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Southern Tier Unites to Raise More Than $49,000 at Walk To End Alzheimer’s


New York’s Southern Tier united on Sunday to raise $49,042 at the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Greater Binghamton Walk To End Alzheimer’s presented by United Methodist Homes. More than 670 people gathered at Otsiningo Park to honor those that have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to the three-mile walk through the trails of Otsiningo Park, walkers learned about Alzheimer’s disease, participating in clinical trials and using their voice to advocate for the cause. Walkers also took part in a meaningful ceremony honoring those living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as those who have died from the disease, and their caregivers. They also heard from Judith Legant, a Binghamton resident, who spoke about her own Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

The leading individual fundraiser was Donna Ticonchuk of Apalachin, who raised $1,070. Team Bennett was the leading family and friends team, having raised $2,095. The top corporate team was Levene Gouldin and Thompson with $1,743. United Methodist Homes raised the most money in the senior care division at $5,432.

Fundraising for the Walk To End Alzheimer continues through 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2014. Learn more and make a donation at www.alz.org/walk.

Greater Binghamton Walk To End Alzheimer’s
Presented by United Methodist Homes
(as of 4 p.m., September 21, 2014)

Top Individual Fundraisers

  1. Donna Ticonchuk, $1,070
  2. Tina Hasemann, $1,065
  3. Brenda Allen, $705
  4. Jim Browning, $675
  5. Archana Susarla, $537

Top Friends and Family Team

  1. Team Bennett, $2,095
  2. The Absolutely Fabulous Ya Yas, $1,575
  3. Donna’s Hope, $1,425
  4. Bumpa Bobby’s Fan Club, $955
  5. Team Helen, $780

Top Corporate Team

  1. Levene Gouldin & Thompson, $1,743
  2. Morgan Stanley, $1,095
  3. Delta Sigma Theta Apalachin Alumnae Chapter, $824
  4. Wright Sanitation, $550
  5. AMC Theatres, $100

Top Senior Care Teams

  1. United Methodist Homes, $5,432
  2. Team Bridgewater, $3,509
  3. Emeritus at Woodland Place, $1,611
  4. The Hopkins House, $690
  5. Team Livemore, $579

Mohawk Valley Unites To Raise Nearly $35,000 at Walk To End Alzheimer’s

More than 330 individuals united as a sea of purple in New Hartford on Sunday at the 2014 Greater Utica Walk To End Alzheimer’s at New Hartford Senior High School. The community rallied together to raise $34,671 to fund crucial Alzheimer’s research, and provide care and support services to families in Northern New York.

Melissa Ryan from the Booz Allen Rome Office team was the top individual fundraiser at $1,535. The top friends and family team, Jill’s Doughboys and Doughgirls, raised $2,635. The Utica Comets’ team, Comets Hockey for Hope, raised $9,400 and was the top corporate team. Alpine’s Angels raised $2,768 and was the top senior care team.

Walkers may continue to fundraise through midnight on October 31, 2014. To make a donation to Walk To End Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org/walk.


2014 Greater Utica Walk To End Alzheimer’s
as of September 14, 2014

Top Individual Fundraisers

  1. Melissa Ryan, $1,535
  2. Shelley Graham Turner, $700
  3. Angie Blair, $685
  4. Robin Ingles, $555
  5. Arthur Mayhew, $550

Top Family & Friends Teams

  1. Jill’s Doughboys & Doughgirls, $2,635
  2. Nina, $1.985
  3. Team Delcie & Lillian, $1,785
  4. Joyce’s Girls, $1,275
  5. Team Jory

Top Corporate Teams

  1. Comets Hockey for Hope, $9,400
  2. Booz Allen Rome Office, $2,425
  3. Colgate Hoops for Hope, $1,392
  4. Rome Memorial Hospital, $260
  5. Tramacora’s Trends Salon, $110

Top Senior Care Teams

  1. Alpine’s Angels, $2,768

North Country Unites To Raise $38,000 at Walk To End Alzheimer’s

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More than 335 individuals united as a sea of purple in Canton on Sunday at the 2014 North Country Walk To End Alzheimer’s presented by Kinney Drugs Foundation and Save-A-Lot Stores. The community rallied together to raise $38,000 to fund crucial Alzheimer’s research and provide care and support services to families in Northern New York.

Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will participate in a three-mile walk and will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association. Each walker will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Lucia Johnson of Massena was the top individual fundraiser with $3,190. Her family’s team, Memory Keepers, raised $5,399 and was the top friends and family team. Community Bank, N.A. was the top corporate team with $3,969. United Journey, a team of walkers from United Helpers Maplewood campus, raised $5,894 and was the top senior care team.

Walkers may continue to fundraise through midnight on October 31, 2014. To make a donation to Walk To End Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org/walk.

North Country Walk To End Alzheimer’s
Presented by Kinney Drugs Foundation and Save-A-Lot Stores
Top Fundraisers (as of Sept. 7, 2014 at 2 p.m.)

