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Shani Bardach: When should you worry about your memory? When is forgetfulness an indicator?

Have you ever been ready to head out the door but can’t seem to remember where you put your keys? Or have you been standing in the grocery store trying to remember what else you need? Most people have had their own bouts of forgetfulness. When is this forgetfulness a concern or an indicator of something else going on? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, memory loss is one of the first signs...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...

CDC, Alzheimer’s Association release Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map, how to deal with dementia

In an effort to help state and local health departments address the growing Alzheimer’s crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association have released the third edition of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map, provides public health officials with a set of strategies...

Round to Remember Golf outing benefiting Alzheimer’s Association set for June 2

The 7th annual a Round to Remember Golf Classic will be held Saturday, June 2 at the Connemara Golf Course in Nicholasville. This event is hosted by local golfer Paul Bimschleger and his children – Dave, Curt, and Chris Bimschleger. Since the creation of the event, the Bimschleger family has raised over $185,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Paul’s wife, Patricia, who they lost...

Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, Gerontolgy association hold Advocacy Day in Frankfort

Alzheimer’s Association®, AARP Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology hosted an Advocacy Day at the Capitol Annex building in Frankfort to bring awareness to the increased occurrences of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias. The three organizations and over 100 advocates met with or left informational packets for, all 138 Kentucky senators and representatives. Meetings...

Alzheimer’s advocates to ‘Turn the Kentucky State Capitol Purple’ to raise awareness March 15

Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology are hosting Advocacy Day to bring awareness to the increased occurrences of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias. Hundreds will gather on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in room 113 at the Capitol Annex building in Frankfort. These groups will address the escalating number of family caregivers throughout the...

Beshear urges victims of fraud involving Western Union in KY to file claims; 7000 eligible for $6.7m

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that Kentuckians who have been victims of fraud induced wire transfers involving Western Union need to begin filing claims as part of a global settlement reached January with the company. An estimated 7,000 Kentuckians are eligible for roughly $6.7 million in claims. Kentuckians who reported to Western Union, the Federal Trade Commission or Beshear’s...

Joe Schmidt: We must also remember those who care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer’s and am proud of our community’s efforts. On September 9, nearly 3,000 residents from Louisville and the surrounding area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication, participants raised almost $500,000! The...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Louisville event raises over $500,000 for research, education programs

More than 2,500 residents from the Louisville area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on Saturday at Waterfront Park. Participants raised approximately $500,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs. Teams will continue to fundraise through December, and this amount is expected to grow....

Thousands expected to participate in annual Louisville Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday

Louisville area residents will unite to raise awareness and funds to reclaim the future for millions at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 9. In 2016, the Louisville Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised over $509,000, contributing to more than $82.5 million raised nationwide for care, support, and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s. Walk to End...

Over 2000 join Alzheimer’s Association Lexington’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raise over $220,000

More than 2,000 residents from the Lexington area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on August 26 at the Fayette County Courthouse. Participants raised over $220,000 to fund Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs. Teams continue to fundraise, and this amount is expected to grow over the coming...

Thousands of central Kentuckians expected to participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday

Thousands of Lexington area residents will participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Aug. 26 Last year, the event raised $224,000, contributing to more than $82.5 million raised nationwide for care, support, and research efforts for those impacted by Alzheimer’s. Walk to End Alzheimer’s participants will learn about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities,...

Commentary: Congress should act to increase funding for expansion of Alzheimer’s research

By Chris Nation Special to KyForward New studies reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 in London are providing new clues on Alzheimer’s early detection, the disease’s underlying causes, and factors that may impact a person’s dementia risk, such as sleep and diet. Having seen the effects to many of my friend’s family who has a loved one living with Alzheimer’s,...

Alzheimer’s Association awards $1 million grant to UK Sanders-Brown Center of Aging

Linda Van Eldik, director of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, was awarded a “Part the Cloud” translational research grant from the Alzheimer’s Association. This two-year, $997,738 grant will fund early clinical trials for a promising new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. DeeAnna Esslinger of the Alzheimer’s Association presents a check to Dr....

Alzheimer’s Association set to host 22nd annual Lexington fundraising walk on Aug. 27

The annual Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at the Fayette County Courthouse Aug. 27, beginning at 9 a.m. This is the 22nd year the Alzheimer’s Association has hosted the event. The Walk’s success has supported research for a cure and helped over 100,000 families in the Chapter area living with Alzheimer’s. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held annually in more than 600 communities...

Kentuckians’ worsening memory issues
may signal looming ‘public health crisis’

If you are concerned that your memory is getting worse, it probably is.   Moreover, you have a lot of company, according to the first measure of cognitive decline in Kentucky and Indiana, released today by the Alzheimer’s Association.   And if you’ve never shared your concerns with a doctor, you are among the more than 75 percent of Kentuckians, and nearly 80 percent of Indiana residents,...

Walk to End Alzheimer's puts focus on 'most expensive disease in America' with no cure

A Promise Garden Ceremony is held 15 minutes before the start of the walk. (Photo from Alz.org/Facebook)   The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has set a goal of raising $354,000 at the Louisville Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Waterfront Park at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9 and a Promise Garden Ceremony at 9:45 a.m.   “To date, more than...

Kentuckians, Hoosiers plan day of activities for Alzheimer's and 'The Longest Day'

Volunteers from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana have planned numerous activities for “The Longest Day,” held every year on June 21, the summer solstice and the day with the most hours of sunlight.   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 complete a day filled with...

Registration now open for 2014 Louisville Walk to End Alzheimer's in early September

This year’s walk will take place on Sept. 6. (Photo provided)   The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana is inviting teams and individuals to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the 2014 Louisville Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Association’s largest local fund-raiser will take place on the morning of Saturday, Sept....

'Round to Remember' golf tournament to benefit Alzheimer's Assoc. coming in June

The Third Annual A Round to Remember to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held on Saturday, June 14. (Photo provided)   The Third Annual Round to Remember will take place on Saturday, June 14, at Connemara Golf Course in Nicholasville to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.   More than 100 association benefactors are expected to be present for an afternoon of golf, prizes,...