April 2008 E-Newsletter

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About the Greater Illinois Chapter

Programs and Support Groups

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Save the Date

Strike Out Alzheimer's
Sunday, May 18, 2008
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Westlane Family Bowl, 211 Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake.
 
Saturday, May 31, 2008
First Shift: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.  Second Shift: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Brunswick Zone, 735 N. Center, Romeoville.  Bowl with us to help Strike Out Alzheimer’s!
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Upcoming Community Education Programs:

April 2, 2008
Caregiver Series Sessions 3 & 4
Understanding Challenging Behaviors and Stress Management for Caregivers
Arden Courts Alzheimer’s Assisted Living
Palos Heights, IL

April 3, 2008
Now What Was I Saying?
Heritage Woods of Manteno
Manteno, IL

April 4, 2008
Now What Was I Saying?
Heritage Woods of Watseka
Watseka, IL

April 4, 2008
Caregiver Series Session 2

Responding to Communication Changes
Good Samaritan Hospital Behavioral Health
Downers Grove, IL

April 4, 2008
Now What Was I Saying?
Loretto Hospital
Chicago, IL

April 8, 2008
Caregiver Series Session 3
Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Alzheimer’s Association, Beazley Training Center
Chicago, IL

April 8, 2008
Caregiver Series Sessions 3 & 4
Understanding Challenging Behaviors and Stress Management for Caregivers
Plainfield Township Administrative Building
Plainfield, IL

April 11, 2008
Caregiver Series Session 3
Understanding Challenging Behaviors
Good Samaritan Hospital Behavioral Health
Downers Grove, IL

April 15, 2008
Caregiver Series Session 4
Stress Management for Caregivers
Alzheimer’s Association, Beazley Training Center
Chicago, IL

April 15, 2008
Caregiver Series Sessions 1 & 2
Memory Loss 101 and Responding to Communication Changes
Odd Fellow—Rebekah Home
Mattoon, IL

April 16, 2008
Caregiver Series Sessions 1-4

St. Mary’s Hospital
Decatur, IL

View Education Programs calendar >>

Upcoming Training for Professionals:

April 10, 2008
Illinois Dementia Care Train-the-Trainer Program

Beacon Hill
2400 South Finley Road, Lombard, IL

April 15, 2008
Advanced Topics in Alzheimer’s Care (Half Day)
Alzheimer’s Association, Beazley Training Center
8430 W. Bryn Mawr - Suite 800, Chicago, IL

View Professional Training calendar >>


Donate

As one of our newsletter readers, you probably know what a devastating disease Alzheimer’s is.  Right now there are more than 5 million Americans suffering from it-210,000 in Illinois alone-and countless others caring for them.  Every 71 seconds someone new is diagnosed.

Your donations help our experienced professionals provide the programs and services that make coping with this disease possible.  Funds also support researchers in their quest to find better treatments and, eventually, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Thank you.

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Stop by our Brain Gym
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Letter from the Editor

Dear Friends,

I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Tom Molony and I am the new Communications Director for the Greater Illinois Chapter. Though I began only two short weeks ago, I know that the GIC and its constituents are going to provide me with amazing experiences each and every day from here on forward.

I came to the Chapter after four years as the Director of School Communications at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. Before that I worked for three years at an oral health association serving the communications needs of industry professionals, so not-for-profit public relations, publications and marketing is what I do best.

What attracted me to the GIC was its mission; to be involved with what I have found to be such a passionate group of professionals, families and friends who tirelessly seek to best serve those directly affected by this disease was an opportunity I could not pass by in good faith. I feel strongly that it is my responsibility to offer what skills I have developed for the greater good and to assist in ridding future generations of this disease. I am extremely excited for the opportunities that lay ahead of me as I work alongside of all of you to realize our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Please enjoy this issue of the e-newsletter and don’t be shy about voicing your thoughts and opinions. You play a vital role in everything we do here and are an integral part of our continued success.

I am very happy to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter and I do look forward to meeting each one of you to create awareness and action and to combat Alzheimer’s disease throughout Illinois.

Tom Molony
Director, Communications


Save the Date for Unforgettable Art
Join the Greater Illinois Chapter and Advocates for Alzheimer’s Awareness (AWARE) on April 19, 2008 for Unforgettable Art.
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‘Tis the Season… for Conferences!
Conference season is upon us and the Greater Illinois Chapter will be hosting four very important events in the coming weeks.
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Advocacy Update

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View the chapter's advocacy updates >>

Greater Illinois Chapter Offers Training and Education Scholarships
Thanks to a state grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Greater Illinois Chapter is now offering full scholarships for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
Learn more about the scholarships >>

Running for a Cure
The Conquering Alzheimer’s Running Endeavor Team (Team CARE), the Alzheimer’s Association’s premiere running team, will make its seventh straight appearance in the 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday October 12, 2008.
Learn more about this event >>

Medic Alert® + Safe Return® Can Save Lives
Summer is fast approaching and that means barbecues, going to the beach and inevitably people with Alzheimer’s disease exhibiting exit-seeking behavior.
Read more >>

A Toast to Success
On Thursday, February 21, 2008, nearly 400 people gathered at the River East Art Center in Chicago for the Greater Illinois Chapter’s "A Toast to Remember" event.
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Memory Walks Taking Flight
This year alone, Illinois residents will have the opportunity to be part of more than 20 “Memory Walks” throughout the state.
Find out more and view upcoming walk dates >>

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