Top Individual Fundraisers

  1. Lucia Johnson, $3,190
  2. Melissa Burke, $866
  3. Kay Church, $760
  4. Marilyn Gollinger, $757
  5. Seth Chichester, $720

Top Friends & Family Teams

  1. Memory Keepers, $5,399
  2. Forget-Me-Knots, $3,561
  3. Anita’s Crusaders, $480
  4. Walk For Life, $357
  5. Grammie’s Graces, $342

Top Corporate Teams

  1. Community Bank, N.A., $3,969
  2. Delta Kappa Gamma, $1,161
  3. NHS Canton Chapter, $426
  4. Kinney Drugs, $404
  5. Sprinkle’s, $329

Top Senior Care Teams

  1. United Journey, $5,844
  2. Mosaic Memory Makers, $1,024
  3. Riverledge Walkers, $1,007
  4. Samaritan Keep Home, $660
  5. Highland Nursing Home, $500

Chapter Announces Staffing Changes

Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer Catherine James announced the following changes for the organization’s staff:

skeval-wKatrina Skeval has been named Chief Program Officer. In this role, she manages the design, delivery and evaluation of the Chapter’s core services throughout its 14-county area. Skeval, a Fabius native and resident, joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2013 as its associate program director for the Central and Northern regions. She has held internships with the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education, Johnson City Intermediate School and the Dream Center in Johnson City. Skeval earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from St. John Fisher College and a masters in social work from Binghamton University.

ackley-wCarol Ackley was hired as the Chapter’s associate program director for its Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley regions. She will perform outreach work in these areas, delivering education programs, interacting with support groups and working one-on-one with families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Ackley, who resides in her hometown of Vestal, was previously employed by Oak Hill Manor and Foodnet Meals on Wheels in Ithaca. She earned a bachelor’s in social work from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

parton-wSarah Parton has been hired as the Chapter’s volunteer coordinator. The Liverpool native and resident is responsible for the recruitment, training and retention of the organization’s volunteers. Parton was previously employed by Meals on Wheels of Syracuse as a community relations assistant, and she also volunteers with the 40 Below Civic Engagement Task Force. In May, she was awarded the Administrators of Volunteer Services 2014 Excellence Award. Parton graduated from the State University of New York College at Brockport.

Chapter Board of Elects 2014-15 Officers


In addition to electing a slate of five new individuals to its body, the Chapter board of directors also selected its officers for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Executive officers serve one-year terms in their office.

rung-webKeith B. Rung, CPA will serve as president of the board of directors for a second one-year term. A Buffalo native, Rung was an ex officio member of the board last year after acting as interim president of the board in 2011-12. He is a partner at Evans & Bennett Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Rung joined the board of the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter in 2006. He is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College and lives in Syracuse.

bennet-webRobin Bennett, RN was elected vice president of the board for the second time. Bennett is the director of clinical services for the Loretto Adult Community Licensed Home Care Agency. She is a registered nurse, who has been a nursing supervisor at Syracuse’s Loretto’s Heritage Apartments and Iroquois Senior Nursing Facility. Bennett is responsible for Loretto’s quality control programs and internal audits. She holds a master’s degree in nursing education from LeMoyne College and resides in Cazenovia.

hasemannDr. Christina Hasemann, Ph.D., RD, L/CDN was elected secretary. She is a certified dietician who specializes in senior nutrition. Hasemann owns her own business, NY-Penn Nutrition Services, Inc., and is an adjunct at a number of colleges in the Southern Tier. She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Marywood University and lives in Binghamton.

KarlJacobKarl Jacob, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CDA is a tax partner with Dannible & McKee CPAs in Syracuse, and has been with the first for more than 25 years. Jacob is a certified public accountant and personal financial specialist, certified financial planner, and certified design accountant. He will serve as the board treasurer, a role he has been in since 2010, and continue as the chair of the Chapter’s finance committee. He is a graduate of Robert Morris College and resides in Baldwinsville.

groomsThomas J. Grooms, Esq. is a retired attorney from the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King PLLC. Grooms will act as member-at-large for the second consecutive year. His speciality was labor law, having first worked with the National Labor Relations Board before going to BS&K where he retired as a senior partner. He earned his law degree from Syracuse University, and he and his wife live in Syracuse.

Chapter Announces Board of Directors Appointments


The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter named five new members to its board of directors. Directors serve two-year terms that can be renewed up to three times.

michele-henri-gagneMichele Gagne is a certified Six Sigma Consultant for UnitedHealth Group’s appeals and compliance department. The Syracuse resident is a Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 20 years experience in performance and project management. Gagne holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarkson University and a master’s in business administraton from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management.

sjurSandy Jurkiewicz is membership manager for CenterStateCEO, a regional business leadership organization and chamber of commerce based in Syracuse. She has a 30-year career in advertising and marketing with an extensive background in media planning. Jurkiewicz is a member of Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives and is a graduate of Onondaga Community College.

longstreetAmi Setright Longstreet has been an attorney at Mackenzie Hughes since 1998 and is a partner in the firm. She is charged with helping businesses and members of the Syracuse community understand estate and trust planning and administration as well as elder law, including asset protection and Medicaid planning, and planning for individuals with disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a law degree from Syracuse University.

mcgeeLorraine McGee, CFS is a vice president and relationship manager for KeyBank, N.A. McGee advises clients on wealth strategies and asset management. She has more than 20 years experience in client advisement and investments. McGee, who lives in Cazenovia, is a trustee of the Vera House Foundation and graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Dorollo Nixon Jr. is an attorney with Lachman & dorolloGorton in Endicott. Nixon specializes in Social Security advocacy, real estate, litigation, and wills and trusts. He previously worked as an independent attorney and Chadbourne & Parke, where he specialized in international law and banking issues. Nixon is the president of the Southern Tier Young Professionals. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a juris doctor from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.

