November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. President Bill Clinton named the week of Thanksgiving as a time to honor caregivers in 1997, and that has expanded to National Family Caregivers Month. As an organization founded by caregivers, the Alzheimer’s Association® applauds caregivers and hopes to make their efforts a little easier year round with innovative resources that have been designed specifically with families in mind.
Read more >>
Signs of Alzheimer’s at the holidays
In addition to a new dessert recipe or family vacation photos, bring an important gift home this holiday season and become educated about the warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Visiting with relatives over the holidays may raise questions about the physical and cognitive health of family members. Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, serious memory problems are not a part of normal aging. Recognizing the difference between normal aging and more serious problems can help you identify when it may be time for your relative to see a doctor.
Learn more >>
Don’t miss Rock ‘n’ Roll AD

The theatrical group Time of Your Life Players presents the original one-act musical Rock ‘n’ Roll AD. The piece chronicles a man who is set to get his band back together for one last tour but is then diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s. The tenacious spirit, humor and attitude of the central character, Roy, allow him to continue with the tour and learn how to cope with dementia.

Rock ‘n’ Roll AD is playing at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago at 2 p.m. on several dates through Saturday, November 10. Tickets are $16.

For ticket information, call the theater’s box office at 773.327.5252. Tickets are also available online.

Alzheimer’s in the Latino Community

The Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter is seeking to reach the Latino community of Chicagoland with
Spanish-speaking education programs.

The program Alzheimer’s Disease in the Latino Community will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 at the Cicero Public Library, 5225 W. Cermak Road, Cicero. The program will include a short film as well as an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on Latinos.

Haga clic aquí para ver la versión en español de este artículo.

Learn more >>
Meet our newest board members

We’ve recently welcomed two new members to the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter. Shelia McClendon is a director at KPMG, an audit, tax and advisory services firm. Mary Wasik is an attorney and partner with law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC.

Here, in their own words, McClendon and Wasik share why they got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and its vision for a world without Alzheimer’s.

Read more >>
One Illinois team goes above and beyond in fight to end Alzheimer’s

September 11, 2001 was a devastating day for countless Americans. But while so many experienced the turmoil and tragedy of the terrorist attack, Adele Knickels was experiencing a far quieter but no less heartbreaking ordeal. September 11 was the day Knickel’s 87-year-old mother, Rose Freda, passed away after 12 years of living with Alzheimer’s disease.

It was a disease that took a toll on Knickels, her two sisters Donna Freeman and Bea LoBianco, and many other members of their family.

“It really is a devastating disease,” said the Barrington resident, who starting noticing changes in Freda after her father passed away. “Every Saturday, without fail, she went to the beauty shop, and she wasn’t doing that anymore.”

Read more >>
Singer-songwriter hits a touching note with song about Alzheimer’s

Some ideas come to Derek Luttrell slowly, over the course of a month or two. Other ideas leap from the singer-songwriter’s mind to a fully formed piece in seemingly no time at all.

Luttrell’s song “Some Place in the Back of Your Mind” was of the lightning fast variety. The 23-year-old Rockford resident recalls writing the song perched on the edge of his bathtub – where the acoustics in his home are the best.

“My wife [Jenn] worked at a nursing home where this older man would come in and visit his wife with Alzheimer’s,” said Luttrell of the song’s inspiration. “He’d visit every day and talk to her, even though she didn’t know what was going on. He never lost hope.”

Read more >>
....

....

..

..

..

..

.
.
.
.
.
.
..
..
Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

November 2, 2012 | Aurora
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 6, 13 and 20, 2012 | Rockford
Living with Alzheimer's: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

November 6, 2012 | Romeoville
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

November 7, 2012 | Woodstock
Learning to Connect: Relating to Person with Alzheimer's

November 7, 2012 | Audio Conference
Caregiver Stress: Coping with Grief and Loss

November 8, 2012 | Lake Zurich
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

November 9, 2012 | Darien
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

November 9, 2012 | Lake Forest
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

November 10, 2012 | Carbondale
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

November 13, 2012 | Cicero
Alzheimer's Disease in the Latino Community
Spanish Speaking program

November 13, 2012 | Oak Park
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 13, 2012 | Mundelein
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 13, 2012 | Deerfield
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 13, 2012 | Lisle
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 13, 2012 | Pontiac
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 15, 2012 | Charleston
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

November 16, 2012 | West Chicago
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 17, 2012 | Homer Glen
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

November 19, 2012 | Rockford
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

November 27, 2012 | Morris
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

November 27, 2012 | Mahomet
Meaningful Activities to Address Challenging Behaviors

November 27, 2012 | Grayslake
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 27, 2012 | Rockford
Just Diagnosed?

November 28, 2012 | Bourbonnais
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

View Education Programs calendar >>

Stop by our Brain Gym
.
Subscribe to RSS Feeds
..

Click here if you experience difficulty viewing this message.

connect with us twitterfacebookyoutubeflickr