News out of Alzheimer’s international conference
More than 5,000 people from 70 countries attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® July 13 through July 18 in Boston. The event, which draws dementia and neuroscience researchers from around the world, featured renowned speakers and revealed several new developments in the field.

These include links between cancer and chemotherapy and risks of developing Alzheimer's disease, the scientific validity of online memory tests and increased availability of data for researchers worldwide.
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Greater Illinois Chapter welcomes new board members
The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased to announce it has appointed several new members to its Board of Directors. Our board works tirelessly to support and further the mission the Greater Illinois Chapter, which serves 68 counties throughout the state.
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Companies can offer support with Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsorship
Theresa Gowin is completely hands-on when it comes to the business she co-owns with husband Jason Gowin. Established seven years ago, Gowin Parc Memory Care has expanded to serve four Illinois communities — Mattoon, Pana, Taylorville and Paris.

“Our company is just at the right size,” said Gowin, adding that she is very much in tune with what is going on with residents as they live with dementia and all its accompanying challenges.
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Exciting events to aid the Alzheimer’s cause
Several exciting events benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association® are on the horizon. Please join us in supporting these endeavors with your participation, contribution or enthusiasm.
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Join us August 7 for the Music and Memory Audio Conference
The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter will present the free audio conference Music and Memory — Help Spread the Music from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Audio conferences are designed for those who cannot attend a program away from their home or office.

Music can be such a beautiful and powerful part of life, bringing joy and calmness to those affected by Alzheimer’s. Join presenters Cari Claussen, Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center Program Director, and Jeanne E. Campbell, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, as they discuss how to select and utilize music that will bring a better quality of life to those with dementia.
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Illinois resident appointed to national advisory group
The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter would like to recognize Pati Hoffman of Carol Stream on her recent appointment to the national Alzheimer’s Association Early-Stage Advisory Group. Comprised of people with early-stage Alzheimer’s, the group is an invaluable resource to the Association as it represents people living with the disease. Each advisor is selected for his or her personal experiences with the disease and the desire to draw attention to early-stage issues.

The role of the Early-Stage Advisory Group is, among other things, to raise awareness about early-stage issues, act as spokespersons for national media opportunities, advocate to increase funding for research and support programs and help the Association in providing the most appropriate services for people living with early-stage Alzheimer’s.

“My expectations are that I will also continue to raise awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s by sharing my viewpoint and personal story,” said Hoffman, who has also worked with the Greater Illinois Chapter to bring attention to the issue of Alzheimer’s. “My personal goal is to continue to hammer the point that Alzheimer’s sufferers have special needs regardless of the stage of their disease. I also expect to learn as much as I teach about programs, technologies and research.”
Carbondale office boasts new materials in lending library
New York Times bestseller “Still Alice,” “What’s Happening to Grandpa?” “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out” — these are just a handful of titles from the newly expanded lending library in the Carbondale office of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, 320 E. Walnut St., Suite A. Purchase of the new materials was made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.

Materials are wide-ranging and focus on everything from activity planning for the person with dementia to biographies of those with the disease to resources for caregivers. The library also includes books for children and teens, audio books and resources for medical and care professionals.

Also available to the public is materials about Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

Books are loaned out for two weeks; video are loaned out for one week. Those who check out materials may call the office during business hours before the due day to renew provided there are no other requests for a title. A $15 deposit per video is required at the time of the loan and borrowers will be responsible for replacement or repair if materials are lost or damaged.

To reach the Carbondale office, call 618.985.1095.
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Upcoming Community Education Programs:

August 1, 2013 | Taylorville
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 6, 2013 | Crystal Lake
Living with Alzheimer's: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

August 7, 2013 | Audio Conference
Music and Memory – Help spread the music

August 7, 2013 | Libertyville
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 7, 2013 | Grayslake
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 8, 2013 | Lombard
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 13, 2013 | Rantoul
Alzheimer’s Disease in the African American Community

August 14, 2013 | Lake Villa
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 14, 2013 | Normal
Addressing Challenging Behaviors

August 14, 2013 | Chicago (In Spanish)
Alzheimer's disease in the Latino Community

August 15, 2013 | Taylorville
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

August 15, 2013 | Rockford
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 16, 2013 | Downers Grove
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's

August 20, 2013 | Chicago
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 20, 2013 | Woodstock
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

August 21, 2013 | Chicago
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

August 21, 2013 | Evanston
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 22, 2013 | Yorkville
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

August 23, 2013 | Lombard
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

August 28, 2013 | Bloomington

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

August 28, 2013 | Clinton

Boomers and Alzheimer’s Disease

August 29, 2013 | Orland Park

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

August 29, 2013 | Lincolnshire

Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

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