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Art is an expressive medium, and it's by the power of the brush that local Alzheimer's victims communicate. The Alzheimer's Assn. of Orange County is showcasing victims' artwork this fall in its Third Annual Memories in the Making art show. Original artwork will be auctioned and the proceeds will benefit the association. Volunteers at the Alzheimer's Assn. are creating a calendar that will feature 14 color paintings from the exhibit plus information about each artist.
September 12, 1997 | NICK GREEN
An elderly man who suffered from memory loss set off from his Ventura County home in his car to visit relatives in Los Angeles, got lost and resurfaced some time later--in Las Vegas. A disoriented Oxnard woman in her late 60s wandered away from her home at night and was picked up by police. Officers took her paranoid delusions seriously and interrogated worried family members when they arrived to retrieve her.
December 4, 1992
I am amazed, incredulous, and in a sense outraged by the remarks of Shelly Fabares, chairperson of an Alzheimer's Assn. benefit ("Alzheimer's Assn. Spends a 'Night at Sardi's,' " Nov. 23) indicating that Alzheimer's disease "makes you feel helpless because you can't do anything for this person you love." As a resident about to become 85 of Leisure World, with its many stimulating activities and with a highly competent and effective social service department working to promote healthy, useful lives of an increasing older population, I think it is obvious that improving environmental social circumstances helps prevent the impairment of our physical and mental capacities.
For more than a decade, the Alzheimer's Assn. of Orange County has been helping seniors with the disease reconnect themselves to their past through art. The program, Memories in the Making, uses artistic expression--painting, sculpting, collage making and drawing--to help patients remember their past and help relieve stress. Alzheimer's patients typically suffer from profound memory loss, disorientation and speech difficulty. There is no cure.
April 8, 2000 | Stephen J. Einstein, Einstein is rabbi of Congregation B'nai Tzedek, 9669 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley
Jewish tradition teaches that one good deed leads to another. Some 16 months ago, I was honored to be invited to inaugurate this column. A word--spoken or written--is like a pebble dropped into a pond. Its ripples extend to places unexpected. Months later, I received a phone call from the chairman of the Religious Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Assn. asking me to share in their work.
March 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. That leads to … 14.9 million unpaid caregivers, $183 billion in annual costs. So begins the latest report from the Alzheimer's Assn. The report, 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures , sheds more light on the toll the disease takes on not just patients but caregivers. "Unpaid caregivers are primarily family members, but they also include other relatives and friends," the report says.
December 19, 1990 | ANN CONWAY
There were no searchlights at this Columbia premiere--no stretch limos, no mugging celebs, not one autograph hound. But the excitement was there just the same for Orange County's benefit preview of "Awakenings" last week at Edwards South Coast Plaza Theatre. The movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro had hundreds of supporters of the South Coast Institute for Applied Gerontology and the Alzheimer's Assn. applauding, guffawing and weeping shamelessly.
December 28, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN
A local chapter of the Alzheimer's Assn. has received $42,000 from various groups to provide expanded services to Ventura County residents. Oxnard awarded the county chapter $5,000 for an education program that will pay for a series of presentations to families and professionals at senior centers throughout the city.
July 28, 2008 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
For PEOPLE already diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, waiting for research breakthroughs is disheartening. But life can still be lived with hope, says Wantland J. Smith, 69, a retired architect who was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's at age 66. Smith, of Los Angeles, takes medications to treat his symptoms, attends support-group meetings and even does volunteer advocacy work for the Alzheimer's Assn. in Los Angeles. However, his best therapy, he says, is traveling with his wife, playing a guitar, attending music camps, singing in a choir, reading and meditation.
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