December 2010 E-Newsletter..............

Holiday Safety

Thousands of Illinois families, affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, will be traveling during the holidays. In preparation of your travels we have pulled together safety related information that we hope you find helpful.

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Giving to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Greater Illinois Chapter
As the year comes to a close, you may receive solicitations with “Alzheimer’s” in the name of the charity. These may arrive by mail, email, phone or via a variety of media outreach campaigns. If your intent is to support the Alzheimer’s Association and the Greater Illinois Chapter, please ensure that the name “Alzheimer’s Association” is present in combination with our purple trademark logo. If you have any questions regarding how to make a donation to the Greater Illinois Chapter, please call Lisa Lee at 847.933.2413 or email her at Lisa.Lee@alz.org. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Year End Gifting Helps Everyone

What would we be without you? Your continued financial support enables us to sustain our important efforts to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Please remember us again as 2010 quickly comes to a close.

The Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter dedicates donations to providing information, support, programming and services for the more than a half million Illinoisans affected by Alzheimer's who are in the 68 counties we serve.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Registration for the Chapter’s upcoming Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) class is now open, and we hope you will join us!

PTC is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Participants will benefit from this class whether assisting with the care of a parent, spouse or friend who lives at home, in a nursing home or across the country.

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire!

Set your DVR for this week! Marcus Leshock and Lourdes Duarte from Chicago based WGN teamed up to play for the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter! Tune in Thursday, December 2 to see how much they won!


Volunteer Spotlight

My name is Chandra Rinehart. I’m currently a senior at Rockford College working on my Social Work degree and my dream is to work with the Alzheimer’s population and to educate individuals’ about the disease. As a freshmen I got my CNA certificate and worked with the Alzheimer’s population. After working as a CNA at a long term care facility for a year I became passionate about helping to educate families and professional caregivers and to make sure that the patients received the care and respect that they deserve, and it was at that point I had decided to become a social worker.

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Rose Parade Tournament

Watch for the Alzheimer’s Association float called “Boomer Express” in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day! The float, sponsored by Pfizer Corporation, is meant to signify the fact that Baby Boomers begin turning 65 this year.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s Websites

Be on the lookout in early January for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s registration websites. Walk to End Alzheimer’s, formerly known as Memory Walk, may have a new name but still has the same important purpose - ending Alzheimer’s disease one step at a time!


New Community Representative Program

In November a new program was launched that will help us meet the needs of Illinois citizens affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer's Association Community Representative (AACR) is designed to enhance program services in local communities where the needs of the community are great. AACR’s will assist Alzheimer's Association program staff in three specific ways by delivering basic programs on brain health and services of the Alzheimer's Association, attending health fairs and distributing Alzheimer's Association materials, and solicit and recruit Advocates.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

December 1, 2010 | Audio Conference
Spark That Brain

December 6, 2010 | Rockford
Navigating and Advocating in the Medical Community

December 7, 2010 | Lincoln
Thinking Ahead...Residential Care Options for Individuals with Memory Loss

December 8, 2010 | Huntley
Discussion on Family Issues Involving Alzheimer's Disease

December 14, 2010 | Crystal Lake
Keys to Successful Communication

December 16, 2010 | Gifford
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

December 14, 2010 | Chicago
Non-Alzheimer’s Related Dementias

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