Volunteer for Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Forget Me Not Days®
May 17 & 18
What are you doing Friday, May 17 or Saturday, May 18? Could you spare a few hours to volunteer for the 11th annual Forget Me Not Days®?

Established in 2003 by national life and health insurer Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Forget Me Not Days benefits Alzheimer’s Association® chapters nationwide. On May 17 and 18, this fundraiser will bring volunteers as well as Bankers Life agents and employees to streets and storefronts as a way to raise awareness of and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Bankers Life has helped raise more than $2.9 million for the Alzheimer’s Association through Forget Me Not Days as well as through corporate donations.
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Volunteer spotlight: Kay Haubenreiser
In the four years since Kay Haubenreiser began volunteering, she has logged a staggering 663 hours to further the aim and reach of the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter. Her tireless commitment was borne of personal experience.

“My mother (Nancy Mangelsdorf) had vascular dementia for 14 years and we were thrown into a world we didn’t understand,” Haubenreiser said. “All the support the Alzheimer’s Association offered was tremendous.”
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Reason to Hope right around the corner
The Alzheimer's Association® Reason to Hope, a powerful 60-minute fundraising luncheon and program, will take place later this month. The goal for the event is to spread our message into the communities we serve and raise funds for the critical work the Alzheimer’s Association does nationwide.

The 4th annual Chicago Reason to Hope will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago.

The 2nd annual Oak Brook Reason to Hope will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook.

"We are really looking forward to this year's Reason to Hope. It's one of the most powerful events and leaves you moved, inspired and motivated to raise funds and awareness in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Sam Provenzano, Manager, Immediate Giving.

For more information call 847.324.0382 or email sprovenzano@alz.org.
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Be a voice for those affected by Alzheimer’s
We are asking for your participation in the Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan 2014 Survey. The online survey, which takes 10 minutes to complete, is live now and will close April 10. Questions focus primarily on the State of Illinois’ services and programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Your responses are critical as they will provide information and direction for an updated Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan. The multi-year plan puts forth recommendations and strategies to address this healthcare issue. It is a vital document for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, their families and their caregivers. By state statute, the plan is updated every three years, with the next update scheduled to be delivered to the General Assembly early in 2014.

The survey results will be shared with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee. Results will also be available for all to view at alz.org/illinois.

Please be a voice for those affected by Alzheimer's and take the survey today! >>
An evening you’ll remember! Unforgettable Art to celebrate 10 years April 20
When Linda Lee Goldman’s mother developed Alzheimer’s disease, she left her home of 40 years and moved into a series of care facilities.

“In these facilities I found an extreme lack of meaningful art for older adults,” said Goldman, an art therapist, artist and educator from Northbrook.

Goldman used her expertise and passion to change that, creating groups where residents could express themselves and engage. Her experiences are also what have led her to participate as an artist in “Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s”
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Join the Greater Illinois Chapter Junior Board
The Alzheimer's Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is currently seeking new members to join its Junior Board. This group of civic-minded young professionals in their 20s and 30s is dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer's and related dementias.

“I sought out the Junior Board because I was looking for a group that provided both fundraising and hands-on service opportunities to benefit those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers,” said board member Andrew Levy. “The Junior Board provides trips to an assisted living facility in Lincoln Park, fundraising happy hours and various other opportunities such as volunteer staffing for the Association's Walks to End Alzheimer’s.

Some who serve on the board have lost a loved one, some have watched a friend suffer, and some have been caregiver — but all are united by a desire to see an end to Alzheimer's disease.

“It has been good to know friends facing similar issues and it helps focus the board on its objectives,” Levy added.
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Run with the ALZ Stars in the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon
Challenge. Commitment. Cause. These three words describe the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter’s ALZ Stars program and our participants perfectly. ALZ Stars athletes change the course of the future for millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s disease by taking part in endurance events and raising funds to benefit the care and support of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Join us for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Gain guaranteed entry through ALZ Stars. Click here to register for the team!

For more information, contact Ellie Simpson, Manager, Athletic Events, at esimpson@alz.org.
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Upcoming Community Education Programs:

April 1, 2013 | Carpentersville
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 3, 2013 | Wheaton
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 3, 2013 | Audio Conference
Making Sense of Memory Loss

April 4, 2013 | St. Charles
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 4, 2013 | Chicago
Just Diagnosed?

April 4, 2013 | Grayslake
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 4, 2013 | Orland Park
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 5, 2013 | Elmhurst
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 9, 2013 | Lincoln
Living with Alzheimer's

April 10, 2013 | Lake Zurich
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

April 10, 2013 | Normal
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 11, 2013 | McHenry
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 13, 2013 | Malta
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

April 13, 2013 | Springfield
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

April 13, 2013 | Bolingbrook
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 14, 2013 | Byron
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 16, 2013 | DeKalb
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 17, 2013 | Waukegan
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 17, 2013 | Anna
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

April 17, 2013 | Anna
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 18, 2013 | Northfield
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

April 20, 2013 | Winnebago
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 23, 2013 | Darien
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 23, 2013 | Oswego
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 24, 2013 | Lincoln
The Boomer Generation: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

April 25, 2013 | Elmhurst
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

April 25, 2013 | Rockford
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

April 27, 2013 | Bolingbrook
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer's

April 30, 2013 | St. Charles
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

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