June 2009 E-Newsletter

Rundown Alzheimer’s: A Party at U.S. Cellular Field

On Tuesday, July 28 the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will take over the U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, for Rundown Alzheimer’s. In its first year this event will feature a 2.5 mile fun run throughout the stadium, raffle prizes and a celebratory concert featuring Elevation, Chicago’s U2 cover band! Rundown Alzheimer’s is your opportunity to make your childhood dreams come true by stepping onto a major league baseball field without getting arrested!

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Sign-up Today for Memory Walk

Last year the Greater Illinois Chapter’s Memory Walks raised a record breaking $1.8 million. This year the Chapter hopes to set another record by breaking past the $2 million mark! However we can not make this happen without you - our dedicated walkers and volunteers. Sign up today and help enrich the life of someone who has been touched by this devastating disease.

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Updated Warning Signs Help with Early Detection

It may be difficult to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s. As part of its public education effort, the Alzheimer's Association has worked with a wide range group of experts to update its 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's to make them more current and user-friendly. The comprehensive review process included feedback from health professionals, clinicians, scientists and people with dementia.

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Last Chance to Sign Up for the Family Forums

Sign up today for the inaugural Alzheimer’s Association: Family Forums. On two consecutive Saturdays in June the Greater Illinois Chapter will host a Family Forum to help all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The first forum will take place on Saturday, June 6 at North Central College Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville. The second forum will take place on Saturday, June 13 at Harper College Wojcik Conference Center in Palatine.

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New Workshop for Family Caregivers!

Beginning in July the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will be launching their new program for family Caregivers. The Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving is a new program intended to help those facing the daunting task of caring for someone with memory loss navigate their journey.

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Ride to Remember

On Saturday, June 20 Brian & Jennifer Black are hosting the first ever motorcycle Ride to Remember - a poker run to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at JimeZ’s Sports Bar & Grill, 11677 Main Street, Roscoe, Illinois 61073 and the ride starts at 10:00 a.m.

Ride to Remember will feature a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and giveaways! The cost is $20 per bike with all proceeds supporting life saving research, programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information or to register contact Brian Black at bblack@hcihealth.com or Jennifer Black at JimeZ’s Sports Bar & Grill at 815.623.5900.


Join us on Facebook and Twitter

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is now on Facebook and Twitter.
Every day we’ll share updates on events, links to recent Alzheimer’s disease news, information on how you can help join the fight, and much more.

If you’re on Facebook, click here and become a fan. Or if you tweet, click here and follow us on Twitter. Check us out and tell us what you think.


June is the Wedding Month

On the hit ABC show "Grey's Anatomy," characters Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) are engaged. Although their big day didn’t happen during this season…maybe it still will.

Their wedding-planning bridesmaid, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) created a wedding Web site for family, friends and fans of the show to make donations to the couple's favorite charities in lieu of gifts. The Alzheimer's Association was featured as one of these charities.

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Board Game Helps Families Create Memories

Making Memories Together® is an award-winning, non-competitive board game for people with major memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

The game does not help symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, but it does enhance the quality of life for the affected individual by making visits with family and friends more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Save the Date
Upcoming Community Education Programs:

June 3, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network - Professionals

June 3, 2009 | Freeport
Caregiver Series: Session I and II
Memory Loss 101 and Understanding &
Responding to People with Dementia

June 4, 2009 | Dekalb
Now What Was I Saying?


June 4, 2009 | Springfield
Caregiver Series: Session I and II
Memory Loss 101 and Understanding &
Responding to People with Dementia


June 5, 2009 | Aurora
Now What Was I Saying?

June 6, 2009 | Naperville
Alzheimer's Association Family Forums

June 9, 2009 | Belvidere
Now What Was I Saying?

June 10, 2009 | Freeport
Caregiver Series: Session III and IV
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress
and Making Meaningful Memories

June 11, 2009 | Wheeling
Now What Was I Saying?

June 11, 2009 | Springfield
Caregiver Series: Session III and IV
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress
and Making Memorable Memories

June 11, 2009 | Belvidere
Now What Was I Saying?

June 13, 2009 | Palatine
Alzheimer's Association Family Forums

June 15, 2009 | Carterville
Caregiver Series: Session I and II
Memory Loss 101 and Understanding & Responding to People with Dementia

June 16, 2009 | Carterville
Caregiver Series: Session II and III
Understanding & Responding to People with Dementia and Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress

June 16, 2009
Audio Conference - Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress

June 18, 2009 | Joliet
Memorable Meals and Caring Connections

June 24, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network - Family & Friends


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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

June 2, 2009 | Chicago
Best Friends Approach to Care for Direct Care Staff (The Art of the Knack, Life Story Work, Communication)


June 16, 2009 | Chicago

Best Friends Approach to Care for Direct Care Staff (Challenging Behaviors, Activities, More Activities)

June 24, 25, & 26, 2009 | Chicago
Powerful Tools for Caregivers

June 30, 2009 | Chicago
Best Friends Approach to Care for Direct Care Staff (Supporting Families, Communicating Effectively, Caring for yourself)

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