........................May 2010 E-Newsletter

A Reason to Hope

On Tuesday, April 13, 2010 nearly 200 people packed the Chicago Metropolitan Club to honor and support the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter at the first ever A Reason to Hope Luncheon. The mood in the room was one of light hearted fun inspired by the Emcee and Chair, Nick Tzitzon, son in law of Chicago radio legend Wally Phillips. Tzitzon infused the hour long luncheon with jokes, stories about the speakers and also brought a sense of urgency to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Forget Me Not Days 2010 Blooms in May

Come plant a seed of hope for a world without Alzheimer’s by supporting Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s annual Forget Me Not Days® fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 in Chicagoland and locations nationwide.

Each year Bankers agents, employees, family and friends hit the streets the weekend after Mother’s Day to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. You can spot volunteers wearing green gardening aprons and passing out packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds, which they encourage donators to plant in honor of the estimated 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Jeannine Forrest, Ph.D., R.N. Visit to Wuhan China April 2010

Dr. Jeannie Forrest is the project manager for the Palliative Care grant for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. She has been professionally involved in the practice, education, and research of older adults and end-of-life care since 1984. Recently she traveled to China to present at an international conference. This is her story.

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Challenge Yourself to Be an ALZ Star

It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s whether you’re making a difference. Make a difference today with ALZ Stars, an active events program to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. This program is a way to raise money for the cause while completing a physically challenging event.

Whether you run, bike, hike or climb a mountain, ALZ Stars is something you can do to help end Alzheimer's disease. It's time to test your limits for a cause that needs your support!

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Seventeen and Caregiving

Imagine yourself at the age of 17 taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. This is the reality for a true champion in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, Kendal Kennedy. Recently she shared her story with us.

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Forget Me Not Point of Purchase Program

Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death among those 65 and older according to a recent study conducted by the Alzheimer’s Association National Office. The Greater Illinois Chapter is committed to finding a cure for this devastating disease. In May we are launching the Forget Me Not Point of Purchase Program across our 68-county service area.

"The Forget Me Not Point of Purchase Program is an excellent opportunity for businesses to help raise money to help fund vital community programs,” said Lisa Lee, vice president of development for the Chapter.

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Greater Illinois Chapter Volunteer Lisa Caponigri Wins Award

Greater Illinois Chapter Volunteer Lisa Caponigri won the youth category for Schaumburg’s top volunteers of 2010! Lisa demonstrates that volunteering is giving time to her follow man of all ages, especially those in need. She is a senior at Schaumburg High School (SHS), a member of the National Honor Society, an active member of the Student Helping Others program in a variety of community service activities which include volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association, Friendship Village, mentoring other students in math, providing computer assistance at the Schaumburg Township Library and helping at the WINGS program for women and children.

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It’s Memory Walk Time Again!

May is a very exciting time around the Greater Illinois Chapter because it marks the beginning of Memory Walk season! 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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Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Report

Click here to view our fiscal year 2009 annual report. This document highlights the chapter’s work throughout the past fiscal year. Special thank you goes out to all of our volunteers, donors and staff for making the work of the Greater Illinois Chapter a step above the rest!

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

May 4, 2010 | Rockford
Just Diagnosed?

May 4, 2010 | Rockford
Now What Was I Saying?

May 5, 2010 | Joliet
The Noon Network

May 6, 2010 | Rockford
Know the 10 Warning Signs

May 19, 2010 | Chicago
Just Diagnosed?

May 19, 2010 | Hazel Crest
Know the 10 Warning Signs

May 20, 2010 | Wheeling
Memory Loss 101

May 20, 2010 | Rockford
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part I: Memory Loss Tapes

May 25, 2010
Audio Conference - Now What Was I Saying?

May 27, 2010 | Rockford
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Part II: Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

May 4, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Bloomington
Palliative Care in the Late and Final Stages of Dementia

May 7, 2010 | Chicago
Illinois Dementia Care Train-the-Trainer Program

May 12, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Rockford
Staying Safe with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

May 21, 2010 | Chicago
Support Group Facilitator Training

May 26, 2010 | Chicago - Videoconference: Rockford
Spirituality and Dementia Care

View Professional Training calendar >>


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