A year in review

As the end of 2012 draws near, the Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter has much to look back on. From our educational programs to our signature fundraiser, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, this year has lead us considerably further down the path to a world without Alzheimer’s.

The following figures highlight the impact of our Association throughout the 68 Illinois counties we serve:

• To date, nearly $1.8 million has been raised in the 17 Walk to End Alzheimer's throughout the Greater Illinois Chapter area. 11,285 people registered and walked in support of our mission. Fundraising is open through the end of year.
• More than 85,000 people used our services, received information, visited our Website or attended our programs during the past year.
• A total of 7,997 calls came in to our 24-hour Helpline.
• 5,102 people attended support groups
• More than 10,500 people attended our education programs and conferences
• 260 new individuals were enrolled in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association® Safe Return program; bringing the total number enrolled to 3,674.

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Vote for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Festival of Trees!

The Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter has been selected to participate in this year’s Festival of Trees display at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. One of 10 uniquely decorated trees, the Alzheimer’s Association evergreen will be on display through December 24 for passersby to enjoy and select as their favorite.

To vote, visitors must retrieve a gold coin from a machine located at the display, which is near the Koi pond at the north end of the center, and place it in the box designated for the organization. The nonprofit with the most gold coins will be announced on Old Orchard’s Facebook page at the end of the month and will receive a $1,500 donation.

Alzheimer’s Association seeking support group facilitators
Ask Michael Danesha what makes a good Alzheimer’s support group facilitator and he’ll list three things.

“A desire to help, knowledge of dementia and the time to devote to training,” said the Wilmette resident who has served as a facilitator for an Alzheimer’s Association® support group for seven years.

Alzheimer’s Association support groups are regularly scheduled in-person or virtual gatherings of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, their family, friends or caregivers.
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A moving experience
The Alzheimer's Association,® Reason to Hope is a powerful 60-minute fundraising luncheon and program on Alzheimer's disease. Though there is no cost to attend the luncheon, all Table Hosts and their guests will be asked at the conclusion to support the Alzheimer's community by making a One-Time gift or Multi-Year pledge to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. The goal for the event is to spread our message into the communities we serve and raise funds for the critical work we do nationwide.
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Captured Memories: Genealogist explains how to record your family history
Grandmothers, grandfathers, great aunts and uncles – more often than not these are the people who keep their family’s history. They are the ones who know where they came from and how life has changed for the generations that have followed.

This past is precious, and yet so vulnerable. Alzheimer’s disease can rob people of their identities and their memories. A diagnosis can be devastating, but it can also act as an opportunity for family members to gather and record their past so it can never be lost.
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Illinois Shotokan Karate Club Kick for Cures
It was a day of kicking and punching, but no one got hurt.

In fact several were helped during Kick for Cures. The annual event of the Illinois Shotokan Karate Booster Club raises tens of thousands of dollars for several nonprofits, including $6,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.
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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

December 3, 2012 | Carpentersville
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

December 4, 2012 | Decatur
Relief for the Stressed out Caregiver

December 5, 2012 | Audio Conference
Situations & Strategies

December 8, 2012 | Malta
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

December 10, 2012 | Bloomington
Just Diagnosed?

December 11, 2012 | Elgin
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

December 12, 2012 | Chicago
Just Diagnosed?

December 13, 2012 | Roscoe
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

December 21, 2012 | Barrington
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

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