We’re going weekly!

Starting mid-November, the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is going to have a greater presence in your inbox. To take in the full scope of Alzheimer’s news at the local, state and national levels, we will send out weekly emails every Wednesday. Stay up to date on the latest research findings, learn about important events and exciting fundraisers on the horizon and find additional information on the programs and services we offer to our constituents every day.

Register now for Support for the Journey: a free caregiver conference Nov. 9

Research shows that even though African-Americans are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease, they are less likely to seek an early diagnosis. Consequently, the population tends to be diagnosed at a later stage of the disease process and requires more support services than those at an earlier stage. Adding to the complexity of this scenario is the reality that, even after diagnosis, African-Americans often have less access to the medications and treatments that can help someone with dementia, are less likely to receive health information, and are less likely to use formal support services than the general population.

Support for the Journey: A Conference for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Memory Loss will seek to address these disparities in access and care by providing attendees with education about Alzheimer’s disease, existing resources and available support services while simultaneously empowering them to become more effective caregivers.

Register now >>
Join us for the Union Station Charity Drive Dec. 4

The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter will partake in Union Station’s Annual Charity Drive Wednesday, Dec. 4. Proceeds collected by our volunteers will go toward providing information, support, programming and services for the more than half million Illinois residents affected by Alzheimer's throughout the 68 counties we serve. The donations will also help provide information on living a brain-healthy lifestyle and research into the cause, treatments, preventions and cure for Alzheimer's.

Interested in volunteering at Union Station’s Charity Drive on Dec. 4? We have several shifts available.

• 7 to 9 a.m.
• 9 to 11 a.m.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• 1 to 3 p.m.
• 3 to 5 p.m.
• 5 to 7 p.m.

If you would like additional information or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bethany Hein, Manager, External Relationships, at bhein@alz.org or 847.779.6952.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is over, but there’s still time left to fundraise!

The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter had a wonderful Walk to End Alzheimer’s season — hosting 17 events in all and raising more than $1.8 million to date. The Chicago and Naperville Walks to End Alzheimer’s both landed in the Top 30 nationwide Walk to End Alzheimer’s events, but we still have through the end of the year to raise additional dollars in the critical fight to stop this devastating disease.

We are so grateful to all of our participants, be they walkers, committee members, sponsors or others supporting a team or individual. We thank you for everything you have done to further our mission. We hope you will continue to raise these essential funds that benefit our research and education efforts as well as invaluable care and support services.

Donate today >>
Helpful tips at the holidays

The holiday season can be busy with travel and visits from family and friends who might not often see one another. This time together may raise questions about a person’s physical and cognitive health. Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, memory problems that impact daily living are not a part of typical aging. Recognizing the difference between typical aging and potentially more serious problems can help identify when it may be time to see a doctor.

“While families are eager to celebrate and enjoy the holidays together, this can also be an opportune time to discuss concerns face-to-face,” said Danielle Dodson, a licensed clinical social worker who works one-on-one with families and individuals.

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Listen in on our free audio conference on Healthy Aging

The free audio conference Healthy Aging will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 6.

Without some form of prevention, Alzheimer’s disease will affect one in three seniors and quite possibly bankrupt our healthcare system. Learn about the risks, medical conditions, and beneficial activities that improve a person’s odds against getting dementia. Get the facts, become empowered, and prepare yourself against one of the most feared, dangerous and costly diseases.

Audio conferences are held the first Wednesday of every month.
Click here to register or call 309.662.8392. Once signed up, registrants will receive information and directions for the call.

Caregiving in America
The Washington Post will host the forum Caregiving in America to shine a spotlight on the critical work of the growing number of people taking care of an aging parent, often while working and raising children. Featuring expert speakers such as Erna Colborn, Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter President and CEO, as well as Governor Pat Quinn and timed to coincide with National Family Caregivers Month, this forum will focus on the challenges, the financial and emotional toll, and ways to help the caregiver.

The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 14 at the Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

November 4, 2013 | Loves Park
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

November 5, 2013 | Antioch
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 5, 2013 | Joliet
Understanding Early Memory Loss

November 6, 2013 | Orland Park
The Boomer Generation: What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

November 6, 2013 | Lincoln
Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

November 6, 2013 | Audio Conference
Healthy Aging

November 7, 2013 | Lake Zurich
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

November 7, 2013 | Springfield
Understanding Early Memory Loss

November 7, 2013 | Onarga
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 12, 2013 | Champaign
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 12, 2013 | Danville
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 13, 2013 | Freeport
Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

November 13, 2013 | Minonk
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 14, 2013 | Belvidere
Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

November 14, 2013 | Bensenville
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 18, 2013 | Orland Park
Understanding Early Memory Loss

November 19, 2013 | Joliet
Living with Alzheimer’s

November 19, 2013 | Grayslake
Learning To Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer's

November 19, 2013 | Huntley
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

November 22, 2013 | Burbank
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

November 22, 2013 | Naperville
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters


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