Nader, Nader, rah! rah! rah!

If you were one of the hundreds who couldn’t get into the Crest Theatre to see presidential candidate Ralph Nader‘s sold out Sacramento rally in September, you have another chance! And you can even choose between a regular local rally or a super-sized rally down the road.

The Nader 2000 Super Rally is coming to the Kaiser Auditorium in Oakland Saturday, Oct. 21. Like last week’s rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden, this event is expected to draw thousands. Nader will appear with Green Party Senate candidate Medea Benjamin and a lineup of special guests yet to be announced. (FYI—guests at the other Nader 2000 super rallies have included Ani DiFranco, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Susan Sarandon, Michael Moore and Tim Robbins.) This will be Nader’s only California Super Rally, so buy your $15 ticket online.

If you want something a little closer to home, Citizen Ralph is headed over to Davis after the rally. He’ll be speaking at Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for the general public. Call 752-1915 to get yours. Or if you can spare a C-note, you can meet Nader at a private reception at Soga’s Restaurant before the speech. Call Sandy at (530) 758-4684 for details.

Care for caregivers

In the Sacramento area alone, there are an estimated 40,000 Alzheimer’s patients. The majority of these live with family members, who take on the heavy responsibility of caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, a scary disease that can often leave caregivers feeling helpless and stressed.

According to John Gorman, co-founder of the Alzheimer’s Aid Society of Northern California, one-third of caregivers die before their patients, usually from heart problems. “[There is] so much stress and guilt involved in taking care of Alzheimer’s patients.”

In an effort to help prepare caregivers for the task of caring for Alzheimer’s patients, the Alzheimer’s Aid Society will provide a seminar in which speakers will address topics such as research, legal issues, grief and guilt, activities, patient care, incontinence and resources concerning the everyday care of Alzheimer patients. The 18th annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers Seminar will be held 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at American River College, 4700 College Oak Dr.

Gorman stresses that the most important responsibility of caregivers is education. Caregivers will learn that they have to “go into their [patients'] world, don’t bring them into yours.”

For more information, call Bea at (209) 333-2649 or (800) 540-3340. Continuing Education Units will be offered.