February 2010 E-Newsletter

Mardi Gras Comes to Chicago

Enjoy life’s excesses in the spirit of Mardi Gras at the eighth annual A Toast To Remember event Thursday, February 18, at the historic Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 East Washington Street in Downtown Chicago. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

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Greater Illinois Chapter Seeks Board Members

Cathy Edge, Chair of the Chapter’s Nominating Committee, invites you to consider membership on the Board of Directors. “A strong and passionate Board of Directors is the best way to ensure a vibrant Chapter fully capable of meeting our mission and expanding our reach to those in need. If you care deeply about our cause and desire to help us move our mission forward, consider applying to be a member of the Board,” said Cathy.

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Calling ALL Advocates!

The time to act in Illinois is NOW. There are more than a half-million Illinois citizens who are impacted by the far reaching grip of Alzheimer’s disease. Sign up today for Alzheimer’s Spring Advocacy Day and help change the lives of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Together we can make a difference!

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African-Americans Have Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s
Did you know that African-Americans may be at greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease? Research studies suggest that African-Americans have an elevated risk for diabetes and high blood pressure both are risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Recently the Alzheimer’s Association partnered with the American Heart Association for a research study and found 61% of African-Americans surveyed expressed concern about their heart health while 40% were concerned about brain health and only 6% were aware of the close connection between cardiovascular disease and dementia. Millions of African-American baby boomers are entering the age of greatest risk for development of Alzheimer’s disease – age 65 and older.

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Save the Date for our Spring Programs & Events!

In the coming months the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will host several programs special events. These events will take place throughout the Chapter’s 68-county service area and will educate caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, raise awareness and funds for local programs and national research. We hope to see you at one or more of these inspiring programs and events!

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Identifying Help is Key to Long-Distance Caregiving

Separation can complicate caregiving when you live miles away from your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Concerns about the person's safety, nutrition and health can be overwhelming, but devising a strategy can ease the difficulties.

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Brain Health Linked to Heart Health

Some of the strongest evidence about maintaining your brain is tied to heart health. The brain, like the heart, needs the right balance of nutrients, including protein and sugar - combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction to function well.

Your heart pumps about 20 percent of your blood to your brain, where billions of cells use about 20 percent of the blood's oxygen and fuel. If your heart isn't pumping well or if your brain's blood vessels are damaged your brain cells have trouble getting all the food and oxygen they need.

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Corporate Partner Spotlight

Alzheimer’s disease costs American business $61 billion a year, of which $24.8 billion is spent on Alzheimer’s health care and $36.5 billion on costs related to caregivers, including lost productivity. As the incidence of Alzheimer’s increases, so does the impact of the disease on companies and businesses. Raising awareness among corporate partners is a priority of the Greater Illinois Chapter.

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Income for Life!

If you want to make a gift to the Alzheimer’s Association that provides a tax deduction now, and a steady income stream that is also partly tax free, a Charitable Gift Annuity may be just the answer!

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Fat Hormone May Protect Against Alzheimer's

High levels of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite, are associated with a lower incidence of Alzheimer's and all other forms of dementia, according to new research. Scientists suggest it may be useful to reduce, or predict, Alzheimer risk.

The research, reported in the Dec. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, was performed because "there has been some data relating body weight to the risk of Alzheimer's disease," said senior study author Dr. Sudha Seshadri, an associate professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. "When we looked at animal studies, we found some data to indicate that leptin not only produces a feeling of satiety but also has a beneficial effect on the hippocampus. It was important to see if that was true in humans."

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

February 3, 2010 | Joliet
The Noon Network

February 4, 2010 | Dekalb
Memory Loss 101

February 4, 2010 | Rockford
The Alzheimer's Project Series
Part I: The Memory Loss Tapes

February 6, 2010 | Chicago
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

February 6, 2010 | Videoconference: Joliet
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

February 11, 2010 | Rockford
The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part II: Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?

February 15, 2010 | Malta
The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part I: The Memory Loss Tapes

February 17, 2010 | Urbana
Now What Was I Saying?

February 18, 2010 | Rockford
The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part III: Momentum in Science

February 20, 2010 | Crystal Lake
Memory Loss 101

February 22, 2010 | Malta
The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part III: Momentums in Science

February 23, 2010 | Elgin
Now What Was I Saying?

February 23, 2010
Audio Conference - The Changing Face of Intimacy

February 25, 2010 | Decatur
Now What Was I Saying?

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

February 3, 2010 | Chicago
Illinois Dementia Care Train-the-Trainer Program

February 4, 2010 | Joliet
Support Group Facilitator Training

February 10, 11 & 12, 2010 | Chicago
Powerful Tools for Caregivers

February 18, 2010 | Audio Conference
Managing Acute Confusion and Delirium in Dementia - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m

February 18, 2010 | Audio Conference
Managing Acute Confusion and Delirium in Dementia - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m

February 24, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Bloomington
Dealing with Challenging Families

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