Louis Langrée, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director, will be the special honored guest at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2021 Art of Making Memories event on May 13.

Langrée, whose father passed away from Alzheimer’s, will pay tribute to his father during the event, which raises money for Alzheimer’s care and support in Greater Cincinnati and for Alzheimer’s research.

The hybrid event, which starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public, will include a virtual viewing experience including a mission-moment: Forging a Friendship through the journey as Alzheimer’s Caregivers, which will feature speakers Suzanne Hemmer, who lost her husband, an ER physician, to younger-onset Alzheimer’s in 2015, and Lisa Elliott, who cares for her husband who was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at age 48. The virtual program will also have a special tribute to Joan Hock, long-time steward of the beloved Memories in the Making art program.

“We are so grateful that our speakers will share their journeys with this devastating disease in order to help others,” said Annemarie Barnett, Development Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter. “All during the event we will be highlighting why our services are so critical for the 55,000 people in the Tri-State who live with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.”

In addition, the event also includes a Fund-A Need, which is an opportunity for online donations. Viewers will watch as the white flower, the symbol representing Alzheimer’s first survivor, fills in as the donations grow throughout the evening. 

Funds raised will also support services the Association provides like personalized family care consultations, education programs and support groups. All Alzheimer’s education and support services are free.

“We could not do what we do without the generous support of thousands of individuals in the Tri-State,” Barnett said. “This pandemic has been especially hard on caregivers and this is a way for the community to say that caregivers matter, and they are here to help them.”

Kelli Stein, co-chair of the event, said being an active member of the Art of Making Memories Committee has allowed her “to promote awareness of what Alzheimer's is and how it impacts families.” Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on about 20 art pieces made by individuals with dementia. To register, go to aomm21.givesmart.com.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive, fatal brain disease that kills nerve cells and tissues in the brain, affecting an individual’s ability to remember, think, plan, speak, walk. In the United States, more than 6 million people have the disease.

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's®. Visit www.alz.org or call our 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.