.....March 2011 E-Newsletter

We Need You!...to be an Advocate

Join advocates from across the state on Thursday, April 7 at the State Capital in Springfield for the 2011 Illinois Action Summit.

The day begins with a briefing on a new comprehensive report detailing care giving in Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. Data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System’s (BRFSS) Care Giving Module included in the 2009 Illinois survey will be shared. Participating will be Erin DeFries Bouldin, author of the report; Illinois’ BRFSS Coordinator, Bruce Steiner; and State Representative Patricia Bellock.

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Why Early Detection Matters

As a follow-up to February’s article, Know the 10 Signs, we hope to continue to raise awareness and reiterate the importance of early detection. Fittingly, The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives has dedicated March 14 - 20 as Brain Awareness Week, which gives us additional reason to bring your attention to the importance of screening for brain-related conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and other dementias and drug and alcohol addiction, depression, traumatic injuries to the brain and spinal cord, stroke and other similar conditions.

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Upcoming Special Events

Are you looking to add to your art collection? How about run a 5K race? Maybe you are looking to enjoy a dinner with friends.

Look no further than the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter’s spring events!

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2011 Alzheimer’s Association Family Forums

Join the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter at one of our three upcoming Family Forums. Learn about memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease from experts in the field of aging, as well as connect with other caregivers and professionals eager to help. The resource fair will provide an excellent opportunity for additional information about products and services available to you.

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Taxes and Alzheimer's

Have you filed your taxes yet? Before you send your tax returns to the IRS, make sure you get the tax-savings you deserve. As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may qualify for tax deductions and credits.

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Chapter Seeks New Board Members

Are you passionate about Alzheimer’s disease? Are you a natural born leader? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of everyone affected by the Alzheimer’s epidemic? If your answer is yes we invite you to fill out the online application for the Greater Illinois Chapter Board of Directors.

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Thank you to our Social Workers!

March is Social Work Appreciation month and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our social workers for all that they do for individuals, families and friends who are facing memory loss.

Our social workers provide information, resources and support to individuals who call the 24/7 Helpline during regular business hours; as well as responding to emails which come in through our e-Helpline; and providing follow up services to individuals who have contacted the Helpline after regular business hours.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

March 2, 2011 | Audio Conference
Spirituality Concerns for Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers

March 2, 2011 | Chicago
Navigating and Advocating in the Medical Community

March 3, 2011 | Rockford
Just Diagnosed?

March 3, 2011 | Chicago
Navigating Family Communication and Decision Making

March 3, 2011 | Shorewood
Spark That Brain

March 5, 2011 | Joliet
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 8, 2011 | Sullivan
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 13, 2011 | Cherry Valley
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 15, 2011 | Sullivan
Spark that Brain

March 15, 2011 | Lake Zurich
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 22, 2011 | Joliet
Navigating and Advocating in the Medical Community

March 23, 2011 | Normal
Facing Memory Loss as a Community

March 24, 2011 | Sandwich
Communication and Behavior Challenges

March 24, 2011 | Sandwich
Spark that Brain

March 29, 2011 | Bartlett
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

March 10, 2011 | Chicago
Palliative Care in the Late and Final Stages of Dementia

March 30, 2011 | Chicago
Care for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease in the Hospital Setting

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