April 2009 E-Newsletter

New Report: Alzheimer's Disease Triples Healthcare Costs

Total healthcare costs are more than three times higher for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias than for other people age 65 and over, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, released March 24, 2009.

In the new report, total healthcare costs are calculated as per person payments from all sources. Medicare payments alone are almost three times higher for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia than for others over age 65; Medicaid payments alone are more than nine times higher.

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Q & A with 103.5 KISS FM’s Angi Taylor

On Sunday, April 19 the Greater Illinois Chapter will host the inaugural Race to Reverse 5K in Lombard, Illinois. “We currently have more than 75 runners signed up for this event and are very excited to have local celebrity Angi Taylor from 103.5 KISS FM’s wildly popular Drex in the Morning show running with us in this race,” said Kim Oakley, manager of athletic events for the Chapter. “Angi has agreed to help us raise funds in our fight against this devastating disease.”

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Educational Opportunities for Family and Professional Caregivers

Throughout April, May and June the Greater Illinois Chapter will be providing several opportunities for family and professional caregivers to learn and share their knowledge. From Chicago to Carterville and Bloomington to Joliet the Greater Illinois Chapter is committed to providing state-of-the-art presentations and up-to-date information on Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

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Spring is in the Air!

As we start to emerge from the long and cold winter the Greater Illinois Chapter has the perfect opportunity to celebrate! We are hosting several spring events throughout our 68-county service area. These inspirational and uplifting events will help shape an atmosphere of hope while funding vital community educational programs and services.

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Alzheimer’s Disease and the Developmentally Disabled Population

Alzheimer’s disease is fairly common among older adults but it is relatively rare among middle-aged people. However, so called “young onset” Alzheimer’s disease is a large and growing problem among people with Down Syndrome, a genetic birth disorder that results in a variety of developmental disabilites. Until recently, people with Down Syndrome did not live to middle-age due to a host of medical complications. Improvements in diagnosis, treatment and care have extended longevity in this population, although life expectancy is still just 56 years. In a sense, people with Down Syndrome experience premature aging.

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Advocacy Day in Springfield

On Wednesday, March 18 more than 90 advocates from the Illinois Network of the Alzheimer’s Association arrived in Springfield to talk to our legislators about issues affecting those who have Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

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HBO To Air Documentary Series on Alzheimer’s Disease

This May, tune into “The Alzheimer’s Project,” HBO's four-part documentary series that examines groundbreaking Alzheimer discoveries made by the country’s leading scientists and the effects this debilitating and fatal disease has on those with Alzheimer’s and their families.

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Forget Me Not Pin-Up Program

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death among those 65 and older according to a recent study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association National Office. The Greater Illinois Chapter is committed to finding a cure for this devastating disease. In May we are launching the Forget Me Not Pin-Up Program across our 68-county service area.

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We're On The MOVE!

Make a difference in the lives of the 210,000 Illinois residents living with Alzheimer’s disease! The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter is on the MOVE to raise $2 million this year for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on volunteers of all ages to become champions in the fight against this fatal disease. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $260 million nationally for the cause. The Greater Illinois Chapter will host 12 walks in 2009, but walks are held in nearly 600 locations nationwide.

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Save the Date
Upcoming Community Education Programs:

April 1, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network - Professionals

April 2, 2009 | Orland Park
Now What Was I Saying?

April 14, 2009 | Lincoln
Caregiver Series: Session I and II
Memory Loss 101 and Understanding &
Responding to People with Dementia


April 15, 2009 | Lincoln
Caregiver Series: Session III & IV
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress
and Making Meaningful Moments


April 16, 2009 | Joliet
Memorable Meals & Caring Connections

April 18, 2009 | Morton Grove
Caregiver Series: Session I and II
Memory Loss 101 and Understanding &
Responding to People with Dementia

April 21, 2009 | Lake Zurich
Caregiver Series: Session I
Memory Loss 101


April 22, 2009 | Naperville
Now What Was I Saying?


April 23, 2009 | Joliet
Focus Forward: Education Conference
for Families and Professionals

April 23, 2009 | Lake Zurich
Caregiver Series: Session II
Understanding & Responding to People with Dementia

April 25, 2009 | Morton Grove
Caregiver Series: Session III and IV
Building Skills to Manage Caregiver Stress
and Making Meaningful Memories

April 28, 2009 | Lake Zurich
Caregiver Series: Session III
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress

April 29, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network - Friends & Family

April 30, 2009 | Lake Zurich
Caregiver Series: Session IV
Making Meaningful Memories



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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

April 7, 2009 | Bloomington
Illinois Dementia Care

April 8, 2009 | Tinley Park
Dementia Care 101 for Direct Care Staff

April 15, 2009 | Chicago
Activity-Based Alzheimer’s Care

April 15, 2009 | Rockford
Support Group Training

April 17, 2009 | Chicago
Support Group Training

April 22, 2009 | Chicago
Alzheimer’s Disease and the Developmentally Disabled Population

April 23, 2009 | Joliet
Focus Forward: Education Conference for Families and Professionals


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