.........November 2010 E-Newsletter

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Since its presidential declaration in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, November has been known as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. In honor of this prestigious declaration, the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter is renewing it’s commitment to helping all who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alzheimer’s Night at the Chicago Blackhawks!

Join us at the United Center on Tuesday, November 30, for Alzheimer’s night, as we watch the Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues! You won’t want to miss this charity night - we’ll have a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and more!

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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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Caregiver Conferences to be Held in Springfield

The annual Springfield conferences will be held on Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL. Day one is intended for persons with memory loss, care partners and family members and the general public. You will receive continental breakfast, luncheon and admission to the resource fair. Day Two is intended for professionals in health care, aging, and caregiving. The conference includes materials, continental breakfast, luncheon and a resource fair.

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New Report on Women and Alzheimer’s

Last week, Maria Shriver and the Alzheimer's Association released a compelling new report on the impact of Alzheimer's disease on women. The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's is the largest study ever conducted to look at the effect of Alzheimer's disease on American women as caregivers, people with the disease and advocates.

According to the Alzheimer's Association Women and Alzheimer's Poll, which is included in The Shriver Report, two-thirds of all Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Women also comprise 60 percent of the unpaid caregivers for family members and friends with the disease.

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Willis Tower to go Purple for Alzheimer’s

Look to the sky the first week in November and you will see the Chicago landmark Willis Tower has gone purple in honor of building architect Bruce Graham and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

“It is not a secret that Bruce Graham was a magnificent architect,” said Erna Colborn, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter. “Mr. Graham helped shape the city skyline of Chicago designing such buildings as the Willis Tower and The John Hancock Center.

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

As we hope and wait for a cure people are living and dying with Alzheimer’s disease. It is with this continuum in mind that we recognize how palliative and hospice care services improve the quality of life for persons and their family members facing a serious or life-limiting illness. Click here to download a free copy of our Comfort Care guide.

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New Partners for Professional Training Institute

Sunrise Senior Living and the Lexington Health Network are collaborating with us to present, Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: Medial and Social Perspectives on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, in Rosemont, Illinois. Speakers are Renato De Los Santos, M.D., President of Medical Staff for Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and Director of Memory Care of the Lexington Health Network and Daniel Kuhn, MSW, Director of The Professional Training Institute at the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. Both before and after the presentation, Alzheimer’s expert and author, Jolene Brackey, will speak on empowering caregivers of those with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Please RSVP to Lyndsay Czwornog at 630.452.1711 or Lyndsay.Czwornog@lexingtonhealth.com.


Take Steps Toward Healthy Aging

Like other parts of your body, your brain may lose some agility as you get older. It can deteriorate even more if you don’t take care of it.

Healthy aging includes steps such as staying physically active, adopting a brain-healthy diet and remaining socially and mentally active.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

November 1, 2010 | Lake Bluff
Spark That Brain

November 2, 2010 | Normal
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Grandpa, Do You Know Who I am?

November 2, 2010 | Normal
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Caregivers

November 3, 2010 | Audio Conference
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress

November 4, 2010 | Urbana
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

November 6, 2010 | Bolingbrook
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

November 9, 2010 | Normal
HBO The Alzheimer’s Project Series
Momentum in Science

November 11, 2010 | Belvidere
Spark That Brain

November 13, 2010 | Lindenhurst
Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress Especially at the Holidays

November 17, 2010 | Palos Heights
Spark That Brain

November 17, 2010 | Chicago
Just Diagnosed?

November 18, 2010 | Rockford
Know the 10 Signs, Early Detection Matters

View Education Programs calendar >>

Upcoming Training for Professionals:

November 4, 2010 | Chicago
Care for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease in the Hospital Setting

November 18, 2010 | Chicago
Advanced Topics In Alzheimer’s Care: A Full-day Train-the-Trainer Program

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