NUTRITION & ALZHEIMER’S: Nutrition Through the Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

The latest in a series by Dr. Christina Hasemann, Ph.D., RD, L/CDN.

While no special diet is required for people with Alzheimer’s disease—unless they have another condition, such as diabetes, that requires diet monitoring—eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is extremely beneficial. With the proper diet, your body will work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy, and your medications will work properly.

Proper nutrition is very important throughout all life stages.    It gains even more importance as we age.  Planning nutritious meals can be a challenge for anyone, but particularly for those with, or caring for, someone with dementia.  I recently did an education session for the staff at the Kirkpatrick Day Program and I thought the information would be good to share more globally as well!

Early Stages
In the earliest of stages, persons with dementia may have a decreased variety of foods in their diet, may forget to eat, or forget that they have already eaten.  They may not get thirsty and can forget to drink.  Some become more sensitive to caffeine’s effects.  Senses become dulled, especially smell and taste, and they may not be aware of spoiled food.  Meal preparation becomes more challenging and they may forget that they are cooking and/or may lose track of cooking times.  Grocery shopping may become more difficult – especially in today’s “superstores.”

Caregivers can help by serving high quality, nutritious foods and work to keep variety in the diet.  Encouraging healthy snacks and adequate fluids can also go a long way to keep people healthy and hydrated.  Switch to decaf /caffeine free beverages if sensitivity to caffeine is a concern.  Regularly check refrigerator/cabinets for spoiled/out of date foods – or for food items that have been recalled.  Keep an eye out for burned foods, cookware or utensils.  And, provide assistance with shopping as needed.

Middle Stages
In the middle stages, persons with dementia may forget to eat and drink, and weight loss may occur as a result.  They may not feel hungry and may not even open delivered meals or packaged foods to prepare a meal or snack.  Changes in ability to eat can occur due to forgetting dentures, difficulty opening containers, and poor/limited attention span.  They may not be able to communicate hunger or thirst as they lose the ability to interpret the body’s signals. At some point they may not be able to prepare foods without supervisions/cueing and may use inappropriate table manners or not recognize utensils.
They may hoard foods for later consumption or even consume non-food items.  They can become overwhelmed by a full plate of food.

Caregivers can help by supervising meals and assisting as necessary. Provide meals/snacks at regular times.  Provide more finger foods and easy to eat items.
Serve foods one at a time so a large plate of food is no so overwhelming.  Avoid distractions at meal time and redirect as necessary for meal completion. And, use food aromas to stimulate appetite and to increase interest in food.

Later Stages
In the later stages, persons with dementia may refuse to wear dentures to eat and as a result may begin pocketing foods.  They may not recognize foods or what to do with certain foods or know which utensils to use. They may forget how to chew/swallow food safely.  They may lose weight even with an adequate diet as the body shifts into hypermetabolism. They may require feeding assistance for meal completion.

Caregivers can help by encouraging them to participate as much as possible in the eating process with finger foods and cueing.  Gently remind them to chew and swallow if they need cueing to do so.  Offer liquid nutritional supplements such as Carnation Breakfast Essentials, Boost, or Ensure.  Help them to maintain good oral hygiene to reduce bacterial growth that can lead to pneumonia.  Modify foods as needed for appropriate textures (cut things up very small, puree, etc).  Encourage to alternate bites of foods with sips of liquids.

Quite often caregivers need to get creative to get their loved ones to consume an adequate amount of nutrients and fluids.  Support groups can be a helpful forum for additional ideas!


Dr. Christina Hasemann, Ph.D., RD, L/CDN is a member of the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter board of directors. Dr. Hasemann is a registered dietician who specializes in senior nutrition, and president of NY-Penn Nutrition Services, Inc. Dr. Hasemann’s Nutrition Basics series appears on this blog on a regular basis. Consult a medical professional before adopting any dietary changes.

Syracuse-Area Businesses Announce Events for The Longest Day

Two Syracuse-area businesses will join people from across the globe to honor those facing Alzheimer’s disease by participating in The Longest Day® on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Longest Day® is a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Teams will complete a day filled with activity to raise funds and awareness for the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pole Position Raceway at DestinyUSA and Quaker Steak & Lube in Van Buren will each take part in the event, held annually on the summer solstice. The Longest Day® symbolizes the seemingly endless journey so many facing Alzheimer’s disease are asked to endure. Participants will complete approximately 16 hours of activity ranging from running, cooking, knitting to playing bridge, to help advance Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Continue reading