.........................May 2011 E-Newsletter

New Name, Same Purpose
We are officially launching our new signature event, Walk to End Alzheimer’s™! The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, we’ve mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now, we’re continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s - the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s events will take place throughout the state of Illinois in September and October 2011.
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Honor Someone Special This Mother’s Day
This Mother’s Day show you care by making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. All donations help fund vital community services and support research at the National level. Honor the special women in your life by making a difference in the lives of the nearly 790,000 Illinoisans affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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What is an Early Stage Support Group?
An early stage support group is a gathering of people diagnosed with memory loss, who want to meet and talk with others with the diagnosis. In this group you can share ideas on living with the disease, share coping skills, and make new friends. Care partners, who are typically family members, spouses or partners but can also be friends, participate in a separate simultaneous group.
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May is Forget-Me-Not Month
The Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter is organizing the Forget-Me-Not Point of Purchase Program with the help of businesses across Illinois. Our Point of Purchase Program runs during the entire month of May, and is a free and easy way for businesses small and large to help raise money for much needed programs and services for people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and caregivers. In this Program, employees offer customers the opportunity to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association as they check out at the register.

We would like to thank this year's participating businesses for showing their support for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, and for leading the way in their community.

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Join Us at the Bloomington Family Forum
Join us Saturday, June 11 at the Holiday Inn, 3202 East Empire Street in Bloomington for the 2011 Family Forum. This half-day event runs from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and features dynamic speakers, panel discussions and a resource fair! Sign up today!

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Sign Up Today for TrialMatch™
Last summer at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD) in Honolulu, HI, we launched Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch™, a confidential and free tool that provides comprehensive clinical trial information and an individualized trial matching service for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

There are as many as 5.4 million Americans living with the disease and every 69 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.

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Join Us On Facebook and Twitter
Do you want to stay up to date with the entire goings on of the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter? Make sure you “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter. Chapter staff frequently tweet and post information about upcoming events, photographs from past events and provide helpful pieces of information delivered right to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. “Like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

May 4, 2011 | Audio Conference
Best Friends Approach

May 4, 2011 | Chicago
Navigating Family Communication and Decision Making

May 6, 2011 | Sullivan
Thinking Ahead...Residential Care Options for Individuals with Memory Loss

May 10, 2011 | Joliet
Navigating Family Communication and Decision Making

May 10, 2011 | Elk Grove Village
Navigating Family Communication and Decision Making

May 13, 2011 | Sullivan
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 18, 2011 | Rockford
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 19, 2011 | Joliet
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 20, 2011 | Rockford
Navigating Family Communication and Decision Making

May 20, 2011 | Stillman Valley
Spark That Brain

May 24, 2011 | Rockford
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

May 11, 2011 | Chicago
Illinois Dementia Care Train-the-Trainer Program

May 12, 2011
Support Group Facilitator Training

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