Abandon Brewing Co. benefit for young-onset dementia

“Abandon Brewing Company is hosting this Food for Thought campaign because the owner’s son, Bill Struzzi was diagnosed with FTD a little over a year ago, at the young age of 30.” Read more about this story, here. Events occurring across the USA from Oct. 4-11 that are open to the public may be found via the links to AFTD’s In Your Region pages: New EnglandMiddle AtlanticSouth AtlanticMidwest, South Central, Northwest, and Southwest.

Food for Thought: Dinner, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Washington, D.C.)

Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
3421 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Jamie Farid will ask diners at the Cleveland Park Bar & Grill for a minimum contribution of $10 donation at the door, with donations benefiting AFTD’s mission.

Richard E. Rainwater, Billionaire Texas Dealmaker, Dies at 71

AFTD extends condolences to the family and friends of Richard E. Rainwater, who passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015, from conditions related to PSP, a subtype of FTD. An independent investor, Mr. Rainwater established the Rainwater Charitable Foundation (RCF) in the early 1990s. More recently, the RCF began to support medical research in the field of neuroscience, including financing the research group known as the Tau Consortium, which researches the causes, progression and potential treatments of PSP. The New York Times has published a tribute here.

World FTD Awareness Week (Oct. 4-11, 2015) Social Media Kit

AFTD’s Social Media Kit offers an easy way to tell your story during World FTD Awareness Week. Simply choose the template that suits you best:

Then, from October 4th through 11th, 2015, share your own #endFTD messages on Facebook/Twitter/other social media!


A Dance With Dementia: How Spiritual Discipline Helps the Process of Losing Who We Are

In this recent Elephant Journal article written by D. Patrick Miller, FTD gets a provocative aka: “Alzheimer’s on steroids.” Miller writes, “It’s an ideal of spiritual growth that may not be too frightening to consider in the contemplative environment of meditation—after which we can always go back to the ego’s daily business. But for over 5 million sufferers of Alzheimer’s and other forms of progressive dementia, the loss of ego is not a matter of spiritual choice. As their memories and sense of self progressively fail, they have to deal with the real terror of giving up the self—and then perhaps find a spiritual perspective that helps them negotiate the process.” Read more, here.