Alzheimer's Association

Rhinelander to Host Annual Walk to End Alzheimer's

Sep 17, 2015

  The Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Wisconsin Chapter is hosting its annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event this weekend in Rhinelander. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, and Director Kathy Davies says while raising awareness is important, raising funds for the future of those affected is just as crucial.

 “…it is to bring rising awareness to the rising number of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but also to raise important funds to continue research efforts and also the cure and supports services available.”

Recent research has shown a direct link to better lifestyle habits helping to keep our brains healthy.

Two presentations this week in the region will highlight what the research has shown, says Diana Butz from the Alzheimer's Association. She says a two year study of people at risk showed some interesting results...


" they studied this group for two years and they showed that a combination of physical activity, nutrition, cognitive training and management of heart health risks slowed cognitive decline...."

The Alzheimer’s Association invites nominations recognizing people or groups  involved in helping families who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's Association spokesperson Diana Butz says the awards are designed to note those people who spend their lives helping others...

"....each year the Greater Wisconsin Chapter honors caregivers. We understand that caregiving is a tough, tough task for many people....."
Butz says  recognition  provides a way to honor people in a very tough situation...

Alzheimer's Association

Next we hear from Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Cold weather is tough on anyone, but for a person with Alzheimer's Disease who wanders, it could be deadly. She says there's a new approach for quicker response should someone wander away from home.

Diana Butz, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association. There's an Alzheimer's Association Outreach Office in Rhinelander.

Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. Earlier this month, WXPR public radio gathered experts at its studios to talk about the disease, the warning signs, treatment and research, support services and how caregivers cope with a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. The one-hour program will be broadcast twice: Friday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. and again Sunday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.

WXPR is heard at 91.7 FM, 100.9 FM near Ironwood-Hurley, and 91.9 FM in central Wisconsin. More information is available at 715-362-6000.

Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. WXPR gathered a panel of experts to talk about the disease.  

Hear the full one-hour broadcast below:

One of the panelists is Dr. Chris Koeppl, Director of the Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Center at Ministry Medical Group in Rhinelander.

He says people should prepare for the possibility of getting Alzheimer's as they would other issues...

September is a busy time for Alzheimer's Associations across Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. with fundraising walks.

Area chapter spokesperson Diana Butz(butts) says nationally, nearly 600 walks take place this time of year....


"....we use these events to increase awareness and funding for Alzheimers programs and research. And right here in our chapter area we have 30 walks taking place throughout northern and northeast Wisconsin...."

Alzheimer's Association

Some significant announcements are coming out of a national meeting on Alzheimer's Disease and a local spokesperson says more are coming.

The Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston this week made headlines this week says Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association...

" of the big things that came out this week is the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and cancer and what their finding is if you have Alzheimer's you have a lower rate of cancer(and vice versa)...."