Jack Smith in the News

Jack SmithJack Smith is skateboarding across the United States in honor of his father, who passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012.

Jack is a legend in the skateboard world and lives in Morro Bay where he has a skateboard museum.

You can donate to Jack’s team’s efforts here.


Planting Seeds of Hope

Forget me not

Volunteers from Bankers Life and Casualty Company branch sales office take to the streets May 17 and 18 to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in the company’s 11th annual Forget Me Not Days® event.

Employees and agents from Bankers Life – the national life and health insurer that serves the retirement needs of the middle market – will collect donations in cities across the United States. Wearing distinctive green gardening aprons, they’ll hand out packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds to donors, encouraging them to plant the seeds in honor of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease.

For members of the community interested in making a donation, Bankers volunteers will be collecting donations those two days at locations across the country, including:

Grover Beach
1758 Grand Avenue
May 17: 9am-5pm
May 18: 9am-5pm

5700 Stockdale Hwy
May 17: 8am-4pm
May 18: 8am-2pm

2400 Las Posas Road
May 17: 10am-5pm
May 18: 8am-3pm

2547 Rosamond Blvd.
May 17: 8am-5pm
May 18: 8am-5pm

One hundred percent of the money collected in goes to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Association Great Place to Work!


Care Specialist Luciana Cramer at work in our Santa Barbara office.

Every year, The NonProfit Times surveys the employees of nominated nonprofits to determine which are the best to work for. The survey covers eight categories ranging from leadership and planning, to work environment, to employee engagement.

Each organization is scored based on the survey responses. The top 50 nonprofits are ranked, irrespective of size; and then sublists are compiled for small, medium and large employers.

Among all nonprofits, the Alzheimer’s Association is ranked No. 9; among large nonprofits  (250 or more employees), we rank No. 2!

The result is the annual Best NonProfits to Work For.

A Push To Remember in the news

Jack Smith, the publisher of The Skateboarder’s Journal and owner and curator of the Morro Bay Skatelab Skate Museum in Morro Bay, is skateboarding across the U.S. to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.

In this SLO Tribune, he talks about using Kickstarter to raise funds to help.

What we’re hoping to do is raise enough money to cover our expenses” and secure sponsorships from skateboarding companies, explained Smith, who took similar skateboarding trips in 1976, 1984 and 2003. The rest will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.  —Jack Smith

Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum 2013


The CEO of our Chapter, Rhonda Speigel, is in Washington, D.C. for the Advocacy Forum.

On-the-scene highlights and images  are available here.

Key legislation we are leading

We are currently working to enact two key federal legislative priorities:

Expand diagnosis and care planning: The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act – (S. 738/H.R. 1386)
To  provide better medical care and outcomes for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, possible dementia must first be detected, the disease must then be diagnosed, care must be planned, and the diagnosis must be noted in the patient’s medical record. Studies also suggest that early diagnosis and care planning are keys to the improved long-term health of caregivers. The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act would expand diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, provide information on medical and non-medical services for newly-diagnosed patients and their families, and require that a diagnosis be noted in a patient’s medical record. Learn more at alz.org/hopeact.

Implement the National Alzheimer’s Project Act
Alzheimer’s disease, creating an enormous strain on the health care system, families, and the federal budget. Recognizing this growing crisis, Congress unanimously passed and President Obama signed into law the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (P.L. 111-375). Now, the Secretary of Health and Human Services must thoroughly and expeditiously implement this law by creating a plan to comprehensively address the federal government’s efforts on Alzheimer’s research, care, institutional services, and home- and community-based programs. Learn more at alz.org/napa.

Actor, Alzheimer’s Champion and longtime advocate David Hyde Pierce, honorary chair of the 2013 Forum, welcomed attendees, receiving a standing ovation when introduced. He set a great tone.

“I love the word ‘advocate’ because the Spanish word for ‘advocate’ is ‘abogado,’ and ‘abogado’ sounds like ‘avocado.’ Avocados are like Alzheimer’s advocates — because they are irresistible and they have big nuts.”

Once the laughter and applause died down, he added, “If you’re going to come to Washington in the middle of sequestration and ask for funding, you better have both.”

David Hyde Pierce addresses Advocates

David Hyde Pierce addresses Advocates

Find out more about becoming an Advocate.