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Central New York Chapter Records Its First-Ever $200,000 Event at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Syracuse

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Saturday’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® at Long Branch Park in Liverpool raised $208,169 to support Alzheimer’s programs and research. Not only did the event break Chapter records for fundraising and participation, but it was the first-time a Central New York Walk to End Alzheimer’s® eclipsed the $200,000 mark.

“I cannot explain in words how incredible this Walk was,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “Everyone outdid themselves this year, from our tireless committee members to the efforts of our team and walkers. I could not be happier and more proud of an event than I am today.”

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More than 1,800 people took part in the event, which began with an emotional opening ceremony led by Jim Teske of WSYR-TV and emcees at Long Branch Park and included a three-mile walk along the Onondaga Lake shoreline. They also learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to further their commitment to the cause. Funds raised at Walk to End Alzheimer’s® provide care and support programs, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Alison Wolfe of Syracuse was the event’s top fundraiser at $2,575. She was a member of Debbie’s Wolfe Pack, which was the top friend and family team, having raised $19,422. Loretto was the top senior care team at $7,103, while the Central New York Chapter Staff team was the top corporate team at $4,381.

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Syracuse, NY
Updated October 6, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Individual Fundraisers

  1. Alison Wolfe, $2,675
  2. Thomas Grooms, $2,445
  3. Jean Carnese, $2,050
  4. Jared Paventi, $1,951
  5. Debbie Wolfe, $1,942

Friends & Family Teams

  1. Debbie’s Wolfe Pack, $19,807
  2. Irish Eyes Are Smiling, $4,124
  3. Walking for Mimi, $3,455
  4. Carl’s Crusaders for a Cure, $2,895
  5. Team Vito the Champion, $2,785

Corporate Teams

  1. Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Staff, $4,331
  2. Siren Studios Tattoo, $3,612
  3. Family Practice Associates, $3,246
  4. SU Alzheimer’s Student Organization, $2,530
  5. Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Board of Directors, $2,525

Senior Care Teams

  1. Loretto, $6,909
  2. St. Camillus AlzStars, $6,189
  3. Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, $5,205
  4. VNA Purple Power Walkers, $3,677
  5. McHarrie Life, $2,376

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Ithaca Hits All-Time Fundraising Mark

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Sunday’s Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Ithaca was a record breaker. More than 500 walkers participated in the fifth annual event at Cass Park, raising $39,090.

“Every year, this community outdoes itself at Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “We’re grateful to our friends new and old in Tompkins and Cortland counties for helping us break this record.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the three-mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Funds raised at the event provide care and support programs, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Steven Yaple from Newfield was the top individual fundraiser at $2,100. He walked as part of Bert’s Buddies, a friends and family team from Newfield, which raised $7,339 and was the top friends and family team. ICOT, a team from Ithaca College’s Occupational Therapy department, was the top fundraising corporate team with $2,020. Cornell Alzheimer’s Health Awareness Club was the top senior care team at $1,439.

Sunday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® was presented by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions.

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Ithaca, NY
Presented by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions

Individual Fundraisers

  1. Steven Yaple, $2,100
  2. Geraldine Egan, $1,040
  3. Kami Drake Epps, $1,000
  4. Lori White, $925
  5. Lea Kassa, $870

Friends & Family Teams

  1. Bert’s Buddies, $7,254
  2. Walking for Papa, $2,770
  3. Brink Family, $1,490
  4. Sheila’s Supporters, $1,300
  5. Walking for Joy, $955

Corporate Teams

  1. ICOT (Ithaca College), $2,220
  2. Gola Osteria, $1,425
  3. Clarity Eye Care, $1,145
  4. SUNY Cortland, $957
  5. Express Employment Professionals, $525

Senior Care Teams

  1. Cornell Alzheimer’s Health Awareness Club, $2,864
  2. Walden Walkers (Walden Place), $1,362
  3. IC A.G.E.S. (Ithaca College Gerontology Institute), $1,327
  4. Team Brookdale (Brookdale Senior Living Solutions), $861
  5. Cayuga Ridge Cruisers (Cayuga Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center), $726

 

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Canton Breaks Fundraising, Attendance Records (UPDATED 10/6/15)

Massena’s Lucia Johnson, Community Bank, and United Journeys Earn Top Fundraising Honors

Canton’s Partridge Run Golf and Country Club played host to Sunday’s record-breaking Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The 14th annual event raised a record-breaking $55,971 and attracted its largest crowd ever.

“Today’s event was a tribute to the hard work and relentlessness of our Canton committee,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “We stand in awe of both their effort and the generosity of those who live here in St. Lawrence county.”

Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants did more than complete the three-mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Funds raised at the event provide care and support programs for the North Country, as well as medical and scientific research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

The Memory Keepers, from left, Charlene Dumas, Stephanie Sedlock, Lucia Johnson, and Marilyn Gollinger.

The Memory Keepers, from left, Charlene Dumas, Stephanie Sedlock, Lucia Johnson, and Marilyn Gollinger.

