organization looking to help those affected by the disease in southwest Wisconsin which is planning its annual fundraiser this month...

Full article (PDF), "Dementia cases expected to rise..."

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September 2, 2010

Alzheimer’s strikes close to home

Mark and JoEllen WaddellTim Damos, News Republic - Mark and JoEllen Waddell of Baraboo are thinking people. As educators who enjoyed challenging their minds on a daily basis, they used to read the same books, attend plays together and engage in thought-provoking discussions. That changed in 2006 when Mark, then a professor at UW Baraboo/ Sauk County and playwright with two masters degrees, noticed he was having trouble focusing. "I just couldn't make sense of things as well as I used to," Mark said. "I went to the dean and said, ‘I quit.'"

Mark had developed younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, a much rarer form of the disease that affects people before age 65. Mark was 56 when he was diagnosed...

Full article (PDF), "Alzheimer's strikes close to home"

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September 1, 2010

Windows in time: 4th Annual Columbia County Alzheimer’s Walk coming up

JoAnne Genrich and Alice BueJen McCoy, Daily Register - There are little, spontaneous windows in time when JoAnne Genrich can see the mother she had before dementia. "She said, ‘I used to do this for you' ... And I said, ‘I had a good teacher,'" said Genrich, who makes her home in Portage. "When she says, ‘Oh, that's JoAnne,' you hold onto those moments. They're small, little windows."

Genrich, 61, is the Honorary Family Chairwoman for the 4th Annual Columbia County Alzheimer's Walk in Portage. Her mother, Alice Bue, 89, resides at AmericanWay Assisted Living in Portage for specialized care of memory loss or dementia. She was diagnosed with vascular dementia about six years ago and Genrich visits her each day...

Full article (PDF), "Windows in time..."

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August 6, 2010

"The Art of Living with Alzheimer's"

John Stofflet, NBC 15 - An area woman is using her love for photography to help battle Alzheimer's disease. Friday, Mary Kay Baum showed off her nature photos at the Iowa County Boardroom in Dodgeville. Baum began taking photos after she found it helped her cope with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease. She says photography has helped her forget about all of her worries. "When I can concentrate on one part of the beautiful universe I'm getting away from all of my worries and it's almost like guided meditation. " Mary Kay Baum is a volunteer and board member with the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Just a reminder - teams are forming right now for their seven area fundraising walks in September and October. NBC15's John Stofflet will be out at the Dane County Walk at Warner Park Saturday, October 2nd.

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May 25, 2010

Program helps Alzheimer’s patients cope

Kathy King, WISC-TV -The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance's "Meeting of the Minds" program is helping people cope with Alzheimer's disease. View how members are sharing experiences to give help and hope to others.

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May 12, 2010

Intimacy and aging: Sexual intimacy as we age is becoming a very hot topic

Carleen Wild, NBC15 - Mary Salzeider, with the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance, says there needs to be policies and procedures in place so that when an issue related to intimacy comes up in a facility (such as involvement with someone who may not be a spouse, public displays of affection, privacy concerns, or a families objections) everyone can better deal with it. As Mary says, "(The) most important thing is we need to be loved. To feel we're being loved until the moment we die."

Full article (PDF) "Intimacy and aging..."

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April 12, 2010

Carol Koby: Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance Benefit interview with Sly in the Morning on 1670 WTDY

All About Living Host Carol Koby talks about the special upcoming Wine and Roses event that benefits Wisconsin's Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance. She also discusses Alzheimer's and other dementias, as well as how the Alliance can be of help.

Audio file (MP3) of Sly's interview, 13:45 min.

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March 5, 2010

Meyer bill requires written consent for 'black-boxed' drugs: Risperdal death sparked legislative effort

Richard Moore, The Lakeland Times - A bill by state Rep. Dan Meyer (R-Eagle River) would require nursing homes to obtain written informed consent when an antipsychotic drug that has received a federal Food and Drug Administration black box warning is prescribed for a patient with a degenerative brain disorder ... At the hearing, Rob Gundermann, the public policy director of the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, testified in support of the measure. "If I get Alzheimer's disease and someone wants to give me a drug that has a specific black box warning stating that I am 'at an increased risk of death' and 'is not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis,' I want someone to tell my family and get permission to use that drug before someone who might not care about me as much as my family starts giving it to me," Gundermann said. "I think we would all want that for ourselves..."

Full article (PDF) "Meyer bill requires written consent..."

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February 15, 2010

Matters of the heart - Alzheimer's & Demenia Alliance Of Wisconsin

Carol Koby, radio producer and host of All About Living and Living Minutes, talks about matters of the heart, both physical and mental. Kristin Larson and Danielle Thai, Alliance staff, and Hal Blotner, Alliance volunteer, join her to talk about the wonderful work they do with the Alzeimer's & Dementia Alliance.

Audio file (MP3), 49:44 min.

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January 8, 2010

Alzheimer's group cuts ties to association

Craig D. Reber, Dubuque Telegraph Herald - The South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association has received a major makeover. The association recently announced its separation from the National Alzheimer's Association to become the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Paul Rusk, the association's executive director, explained that while its name has changed, its services, staff, board of directors, local support and commitment to serving people affected by Alzheimer's and dementia in Wisconsin have kept a local focus.

Becky DeBuhr staffs the organization's Grant/Richland regional office in Lancaster. It was established in 2006...

Full article (PDF) "Alzheimer's group cuts ties..."

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