Dementia and Alzheimer’s Related Events in Central Florida

‘Ballroom For The Brain’ dance program provides many benefits for Orlando Alzheimer’s Patients

This wonderful article in the Orlando Sentinel, entitled Dance party stimulates minds, bodies of Alzheimer’s patients by Susan Jacobson, highlights this fun and healthy dance program for Alzheimer’s patients. The program, called “Ballroom for the Brain” helps seniors to keep their minds and bodies active, as well as have a great time!

Watch Video of Dance Class

Ballroom for the Brain Dance Class Video

To quote the article:

The weekly dance party is designed to stimulate the minds and bodies of people in the early stages of dementia. Saturday’s class was the final in a series that began June 21. Another series is scheduled for October.

“It’s a failure-free environment,” said Julie Shatzer, director of programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, who co-founded Ballroom for the Brain with John Davis, president of the Orlando chapter of USA Dance.

Ballroom dance requires participants to remember steps, move to music, make split-second decisions, trust a partner and communicate nonverbally — skills that proponents hope will help people with the disease.

“You’re touching, relating to someone; you have to manage complex steps,” Davis said…

“You’ve never seen anyone frowning on a dance floor,” she said. “Everyone is happy.”

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Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Series – Spring Schedule

Counsel for Caregivers

Balancing work, family and other aspects of life with caregiving responsibilities can be demanding.  Counsel for Caregivers seminars are designed to lend you a helping hand of healing.  Each month a different organization will present information and resources to help caregivers ease their workload and de-stress. Each seminar is presented at an Orange County Public Library branch and refreshments are provided.

View the full spring schedule of Counsel for Caregivers.

More information can be found at: Senior Resources Alliance and the Orange County, FL website under “Events and Programming”.

Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter Presents BrainFest 2014

BrainFest2014-smBrain Up Central Florida! BrainFest, presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter is happening Saturday, March 15th in Winter Park.

Saturday, March 15
10am-4pm (rain or shine)
Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center
Winter Park, FL


Get ready to rev your mental engines, fire up your neurons and learn tips and tricks for keeping your brain strong all life long. BrainFest 2014 will be a fun filled day of education, entertainment and activities focused on building and maintaining healthy brains. You will engage in mind-bending and brain-boosting activities focused on all the aspects of good brain health: nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, social engagement, mental stimulation and finding your purpose!

For more information about this fun, useful and informative event visit:

Brain Up Central Florida!

Check out this new program developed by the  Alzheimer’s Association through a grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation.  This free program called, Brain Up! was developed to help make you more conscientious about keeping your brain healthy for a lifetime.  With this new program, we hope to: promote public understanding of brain health; raise awareness of how important it is to become brain healthy, and; inspire people of all ages and brain abilities to engage in and commit to a brain-healthy lifestyle.

By visiting the website at and signing the Brainifesto, you will receive scientifically-based information, tips and alerts on how to promote your own brain health.  Share this information with family and friends, through word-of-mouth and social media, and work with us on this mission to develop mightier minds across our community.

Don’t fret because there are more brain-health surprises and community-wide activities to come, so pull up the attachment and get connected to today.  Make sure to sign the Brainifesto and to “like us” on Facebook and always remember that building better brains is fun!

Sutton Homes Memory Care Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) Joining Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Lake Eola October 27

Sutton Homes Memory Care ALF is participating in the 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s™  at Lake Eola, in downtown Orlando on Saturday October 27th. We have a team made up of staff, family and residents. The walk is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and is biggest annual fundraiser. Registration and photos are at 9am. The walk is 2 miles and dogs are welcome! Come out an join us! Be sure to check back for photos of the event.

Read more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s ™ from our past post or go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s event FAQ page.  To signup to sponsor a walker, start a team, join a team or just walk register here.

Show your Support for Alzheimer’s Awareness and Research | Winter Park Farmers Market Saturday August 25th

Sutton Homes will have a booth at the Winter Park Farmers Market this Saturday, August 25 from 7a -1p. The purpose for being there is to sell raffle tickets to raise money for the 2012 Walk to end Alzheimer’s on October 27th at Lake Eola. Help support “Team Sutton” and find out more about Sutton Homes while you are there!

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