The Time is Now, Alzheimer’s Can’t Wait
Every year millions of Americans take to the streets to participate in local Walk to End Alzheimer’s® events. In 2012, the Greater Illinois Chapter will host 17 Walks throughout our 68-county service area. Click here to register.

There are many varied reasons why people participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Many walk for a loved one who is facing Alzheimer’s disease, some walk to remember and honor a loved one who has lost their battle with Alzheimer’s, while others walk to help find a cure for the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Here are five moving stories from walkers in the Greater Illinois Chapter about why they walk.
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New discoveries revealed at International Conference
This year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC), which took place July 14 through July 19 in Vacouver, Canada, hosted scientists who have made incredible advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research and treatment. Throughout the week, researchers shared different lifestyle factors proven to cause cognitive decline, called attention to new tests that aid diagnosis in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, presented possible treatments for the disease and much more.
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Gov. Quinn signs update to Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Act
The Alzheimer’s Association® Illinois Chapter Network commends Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of Public Act 97-0768, Monday. The act renews Illinois’ commitment to public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

This act is an update to the Alzheimer’s disease Assistance Act, an initiative of the Illinois General Assembly. It includes revised definitions and statistics to reflect current knowledge of Alzheimer’s incidence as well as the disease’s prevalence and the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s as well as their families and caregivers.
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Corporate Spotlight: Register your company team for Walk to End Alzheimer’s®!
The Greater Illinois Chapter would like to thank the corporate partners that have committed to forming teams for the upcoming Walk season. These companies understand the impact of Alzheimer’s on their communities and employees and are proudly partnering with us this fall as we walk to end Alzheimer’s. Forming a corporate Walk team is easy and provides many benefits to your company.
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Event gives voice to people with Alzheimer's
Joan Baker wanted to be a humanitarian, but one thing always got in the way. She didn’t know where to direct her altruism, which of the countless causes out there she was meant to embrace and support. Then her father, James P. Baker, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

“When he passed away, I knew I wanted to do something,” said the Brooklyn resident of her father, who died from complications of the disease in 2003 at the age of 80. “I was bound and determined.”
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Help us win $25,000!
The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is in the running for $25,000! Vote now in the Chicago Community Champions contest, which recognizes local nonprofits in the areas of education, community development and more. The first round of voting takes place through Aug. 3. The second round takes place Aug. 6 to Aug. 10, and the third and final round is Aug. 13 through Aug. 17. Help us win the grand prize, presented by accounting firm Blackman Kallick Plante Moran.
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Upcoming Community Education Programs:

August 1, 2012 | Bourbonnais
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 1, 2012 | Audio Conference
Current Treatments & Promising Therapies

August 3, 2012 | Niles
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 7, 2012 | Des Plaines
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 8, 2012 | McHenry
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 8, 2012 | Morris
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 9, 2012 | Byron
Book Club and Discussion

August 14, 2012 | Darien
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 14, 2012 | Pontiac
The Boomer Generation: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

August 15, 2012 | Bloomington
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 21, 2012 | Mahomet
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 22, 2012 | Chicago
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 23, 2012 | Bloomington
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

August 29, 2012 | Bloomington
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

August 29, 2012 | Arden Courts
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

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