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Dancing is good for your body, soul AND mind!

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

There have been many articles and videos about how dancing is good for you. After a 21 year study about leisurely activities and its effects on Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases, the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that the ONLY physical activity that protects against dementia is frequent dancing!

From their study:

  • Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia
  • Bicycling and swimming – 0%
  • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%
  • Playing golf – 0%
  • Dancing frequently – 76%.   That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

To read more about how dancing affects our brains and what they discovered, Stanford published a shortened article or click here for the full NE Journal of Medicine article.

New/Updated 2018 Dementia Memory Care Recommendations

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The Alzheimer’s Association has released updated Dementia Care Practices, “2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations“. These recommendations are a compilation of community and residential care settings and are based on continual research as well as dementia care experts’ best practices. They includes such items as managing medical care, how to create a dementia-friendly environment, and care planning.

Full Article: Alzheimers.Net

Atlanta Regional Commission Awards LMK Funds to Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The Atlanta Regional Commission has made a major April announcement by selecting the Laona M. Kitchen Foundation to receive additional funding from the ARC.

“After careful consideration and review, the Laona M. Kitchen Foundation has been selected for the award,” said the ARC’s Caregiver Program Specialist Mary Lou Vergara.

The LMK Foundation has been approved for funding to assist 280 families with $500 respite care vouchers for the 14 month period May 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Gary Kitchen, President of The LMK Foundation, shared his excitement of the new opportunities that the new ARC funding represents:

“We decided to start The Laona M. Kitchen Foundation to help families with respite care so that we can give caregivers a break. If someone is caregiving for a parent, aunt, uncle, husband, or wife, it is 24/7 and it is extremely difficult. We provide respite vouchers for these families so the caregiver can take a short-term break.”

With this additional funding, LMK can expand current respite opportunities, service new families, and provide true “Alzheimer’s Relief” to hundreds more families in the Atlanta area.

Though LMK will continue to assist all families in need of Alzheimer’s support, the new funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission will solely support families in the counties support by the Atlanta Regional Commission. “With these new funds,” explains Kitchen, “we are seeking to assist an additional 4-5 families a week for the next 14 months in the Atlanta area.”

If you know of a family in need, please go to to apply or contact Megan Hardy or Gary Kitchen at (770) 779-0821.


“The Mysteries of My Father’s Mind” by a loving daughter

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

If you want to know what it’s like to watch, feel, live and/or observe someone you love go through this horrible disease, here is an account by a daughter about her dad.  Rebecca’s beautifully written words about her father resonate with close family members of an Alzheimer’s patient- their loved one who no longer resembles the person they were before the disease.

For the entire article, please click on the link for The New York Times website: The Mysteries of My Father’s Mind by Rebecca Rotert, August 13, 2014

“I Remember Him” featured on 11Alive

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Sydney Oden, 17, had a dream: to write a book about her first years with her grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was little.  She wrote I Remember Him as a project for her Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  But she needed a way to get her book published.  She found the LMK Foundation, and we were able to work with her and a publisher to help her realize her dream.  Not only did she receive her Gold Award, but she was named “2013 Young Woman of Distinction Award” by the Greater Atlanta Girl Scouts Council!

We are very proud to be a part of her journey.

See her story as told by Donna Lowery from 11Alive.

Pharmaceutical companies, government have set goals to embark on new journey

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 – 10 pharmaceutical companies and the government have teamed up to embark on a new journey: “…tackle some major diseases: Alzheimer’s, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis and lupus” with help from the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association and the Lupus Foundation of America.  According to, ten drug companies are working with the government to focus on these diseases and finding medicines for treatments.  They are looking at the biology of the diseases and how future treatments will help patients, but they are also focusing on getting past the failed development avenues for the drugs and sharing their processes.

For more information on this exciting news, please read here for the full article.



Alzheimer’s Research as a National Priority

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – In an article titled “Why Alzheimer’s Research Must Be a National Priority” on, Senator Susan Collins and Dr. Ron Peterson discuss why Alzheimer’s Research must be made a national priority.  By 2050, it is predicted that more than 16 million Americans over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with the disease.  Senator Collins and Dr. Peterson talk about it’s impending economic toll in the future and why they have a goal to prevent and effectively treat the disease by 2025.

“Watching the Lights Go Out” – from inside the mind of David Hilfiker, Alzheimer’s patient

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Friday, September, 20, 2013 – A blog posting about another Blog…yes, that’s what we are sharing because it is a very powerful blog written by David Hilfiker, a retired physician who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in September, 2012.  He blogs about his life and what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s.  He wants to “dispel some of the fear and embarrassment that surrounds Alzheimer’s”.

The below link is to his first blog posting in January, 2013.  If you are a patient with Alzheimer’s, know someone living with it, a Caregiver, or just someone interested, this is a MUST read!  We applaud him for being so open and honest.

Thank you David Hilfiker for writing about your life!