June 2010 E-Newsletter...................

Running Down Alzheimer’s One Step at a Time!

Join the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter on Thursday, June 17 at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, as we Rundown Alzheimer’s! This spectacular event, in its second year, is a fun run and celebratory concert featuring Brad Cole. Brad Cole is a Chicago singer songwriter who has been personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Tickets are $30 for runners, with a $70 fundraising minimum, or $15 for non-runners!

“Rundown Alzheimer’s is a one of a kind athletic event giving participants a once in a lifetime opportunity at U.S. Cellular Field,” said Cara Corbett, manager of athletic events for the Greater Illinois Chapter.

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Honor a Loved One on Our Tribute Wall

Alzheimer’s disease does not just affect the person with the disease…it affects families…it affects friendships…it affects many lives. Our new online tribute wall gives you the chance to honor anyone who is affected by the disease. Besides honoring a loved one who has the disease, you can show your appreciation to a caregiver who goes the extra mile; thank a health care professional who assures your care; or a volunteer who selflessly gives their time.

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Register Today for Memory Walk

Now is the time to register for Memory Walk. Gather your friends and family members and build or join a Memory Walk team. Have fun while exercising and raising funds for a great cause.

Memory Walk is the signature event of the Alzheimer's Association which began in 1989. During that first year only nine Chapters participated, the event has since grown to more than 600 walks nationwide. In 2010 the Greater Illinois Chapter will host Memory Walks in 15 different communities throughout the 68-county service area.

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For Better Safety, Evaluate your Environment

June is National Safety Month, and spring is a time of year when many homeowners are inspired to begin modifications and improvements.

If you are part of a family living with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to remember that one of the keys to aging at home is doing so safely. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s does not have to signal the loss of independence and freedom. As many as 70 percent of people living in the United States with Alzheimer’s today are doing so in their own homes.

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Professional Training Institute Partners with Joliet Community College

The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased to announce a new partnership between Joliet Community College and the Chapter’s Professional Training Institute.

“This new partnership will allow the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter to enhance professional education offerings,” said Susan Rothas, senior manager of the Institute. “This project involves the delivery of a specialized course about the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias who are cared for in the home setting by professional and family caregivers.

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New Consumer Education Programs Start in July

In July the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter will offer a new line-up of cutting edge consumer education programs. “Every year the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter enhances our consumer and professional education programs,” said Melanie Chavin, vice-president of programs and services for the Chapter. “This year we have three new educational opportunities available for family and friends who care for people with dementia as well as those who are concerned about memory loss. These new programs will allow new and returning attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.”

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Brad Cole LIVE AT Angels & Kings

Chicago, singer/songwriter, Brad Cole, has generously offered to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association through CD sales at this event. Please join us to raise funds for the Association while listening to amazing
live music!
When: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 10:00 p.m
Where: Angels & Kings 710 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60654

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Host Your Own Event for Alzheimer’s

Here are several easy steps to take if you want to host a fundraising event to benefit the Greater Illinois Chapter!

• Select the type of event you want to have
• Contact the Chapter office nearest you for a fundraising kit
• Host your event
• Submit your event report with the proceeds of your event (photos are always welcome)

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Safer Travel for Those with Dementia

June is National Safety Month and the time of year when many Americans plan summer and holiday travel. Whether you’re considering a weekend getaway or an extended stay, traveling with an individual who has Alzheimer’s requires additional thought and precaution.

Persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers need to be prepared for a change in schedule and environment. Even if it is a trip you have taken before, it may feel new for the person with the disease.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

June 2, 2010 | Joliet
The Noon Network

June 3, 2010 | Rockford
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part III: Momentums In Science

June 5, 2010 | Orland Park
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

June 5, 2010 | Rockford - Videoconference: Chicago
Now What Was I Saying?

June 9, 2010 | Bourbonnais
Now What Was I Saying?

June 10, 2010 | Joliet
Memory Loss 101

June 10, 2010 | Rockford
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part IV: Caregivers

June 15, 2010 | Audio Conference
Behaviors as a Form of Communication

June 17, 2010 | Pontiac
Now What Was I Saying?

June 19, 2010 | Springfield
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

June 19, 2010 | Rockford
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

June 29, 2010 | Northbrook
Navigating Family Communication and Decision-Making

View Education Programs calendar >>

Upcoming Training for Professionals:

June 1, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Bloomington, Rockford, and Springfield
Medication Management for Pain, Behavior and Sleep Disturbances

June 10, 2010 | Audio Conference
Staying Safe at Home with Dementia

June 17, 2010 | Bloomington
Advanced Topics In Alzheimer’s Care A Full-day Train-the-Trainer Program

June 18, 2010 | Bloomington
Advanced Topics In Alzheimer’s Care: A Half-day Train-the-Trainer Program

June 22, 2010 | Chicago
Person-Centered Approaches to Challenging Behaviors

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