September 2012 Newsletter

46 States and Counting — Help us reach 50!

With fewer than 20 days left to get involved in October's LBD Awareness Month, there are plenty of great ways to participate in this year's movement.

Activities include reaching out to local physicians, posting information about LBD in public places, planning community outreach events, launching support groups, holding fundraisers, sharing your LBD story with the media, and more.

Need more ideas? Like us on Facebook, where we are already posting suggestions every day about how you can make a difference in LBD awareness in your community.

How are you Standing Strong with LBDA? To join the movement, visit

LBDA and Arbor Terrace Team Up in Atlanta

LBDA and Arbor Terrace present two seminars in Atlanta, GA, one for Healthcare Professionals (CEUs available) and one for caregivers and families. The seminars are designed to help participants understand the progression of Lewy body dementia and associated behavioral changes, as well as to equip participants with effective ways to communicate with those affected by the disease. The presenter is Teepa Snow, MS, TR/L, TA OTA. Snow is a nationally recognized dementia care expert and a consultant for Arbor Terrace communities through The Arbor Company.

Learn more and register by September 28th.

LBDA Webinar: Molecular Imaging of Lewy Body Dementia

Join us for a free LBDA webinar on October 17, 2012 from 2:00-3:00 pm (EDT). In this presentation Dr. Martijn Mueller will provide an overview of molecular imaging and the role it plays in research and in the care of patients with Lewy body dementia. Molecular imaging studies may help physicians and researchers:

  • Provide an earlier and more accurate diagnosis of Lewy body dementia.
  • Distinguish Lewy body dementia from other neurological disorders.
  • Assess the integrity of brain tissue that has become abnormal with Lewy body dementia.

Register today!

Webinar: How to Pull Yourself Together When Things Are Falling Apart by Amy Wood, Psy.D.

Thursday, September 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m.-7:30 pm (EDT). It’s easy to stay positive about important goals when life is just clipping along. But what happens when a major life event, such as a serious illness, injury, or family problem knocks you off your path? This webinar will show how to get through tough times, refuel, and feel motivated again — no matter what is happening internally or externally.

Sign up today — all attendees will be entered into a drawing for Janet Edmunson’s book, "Finding Meaning with Charles."

News You Can Use: Older Driver Topics Now Available on

NIHSeniorHealth has just released a new topic for older drivers and families seeking information on an often sensitive subject: whether it is still safe to drive. The site gives older adults and their loved ones information to help them address that question and others related to driving in later life. Learn more.

Meet LBDA’s New Director of Development

We are pleased to welcome Davida Morgan Washington to the LBDA team! Davida Morgan Washington brings 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and higher education to LBDA including development, special events advocacy, and programming. She has a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management. She will lead LBDA’s efforts to build a diverse and sustainable development strategy that increases individual giving, engages the corporate community and incorporates sizable special events for the organization.

Davida can be reached at 404.935.6444 ext. 103 or at

President’s First Hundred Days in Office Should Include Plans for Promoting Medical Progress

On the eve of the political conventions, nearly two-thirds of likely voters say the next president should announce initiatives promoting medical progress during his “first 100 days in office,” according to a new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America. Learn more about this survey.

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging

This comprehensive, 104-page handbook offers easy-to-understand information and advice for at-home caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, such as LBD. It addresses all aspects of care, from bathing and eating to visiting the doctor and getting respite care. Learn more and download this guide.