Meeting of the Minds
The Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter is partnering with Representative Will Davis (30th District) and Representative Thaddeus Jones (29th District) to bring you the "Meeting of the Minds"! This is a candid community-wide conversation about normal memory changes as well as the signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Representatives Davis and Jones will also give a brief wrap-up of the state of health care in Illinois and share information on legislation focused on Alzheimer’s disease. This is your chance to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. For more information contact Jennifer.Belkov@alz.org or call 847.933.2413.
Ride your bike for Alzheimer’s
Have you ever wanted to ride your bike on Lake Shore Drive? Then join us for the "MB Financial Bike the Drive" event on Sunday, May 27. Each ALZ Stars team member will receive a technical T-shirt to wear training and on race day. We will provide you with a training plan, fundraising guidance and, most importantly, the camaraderie of a team that is participating to achieve the same vision--a world without Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll celebrate our progress and share our enthusiasm at the pre-race pasta dinner. On race day, enjoy exclusive access to the ALZ Stars tent and amenities.
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Communication and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Not only do people with dementia have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions, they also have more trouble understanding others. The ability to exchange our ideas, wishes and feelings is a basic human need. Here are four ways you can use to help communicate with someone who has dementia.
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Join Walk to END Alzheimer's™ Today!
Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner - we hope you're getting outside to walk and enjoy the weather! As you're gearing up, so are we and we need your help for our 2012 Greater Illinois Chapter Walk to End Alzheimer’s! By walking with us you will be helping us raise funds, awareness and support for Alzheimer's - to find a CURE for the 5.4 million Americans living with this disease as well as to support our programs and services, which are available to those who need them.

Register and either self-donate or raise $25 or more by May 31 to receive your early bird gift - a Walk to End Alzheimer's Magnetic Frame.
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Reason to Hope Events Successful!
In April the Greater Illinois Chapter hosted three Reason to Hope Events in Bloomington, Chicago and Oak Brook. All told, more than 375 dedicated business leaders, friends and supports of the Alzheimer’s Association attended. This event, which features speakers who are in the early stages of the disease and their caregivers, is a one-hour luncheon that honors everyone who is impacted by memory loss. To date the 2012 Reason to Hope luncheons have raised more than $156,000. We are still accepting donations, contact your local office today. We wish to thank everyone who made these events special! Thank you and see you in 2013!
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Special Fundraising Events
Are you looking for ways to help support the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter while having a good time? We have three amazing chances for you to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease in May and June. In May we are launching our annual point-of-purchase program and will again partner with Bankers Life and Casualty Company for the 10th annual Forget-Me-Not days. In June we will host the annual Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game.
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Honor someone special this Memorial Day
Alzheimer’s disease does not just affect the person with the disease…it affects families…it affects friendships…it affects many lives. The Greater Illinois Chapter invites you to honor someone special on our online tribute wall. Besides honoring a loved one who has the disease, you can show your appreciation to a caregiver who goes the extra mile; thank a health care professional who assures your care; or a volunteer who selflessly gives their time. This is the perfect way to show you care on Memorial Day Weekend.
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Upcoming Community Education Programs:

May 1, 2012 | Aurora
Just Diagnosed?

May 2, 2012 | Audio Conference
Downsizing, De-cluttering & De-stressing

May 4, 2012 | South Elgin
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 7, 2012 | Rockford

Caregiver Series

May 8, 2012 | Aurora
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 9, 2012 | Rockford
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 10, 2012 | Bourbonnais
Boomer Generation: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s Disease

May 10, 2012 | Minonk
Know the 10 Warning Signs

May 10, 2012 | Downers Grove
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 11, 2012 | Stillman Valley
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 12, 2012 | McHenry
Legal and Financial Planning For Alzheimer's Disease

May 14, 2012 | Rockford
Caregiver Series

May 15, 2012 | Park Ridge
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 17, 2012 | Champaign
Legal and Financial Planning

May 18. 2012 | Rockford
Communication is Key

May 22, 2012 | Chicago
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 23, 2012 | Morris
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 23, 2012 | Springfield
Meaningful Activities to Address Challenging Behaviors

May 24, 2012 | North Aurora
Boomer Generation: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s Disease

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