Lucia Johnson of Massena was the event’s leading fundraiser with $2,867. Memory Keepers, her family’s team, raised $6,168 and earned the top family and friends team honor. The Johnsons walk in memory of Leon Johnson, Lucia’s late husband who courageously fought Alzheimer’s disease until his passing in 2013.

Community Bank, N.A., one of the presenting sponsors for the event, was the top corporate fundraising team with $4,673. United Journey, a team comprised of family and friends of United Helpers’ Maplewood campus, raised $6,554 and was the top senior care team.

Sunday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s® was presented by Blevins Auto Group, Community Bank, N.A., Kinney Drugs Foundation, and Save-A-Lot.

 

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2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — Canton, NY
Presented by Blevins Auto Group, Community Bank, N.A., Kinney Drugs Foundation, and Save-A-Lot

Individual Fundraisers

  1. Lucia Johnson, $2,975
  2. Kortney Trippany, $1,670
  3. Marilyn Gollinger, $1,448
  4. Kay Church, $1,407
  5. Stephanie Sedlock, $1,150

Family and Friends Team

  1. Memory Keepers, $6,506
  2. Forget-Me-Knots, $4,042
  3. Bea’s Brats, $3,052
  4. Mind Savers, $1,811
  5. Team Team, $1,275

Corporate Team

  1. Community Bank, N.A., $4,710
  2. United Healthcare, $2,000
  3. 7 Steeples Methodist, $510
  4. Kinney Drugs, $439
  5. Sprinkle’s, $347

Senior Care Team

  1. United Journey, $6,683
  2. Riverledge Walkers, $1,102
  3. Mosaic Memory Makers, $429

 

Alzheimer’s Association Announces Staffing Changes

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter recently announced the following changes to its staff:

Stephanie Neuman was promoted to Walk to End Alzheimer’s® manager. She joined the Chapter in 2012 as its constituent relations coordinator, where she managed donor relations and the organization’s databases. Neuman previously interned for the Chapter as a college student. She is a graduate of Onondaga Community College and the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Audrey Lawrence and Melinda Sobrado were hired as associate program directors. Both will work to deliver programs and services to individuals, families and caregivers in Central New York. Lawrence graduated from Syracuse University with her master’s in social work in May 2015 and interned with the Alzheimer’s Association during the 2014-15 academic year. She received a bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College of Rochester. Sobrado was previously the activities director at the long-term care division of Watertown’s Samaritan Health Systems. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Potsdam.

Kickoff Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2015 at Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill!

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Click to download your coupon!

Join us at Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill at Destiny USA for our 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Kickoff Party on September 11 and 12. Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will be on hand at the restaurant, located near the mall’s second floor food court from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 11 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.

Visit the party to register for the 2015 Greater Syracuse Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on October 3 at Long Branch Park, and:

  • Pick up team captain packets
  • Get FREE team captain tools like coin canisters, awareness bands and posters
  • UNO-MAIN-4CEnter our raffles for Walk to End Alzheimer’s® prizes
  • Enjoy Happy Hour drink specials, including a special purple drink, on Friday evening
  • Visit Joey & Heather from Movin 100.3/96.5 for their live remote from the event.
  • Learn more about Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

Plus, print the coupon and present it to your server at any time on Friday or Saturday to have 20 percent of your bill donated to Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. You can also receive a free appetizer during the kickoff party times by presenting the coupon.

June Is Alzheimer’s And Brain Awareness Month

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TAKE THE PURPLE PLEDGE

Commemorate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June by taking care of your brain.

The evidence is mounting: Central New York can reduce its risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes. That is the conclusion of a new research summary published in the June 2015 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The number of people in New York with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase by 21.1 percent over the next decade,” said Catherine James, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer, said. “Without a cure, the best way we can reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia is to take better care of our brains.”

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TAKE THE PURPLE PLEDGE

With this in mind, the Alzheimer’s Association offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain, tips that may reduce the risk of cognitive decline:

  1. Break a sweat. Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.
  2. Hit the books. Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.
  3. Butt out. Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.
  4. Follow your heart. Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke – obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes – negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.
  5. Heads up! Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.
  6. Fuel up right. Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.
  7. Catch some Zzz’s. Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.
  8. Take care of your mental health. Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of dementia, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.
  9. Buddy up. Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community – if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.
  10. Stump yourself. Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

In addition to reducing your risk of cognitive decline, these tips may also reduce your risk of dementia. Evidence for reducing risk of dementia is currently strongest in relation to formal education and the avoidance of head injury; other tips show indication of possibly reducing risk. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is one of the nation’s largest public health crises. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible neurological disease that impairs cognition, orientation and functional capacity, and it is the only cause of death among the top 10 life-threatening conditions in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

TAKE THE PURPLE PLEDGE

Cognitive decline is a deterioration in memory or cognition. Although some cognitive decline is expected with age, it is not yet known how this may directly relate to dementia.

