November 2009 E-Newsletter

New Lower Price for an Evening With Regis

Reduced price tickets and tables now available to see Regis Philbin on Saturday, November 14, 2009. A Walk Down Memory Lane is a gala to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to end Alzheimer’s disease while providing vital services for those currently touched by the disease.

“Gala attendees will spend the evening listening to some of the most loved standards and song classics that will be sure to bring back images of vintage Vegas,” said Lisa Lee, vice-president of development for the Greater Illinois Chapter. “The evening will include cocktails, a spectacular dinner, a silent auction and entertainment by Regis Philbin, host of the wildly popular talk show ‘LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. All proceeds raised will support both Chapters’ community outreach efforts.” Lee went on to explain, “There are more than half-a-million people in the state of Illinois who are impacted by the far reaching affects of Alzheimer’s disease. Every 70 seconds Alzheimer’s strikes someone new, the time to act is now. You attendance at A Walk Down Memory Lane will help ensure the quality of services that will be extended to those in need.”

Click here if you would like to purchase tickets or to donate to Walk Down Memory Lane or call 847.933.2413. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Hurry and book your tickets today, they are going fast!


Comfort Zone Brings Families Peace Of Mind

Alzheimer's Association Comfort ZoneTM, powered by Omnilink, is a new comprehensive Web-based location management service that provides the entire family peace of mind while giving people with Alzheimer’s the freedom and independence they want. Family members can have knowledge of a person’s location, while individuals with Alzheimer’s can enjoy the emotional security of familiar routines and surroundings.

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Update on the Comfort Care Project

In 2008, The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter received a generous grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to replicate a program known as “Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia.” First tested successfully in a nursing home and a hospice organization in Phoenix, Arizona, the Illinois “Comfort Care Project” involves collaboration with two local nursing homes and a hospice in a research study to improve comfort measures for people in the late and final stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

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Mark Your Calendars! - Early Stage Expo Set For November!

On Monday, November 9, the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter is hosting an Early Stage Expo for individuals coping with early stage memory loss, their families and friends. The event will take place at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This free event will be a place where you can meet vendors that have products and services designed to assist people with early stage memory loss due to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Vascular Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia and Parkinson’s disease.

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Since its founding in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association has been the leader in making the fight against Alzheimer’s a national priority, a call that resonates during November, which is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

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Two Conference Opportunities for Family and Professional Caregivers in Springfield

The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter in partnership with Southern Illinois University and the Illinois Department on Aging will present two conferences in the month of November. Alzheimer’s Awareness is intended for Family Caregivers and will take place on Monday, November 16. Synchronizing Science and Support 14th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders is geared towards professional caregivers and will be presented on Tuesday, November 17. Both conferences will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62703.

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Notebook Can Help Caregivers Manage Challenges

The Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Notebook, published by Meredith Corporation, can help a caregiver manage the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

The notebook’s easy-to-follow format contains tips for care and planning for the future, as well as a list of resources to use when additional information is needed. Each of its eight chapters has a section to write notes or thoughts, making this book a personal record that can be referenced again and again.

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See HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project

Two installments of HBO's "The Alzheimer's Project" — "The Memory Loss Tapes" and "Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? With Maria Shriver" — were honored with Creative Arts Emmys in September.

The Greater Illinois Chapter is hosting showings of these films throughout our Chapter. Find one near you or call your local office to request a screening in your area.

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Planning Can Help Avoid Holiday Stress

Visits with family and friends put additional strain on people with dementia and their caregivers during the holidays. Making changes such as slowing down the pace of activities will help make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone.

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Healthy Aging

Ways to improve memory

Normal aging can slow some brain functions, making it harder to learn new things or to stay focused amid distractions. Here are suggestions to build and maintain memory:

• Ignore negative stereotypes and believe you can preserve your memory.

• Help your brain to remember by using planners, lists and address books, and storing frequently used items, such as keys, in the same place every time.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

November 3, 2009 | Belvidere
Memory Loss 101


November 4, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network

November 4, 2009 | Springfield
Now What Was I Saying?

November 4, 2009
Audio Conference - Now What Was I Saying?

November 5, 2009 | Bloomington
Now What Was I Saying?

November 5, 2009 | Belvidere
Memory Loss 101

November 5, 2009 | Lincoln
Memory Loss 101

November 5, 2009 | Romeoville
Now What Was I Saying?

November 7, 2009 | Joliet
Memory Loss 101 - Video Conference

November 7, 2009 | Chicago
Memory Loss 101

November 10, 2009 | Rockford
Memory Loss 101

November 11, 2009 | Lake Zurich
Memory Loss 101

November 12, 2009 | Springfield
Memory Loss 101

November 14, 2009 | Norridge
Now What Was I Saying?

November 14, 2009 | Bloomington
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

November 14, 2009 | Joliet
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving - Videoconference

November 14, 2009 | Rockford
Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

November 18, 2009 | Urbana
Memory Loss 101

November 18, 2009 | McHenry
Now What Was I Saying?

November 19, 2009 | Rockford
Now What Was I Saying?


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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

November 5, 2009 | Elk Grove Village
Staying Safe with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias

November 12, 2009 | Lombard
Advanced Topics In Alzheimer’s Care Full-day Train-the-Trainer

November 13, 2009 | Chicago - Videoconference: Bloomington, Carterville, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield
Best Practices in Dementia Care

November 17, 2009 | Joliet
Activity-Based Alzheimer’s Care

November 19, 2009 | Chicago - Videoconference: Joliet
Managing Stress: Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others

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