Register now for the Illinois Action Summit
We need your voice! The 2013 Illinois Action Summit will take place Wednesday, March 13 in Springfield. It is a time for all of us in the Alzheimer’s community to meet with state lawmakers and let them know just how important this cause is for hundreds of thousands of families throughout Illinois.
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We want to hear from you! Important survey goes live March 13
The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is encouraging all those we serve to participate in the Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan 2014 Survey. The online survey, which takes 10 minutes to complete, will go live March 13 and close April 10. Questions will focus primarily on the State of Illinois’ services and programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. You will receive another email when the survey goes live.
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Story of young onset Alzheimer's
Pati Hoffman always loved working.

She never viewed her position in marketing for a major food corporation as a grind. It was a delight designing menus and planning big food shows, the vivacious 59-year-old said.

But two and a half years ago, the Carol Stream resident found she was having difficulty keeping track of her day-to-day responsibilities. She was misplacing documents, printing the same materials repeatedly – something was wrong.
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Greater Illinois Chapter honored
In February, the Alzheimer’s Association held its annual Leadership Summit, welcoming chapters from across the country to take part in seminars and collaborate on ways to continue the fight against Alzheimer’s in 2013.

During the event, Chapters were also honored for their work, and we are excited to announce that we have won the award for Chapters serving 8 million people and more in the area of research and participation.

The honor takes into account the number of our constituents who have signed up for TrialMatch, a matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies. The award is also reflective of the number of our constituents who are members of ISTAART, the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment, as well as how many attended the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference that took place in Vancouver last summer.

This is the second year in a row the Greater Illinois Chapter has won this award and we’re poised to do it again in the next fiscal year.

Thank you to all of those who are so committed to this cause!
Seeking bilingual volunteers

The Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking outgoing and engaging bilingual individuals interested in becoming Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives (AACR).
In particular, we are seeking volunteers fluent in Spanish, Polish, Italian and German, though interested individuals who speak other languages are more than welcome to apply.

The dynamic volunteer position is an opportunity to make a big impact in generating awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. AACRs assist the Alzheimer’s Association education team by presenting brief education programs in the communities they serve and representing the Association at health fairs and other community events.

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Social offering for those with early stage dementia

Connections is a new social program of the Alzheimer's Association® Greater Illinois Chapter. This program offers opportunities for individuals diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders to connect and engage with other diagnosed individuals in comfortable, meaningful, and enjoyable settings.

The first gathering of this new group will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at Panera Bread, 25 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton.

The purpose of the program is to connect with others facing Alzheimer's or dementia. A family member and other care partners are also welcome to attend.

A brief screening is required in order to attend. For more information or to register, call Danielle Dodson at 847.779.6963 or email at ddodson@alz.org

On the lookout for new Board of Director members
We’re still seeking skillful and passionate individuals to join our Board of Directors. Help us meet the needs of those we serve and continue the fight against this terrible disease.
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Save the Date
Upcoming Community Education Programs:

March 5, 2013 | Chicago
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

March 5, 2013 | Decatur
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 5, 2013 | Lombard
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 6, 2013 | Audio Conference
Strategies to Promote Successful Activities

March 7, 2013 | Woodstock
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 7, 2013 | Marion
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 11, 2013 | Aurora
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

March 12, 2013 | Chicago
Just Diagnosed?

March 13, 2013 | Deerfield
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 13, 2013 | North Riverside
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 14, 2013 | Bensenville
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 14, 2013 | Springfield
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

March 15, 2013 | Springfield
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

March 16, 2013 | Woodstock
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

March 16, 2013 | Springfield
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 19, 2013 | Rockford
Just Diagnosed?

March 20, 2013 | Chicago
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 20, 2013 | Geneva
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

March 20, 2013 | Romeoville
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

March 21, 2013 | Rockford
Know the ten Signs: Early Detection Matters

March 26, 2013 | Bloomington
Just Diagnosed?

March 26, 2013 | Decatur
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

March 27, 2013 | Joliet
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics


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