March 2010 E-Newsletter

Social Security Administration adds Young-Onset Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter applauds the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) landmark decision to add Young-Onset Alzheimer’s to the Compassionate Care Initiative. The initiative identifies debilitating diseases and medical conditions that meet the SSA’s disability standards for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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Make Your Voice Heard!

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will hold their annual Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Springfield. “This is an important day for anyone who is concerned about Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Illinois,” said Nancy Rainwater, vice-president of communications for the Greater Illinois Chapter. “In Illinois alone there are nearly 350,000 Alzheimer’s or dementia caregivers who provide more than 300,000,000 hours of unpaid care. These numbers will continue to climb at drastic rates as the baby boomers continue to age.”

Rainwater went on to explain, “Every 70 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025 Illinois will see a 14% increase in the number of people touched by Alzheimer’s devastating affects. We need to let the state legislators know that Alzheimer’s is the public health crisis of the 21st century.”

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Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s

Watch 50 talented artists convert blank canvases into works of art as you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Rockford’s finest caterers. The evening concludes with a live auction of all the artwork. Proceeds from Unforgettable Art benefit and support the services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association for those affected by the disease in the Rock River Valley. This year Unforgettable Art will be held at the historic Prairie Street Brew House, 200 Prairie Street, in downtown Rockford.

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Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group

We are excited to announce a new Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group. This is an eight-week program designed for individuals diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, their family members or friends. The program gives those facing memory impairments the opportunity to connect with others also diagnosed as well as provide education, emotional support, and social interaction in a safe and supportive environment.

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Upcoming ALZ Stars Events!

Alz Stars is the premier athletic team that represents the Alzheimer’s Association across the nation. In Illinois the ALZ Stars participate in many athletic events. Join us on Saturday, March 27th in Bloomingdale for a Spin-A-Thon and on Sunday, April 18th in Lombard for the 2nd Annual Race to Reverse 5K.

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Frequent Mental Lapses May Precede Alzheimer's

Mental lapses among older adults occur more often among those developing Alzheimer's disease than healthy elders, according to new research.

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Remember When Fiesta!

Please join us for a spicy evening featuring a dinner with the flavors of the Caribbean, a Margarita Island, and live music with Salsa Dancing on Friday April 16, 2010 at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, 10 Brickyard Drive, in Bloomington. Remember When began in 2002 to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter and support those affected by the disease in the Chapter’s 68-county service area.

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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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Upcoming Community Education Programs for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter is committed to helping those affected by Alzheimer’s disease find the resources they desperately need. This includes not only the person with the disease but also their caregivers and loved ones. Over the next few months the Chapter will host several family forums and community education programs aimed at equipping caregivers with the skills they need to effectively care for their loved ones.

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Volunteering May Keep Elderly Stronger

New research shows that those who spent time volunteering were less likely to become frail, a physical diminishing that sometimes happens among the elderly.

According to HealthDay, the findings were drawn from an analysis of data nearly two decades old that tracked the activities of over 1,000 physically active men and women in their 70s who were described as “reasonably high-functioning.”

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

March 2, 2010 | Joliet
Now What Was I Saying?


March 3, 2010 | Bloomington
Now What Was I Saying?

March 3, 2010 | Joliet
The Noon Network

March 3, 2010 | Joliet
Now What Was I Saying?

March 7, 2010 | Deerfield
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

March 8, 2010 | Rockford
Now What Was I Saying?

March 17, 2010 | Urbana
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

March 17, 2010 | Lindenhurst
Memory Loss 101

March 18, 2010 | Lombard
Memory Loss 101

March 18, 2010 | Lincoln
Now What Was I Saying?

March 23, 2010
Audio Conference - Memory Loss 101

March 24, 2010 | Morton Grove
Know the 10 Warning Signs

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

March 24, 2010 | Rockford
Support Group Facilitator Training

March 24, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Springfield
Comfort Care for People with Developmental Disabilities and Alzheimer’s Disease: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Issues

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