August 2009 E-Newsletter

Walking to END Alzheimer’s

Walking is something millions of Americans do everyday. We may walk to the grocery store, take a leisurely stroll around the block or simply walk to the mail box. Most of us never think twice about how this simple action can help save a life. For Cheryl Schaffer walking is far more powerful than simply putting one foot in front of the other. Schaffer has made a commitment to walk to end Alzheimer’s disease.

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Rockford Showing of ‘The Alzheimer’s Project’

On two consecutive Wednesdays in August the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter in partnership with HBO and Rockford Health System presents the Emmy Nominated HBO-Alzheimer's Project. This groundbreaking documentary is a series that has changed the way America thinks about Alzheimer's disease. The viewing will be held at Rockford Health System Funderburg Auditorum, 2300 N Rockton Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103.

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Team Care: Join Us in Our Quest For a Million

Team CARE (Conquering Alzheimer’s Running Endeavor) is the Alzheimer’s Association running team for the annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. Team CARE will be returning as an eighth year Partner Charity for the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as well as a Silver level sponsor of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon.

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Upcoming Seminars for Seasoned and New Professional Caregivers

In August of 2009 the Greater Illinois Chapter will launch two new seminars designed to help professional caregivers achieve a higher standard of caregiving. Palliative Care in the Late and Final Stages of Dementia and Putdowns and Uplifts in Dementia Care will be presented at the Greater Illinois Chapterxs Chicago Office, 8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631. There will also be several videoconference locations throughout the state, click here for details.

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High risk of Alzheimer’s for Hispanics

Hispanics may have more risk factors for developing dementia than other minority groups, with a significant number developing Alzheimer’s at an earlier age, recent studies suggest.

Experts say that Hispanics are not more genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, but cultural factors, such as education level and low income, and higher rates of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and stroke may put Hispanics at greater risk.

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Seminar to Honor World Alzheimer’s Day

An educational seminar for professionals and others interested in the latest research findings and new approaches to caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This event is intended for professionals in various care settings including home and community-based agencies and residential care settings as well as individuals and families affected by dementia.

When: September 21, 2009

Where:
North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Rd., Northfield IL
Check in: 8:00 a.m. Program: 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $45.00; reduce rate of $25.00 for members of the North Shore Senior Center

CEUs: Available for an additional $10.00

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You Are Not Alone: Supporting Caregivers of Loved Ones with Memory Loss

On Saturday, September 26, 2009 the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter in partnership with the South Side Dementia Consortium will host their annual conference. This state-of-the-art conference will be held at Kennedy-King College, Media and Culinary Arts Building, 740 West 63 Street Chicago, Illinois 60621-2032.

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Running Down Alzheimer’s One Step at a Time!
On what was arguably one of the most humid days of the summer so far in the Chicagoland area more than 100 people gathered at U.S. Cellular Field to participate in the inaugural Rundown Alzheimer’s Extravaganza! This inspirational event was kicked off by a true Chicago sports legend, Mr. Ron Kittle, a former Chicago White Sox player. During his tenure with the Chicago White Sox Kittle was named Rookie of the Year and in 1983 helped the White Sox to their first play off appearance since the 1959 World Series. Kittle spoke words of hope and encouragement that one day we will find a cure for this devastating disease. He also spoke of how a small number of people can affect change and influence others.

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Latest ICAD Research Finding

Also, Survey Shows Adults Don’t Know Heart Risk & Alzheimer’s Risk Are Related

Vienna, July 13, 2009 – Though discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease risk factors are often in the news, adults do not know about the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease risk and heart health, nor that physical activity can be protective against dementia, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna.

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Save the Date
Upcoming Community Education Programs:

August 1, 2009 | Pontiac
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

August 5, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network

August 6, 2009 | Dekalb

Caregiver Series: Session I and II
Memory Loss 101 and Understanding & Responding to People with Dementia

August 11, 2009 | Freeport
Now What Was I Saying?

August 11, 2009 | Freeport

Now What Was I Saying?

August 11, 2009 | Romeoville
Now What Was I Saying?

August 13, 2009 | Arlington Heights
Now What Was I Saying?

August 13, 2009 | Dekalb
Caregiver Series: Session III and IV
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress and Making Meaningful Memories

August 13, 2009 | Springfield

Now What Was I Saying?

August 18, 2009 | Chicago
Now What Was I Saying?

August 19, 2009 | Rochester
Memory Loss 101

August 20, 2009 | Rockford
Memory Loss 101

August 22, 2009 | Arlington Heights
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

August 25, 2009
Audio Conference – Early Stage


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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

August 6, 2009 | Chicago
Illinois Dementia Care Train-the-Trainer Program

August 12, 2009 | Chicago - Video Conference: Bloomington
Palliative Care in the Late and Final Stages of Dementia

August 20, 2009 | Audio Conference
Overview of Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m

August 20, 2009 | Audio Conference
Overview of Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

August 21, 2009 | Bourbonnais
Support Group Facilitator Training

August 26, 2009 | Chicago - Video Conference: Springfield
Put Downs and Uplifts in Dementia Care

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