Urge support of the HOPE for Alzheimer's Act today
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL 8) and Alzheimer's advocates.
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL 8) and Alzheimer's advocates.
Last week, Alzheimer’s advocates could be seen ascending the steps of the United States Capitol, meeting with members of the 113th Congress and articulating just how critical the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act is for our country.

Advocates from the Greater Illinois Chapter sat down with all 20 members of the Illinois Delegation to urge support of this important legislation.

The HOPE for Alzheimer's Act is consistent with the recommendations made in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. If implemented, the legislation would provide Medicare coverage for a package of services, including a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and care planning to provide newly-diagnosed individuals and their caregivers with information about medical and non-medical options for treatment and support. It would also require documentation of the diagnostic evaluation and any care planning provided in an individual’s medical record.

Click here if you would like to learn more about the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act and encourage your lawmakers to take action to improve diagnosis and care for those with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers.
Junior Board honored
On Thursday, April 18, the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter Junior Board was declared the Associate Board of the Year. This award, given by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network in Chicago, recognizes the outstanding contributions of a group of young volunteers who work to advocate and fundraise for a non-profit organization.

Ellie McDonald is one of 13 board members.

“We have a collection of some of the most amazing and passionate leaders who have been personally affected by Alzheimer's disease,” said McDonald, whose own grandmother passed away from the disease. “From the inception of the Junior Board, our goal has been to create as much of an impact as we can for the Alzheimer's Association, the Chicago community, and for the families and individuals currently dealing with this disease. We have had extraordinary success in building awareness among young professionals, supporting others who have been affected by Alzheimer's, volunteering with Alzheimer's fighters and raising money to fund research for a cure.”

Click here and learn more about the group and how to get involved in building Alzheimer’s awareness and support.
How health information technology helps those affected by Alzheimer’s
Chicago resident Patricia Joseph learned the value of electronic health records during the many changes that came when her mother, Elma Claire Joseph, developed Alzheimer’s disease.

During her last three years, Joseph went through a number of transitions — from her house to the emergency room to a handful of hospital stays. Eventually, she moved into a nursing facility in her home state of Pennsylvania.

Because of an established electronic healthcare records system where her mother lived, her daughter felt reassured in the knowledge that Joseph’s caregivers could easily access up-to-date and complete information about her condition as well as recent test results.
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Get ready for Blondes Vs. Brunettes!

During the Blondes Vs. Brunettes® event, two teams of women will compete in a flag football game to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. The match will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at the North Avenue Turf Fields, Stockton Drive and LaSalle Street, Chicago. Players and spectators will then make their way to The Fireplace Inn, 1448 N. Wells St., Chicago.

Game tickets are $35. Ticket-holders will also gain entrance to the after-party, which includes an appetizer bar and two drinks.

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An artful approach to Alzheimer's awareness
Students in art teacher Kimberly Magowan’s class at St. Agnes School in Springfield are exploring Alzheimer’s disease and turning their thoughts and reflections of the disease into works of art.

Eighth grader Claire Lavin is one of those students. Her intricate drawing and moving poem from the perspective of someone with dementia took Best in Show at a recent art showcase.

While no one in Lavin’s life has been affected, the student artist worked with her teacher to better understand and empathize with the millions of people dealing with the disease.

Magowan has personally connected with individuals who have Alzheimer's disease, working with a local adult-day service agency and providing art therapy classes to those with dementia. Through Magowan’s education and guidance, her students are encouraged to be artistic as well as socially conscious of issues facing others in the community.

Magowan also plans to work with the Alzheimer’s Association in the future to continue to bring the Alzheimer’s cause to her students.

To learn more about getting involve with the Alzheimer’s Association work in the Springfield area, contact Tina Arnold at tarnold@alz.org.
Long-distance caregiving
Nearly 15% ofcaregivers for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
Nearly 15% ofcaregivers for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
Mabel Bennett’s unyielding determination in the face of dementia was both a good and bad thing, her daughter Kelle Riley said.

On the one hand, Bennett’s need to appear vibrant and undiminished likely helped her hold on to many of her faculties longer than someone without the same resolve. But it also made knowing her limitations much more difficult, especially for Riley who lived hours from Bennett’s Ohio home. Bennett passed away in January of 2013.

“Even her doctor mentioned she was great at presenting a strong face,” said Riley, a former resident of suburban Naperville, who now lives in Chattanooga, Tenn. “When asked how she was doing, she’d always be like, ‘Oh, I’m just fine.’”
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May 1, 2013 | Audio Conference
Caregiving 101

May 2, 2013 | Orland Park
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

May 7, 2013 | Lombard
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 7, 2013 | Chicago
Living with Alzheimer’s

May, 7, 2013 | Chatham
Living with Alzheimer’s

May 8, 2013 | Elk Grove Village
Just Diagnosed?

May 8, 2013 | Oak Brook
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 8, 2013 | Rockford
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

May 8, 2013 | Bloomington
Relief for the Stressed-Out Caregiver

May 9, 2013 | Downers Grove
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 9, 2013 | Woodstock
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics

May 14, 2013 | Pontiac
Relief for the Stressed out caregiver

May 15, 2013 | Elgin
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 15, 2013 | Joliet
Just Diagnosed?

May 15, 2013 | Elgin
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 16, 2013 | Woodridge
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 18, 2013 | Geneva
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 21, 2013 | Danville
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 23, 2013 | Stillman Valley
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

May 23, 2013 | Lombard
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

May 23, 2013 | Onarga
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 24, 2013 | Monticello
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

May 29, 2013 | Champaign
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

May 29, 2013 | Elk Grove Village

Living with Alzheimer’s

May 30, 2013 | St.Charles
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

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