Given the growing evidence that people can help reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and in recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month this June, the Alzheimer’s Association is launching a new brain health education program, Healthy Habits for a Healthier You, available through the Central New York Chapter.

In addition to recommending these healthy habits, the Alzheimer’s Association is asking the community to come together and help fight Alzheimer’s disease during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month by doing the following:

  • Take the Purple Pledge at alz.org.
  • Join the Chapter in wearing purple on June 21, and send photos of yourself, family, friends and co-workers wearing purple via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. with the hashtags #ENDALZ and #GoPurple.
  • Participate in The Longest Day®, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease with strength, passion and endurance. Visit alz.org today to start a team to raise funds and awareness.
  • Observe the lighting of Downtown Syracuse’s buildings in purple during Father’s Day Weekend (June 19-21). Four Downtown buildings — KeyBank, National Grid (pending the completion of building renovations), Onondaga Tower, and Syracuse’s City Hall — will take the Purple Pledge in commemoration of the events.
  • Buy a Toyota. Throughout June, Toyota’s New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut service customers will be invited to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at checkout in support of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month and The Longest Day®, a sunrise-to-sunset event to raise awareness and funds for the Association. Customers can also learn about The Longest Day from posters on display in dealerships. All donations will help advance the Association’s care, support and research efforts.

Mohawk Valley Unites for Record-Breaking Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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More than 400 people took the pledge on Sunday to end the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death at the 2015 Greater Utica Walk to End Alzheimer’s Presented by roi Office Interiors. Individual walkers, teams, and corporate supporters banded together at SUNY Polytechnic Institute to raise $65,000, the largest total that the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter has ever raised in the 14-year history of the event.

“We are humbled by the support shown by the community today,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. “We had a passionate committee driven by a cause that impacts so many.”

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Melissa Ryan of Rome was the leading individual fundraiser with $2,248. She was also the captain of the Booz Allen Hamilton team that raised $2,333, making it the top corporate team. Alpine’s Angels, representing Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Little Falls, raised $4,128 and earned top senior care team honors. For the Love of Lou Lou, a family and friends team captained by Mary Snider of Ava, was the top family and friends team at $7,755. Donations submitted through 4 p.m. on June 1, 2015 will count in this year’s total. Money received after the June 1 deadline will count in the 2016 total.

Walkers took part in a three-mile walk through the SUNY Poly campus, learned about how to become Alzheimer’s advocates, and participated in a meaningful ceremony that renewed their commitment to honor, remember and care for those with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, as well as fight to the disease.

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million people nationwide, including 380,000 here in New York State. An additional 1.1 million New Yorkers serve as unpaid caregivers for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia.

roi Office Interiors was the presenting sponsor for the Walk. Based in Rome’s Griffiss Business and Technology Park, roi is a full-service office design and furniture dealer.

Dementia Care 2015 Empowers Caregivers with Practical Solutions

526Dementia Care 2015, Central New York’s only conference for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, will take place on May 20 at the Doubletree Hotel Syracuse, NYS Route 298, East Syracuse. Conference registration is $75 and includes access to all presentations, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and a resource guide.

“Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia experience a myriad of changes that can be confusing both to the person living with the disease and their caregivers,” Katrina Skeval, chief program officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, said. “We assembled our keynote and small group presentations with the intent of explaining the process of these diseases and how caregivers can manage their environment to provide the highest quality of life for the person diagnosed.”

DEMENTIACARE2015: Meet the Speakers and Register Online

The program features nationally- and internationally-recognized speakers on topics of Alzheimer’s disease and empowerment. Auburn’s Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod of Gwen Inc. will offer a keynote presentation on “Self Care: The Key to Effective Caregiving,” focusing on specific strategies that can be used to thrive through the joy and challenge of the caregiving journey. The morning keynote speaker, Jed Levine of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, will present “Finding Hope in Alzheimer’s Disease,” which zeroes in on validating the caregiver experience, acknowledging the emotional impact of the disease, and addressing challenges of acceptance.

Small-group presentations include:

  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors, which reviews the relationship between dementia and behavioral difficulties, their triggers and how to reduce the impact on a person with dementia. Presented by Melinda Sobrado, Associate Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter.
  • Navigating and Advocating at the Hospital, which provides an overview of the admission, observation and discharge processes, as well as how to ensure quality care at every stage of treatment. Presented by Eileen B. Welch, LMSW, Veterans Administration Medical Center.
  • Nutritional Needs for Dementia, which confronts the challenges of eating for a person with a form of dementia, as well as providing proper nutrition at mealtime. Presented by Chaya Lee Charles, MS, RD, CSG, CDN, Outpatient Dietitian, Sodexho at The Centers at St. Camillus.
  • The OTHER Dementias, which compares and contrasts the different dementias, including vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Parkinson’s disease, among others, and discuss each disease’s unique challenges. Presented by Dr. Andrea I. Berg, M.D., Upstate Medical University.