April 2010 E-Newsletter

New Report Unmasks Alzheimer’s Disease

In March of 2010 the National Office of the Alzheimer’s Association released a sobering report on Alzheimer’s disease and those touched by its devastating affects. Incidents of Alzheimer’s disease are continuing to rise at drastic rates and will skyrocket once the baby boomers enter the age for greatest risk of development - age 65 and older. Today there are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 210,000 living in Illinois alone. Illinois will see a 14% increase in the number of people who have Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. In addition Alzheimer’s disease remains the seventh leading cause of death nationally and the fifth leading cause of death in Illinois for those age 65 and older.

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Seats still available for Reason To Hope

There are a limited number of seats still available for Reason To Hope held at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend this event, but we hope that you will be inspired to help our cause.

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Community Education Program Offered for Family Caregivers

On six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 20 and ending May 25, the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter will present the Powerful Tools For Caregivers (PTC) program from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at The Clare At Water Tower, 55 E. Pearson St., The Abbey Room, Chicago, IL 60611.

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April is Special Events Month

The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter will host several special events throughout the month of April across our 68-county service area. “These uplifting and inspiring events would not be possible without the support and dedication of the volunteers, board members and committee chairs form the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter,” said Lisa Lee vice-president of development. “We honor and thank them for their service to our cause.”

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April Showers Bring Severe Weather

Spring weather in Illinois can range from moderate snow fall in the northern part of the state to tornados and flooding across much of the central and southern part of the state. The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter would like to remind everyone that dangerous weather situations can cause significant stress for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their Caregivers and may lead to distressing situations.

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Family Forums

The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter is committed to helping those affected by Alzheimer’s disease find the resources they desperately need. This includes not only the person with the disease but also their caregivers and loved ones. Over the next few months the Chapter will host several family forums aimed at equipping caregivers with the skills they need to effectively care for their loved ones.

Throughout April, May and June the chapter will host several Family Forums throughout the state. The forums consist of up-to-date information on research, general caregiving tips and tricks and a vendor resource fair. These half-day sessions will assist anyone who is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, no matter where they are on their journey.

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Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group

We are excited to announce a new Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group. This is an eight-week program designed for individuals diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, and their family members or friends. Group sessions will offer participants the opportunity to explore what memory loss means to them and to learn ways to: cope with changes, maximize strengths, enhance communication, and plan for the future. The groups provide education, emotional support, and social interaction in a safe and supportive environment.

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Just Ask is the Answer

Jeremy Curtis has simple words of advice to businesses helping to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association: just ask! In 2009 the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater lllinois Chapter began a point of purchase program where businesses encourage their customers to purchase a ‘Forget-Me-Not” card for $1 to help in the fight against Alzheimers disease…it is then displayed in the business. Jeremy Curtis, General Manager of Savoy 16 Theaters in Savoy, Illinois knew he could be successful. Savoy Theater sold more that 6,200 Forget-Me-Nots beating his original goal by more than 1,000 pieces.

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April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day

National Health Care Decisions Day (NHDD) is an initiative involving national, state and community organizations who recognize the importance of ensuring that adults with decision-making capacity have correct information, guidance and the opportunity to document their health care wishes.

The growing numbers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias noted in the new 2010 National Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures, underscores the magnitude and urgency of having these conversations.

For more information, please go to the NHDD website at www.nhdd.org. It contains a wealth of information, guidance, and forms.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

April 7, 2010 | Joliet
The Noon Network


April 8, 2010 | Springfield - Videoconference: Bloomington, Chicago and Rockford
Memory Loss 101

April 20, 2010 | Audio Conference
Balancing Independence and Safety: Driving Decisions for Persons with Memory Loss

April 22, 2010 | Lockport
Now What Was I Saying?

April 23, 2010 | Lemont
Know the 10 Warning Signs

April 24, 2010 | Bloomington
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

April 28, 2010 | Morris
Memory Loss 101

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

April 6, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Bloomington and Rockford
Managing Stress: Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others

April 8, 2010 | Northbrook
Multi-Disciplinary Certificate Program in Dementia Assessment, Care and Management

April 13, 2010 | Bloomington Videoconference: Carterville
Support Group Facilitator Training

April 13, 2010 | Chicago
Activity-Based Alzheimer’s Care

April 15, 2010 | Audio Conference
Providing Comfort Care in Advanced Dementia


April 21, 2010 | Chicago Videoconference: Bloomington, Joliet, and Springfield
Dining and Dementia

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