October 2010 E-Newsletter...............................

A Letter to the Chicago City Council

Greetings,

We thank 11th Ward Alderman, James A. Balcer as well as Mayor Daley and the Chicago City Council for recognizing the growing public health crisis that is Alzheimer’s disease at their September 8 meeting. A resolution, introduced by Alderman Balcer, urges Illinois’ delegation in Congress to make Alzheimer’s disease a national priority by passing the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act, and the Hope for Alzheimer’s Act.

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You Are Not Alone: Caregiver Conference

The 9th annual You Are Not Alone: Supporting Caregivers of Loved Ones with Memory Loss will be held Saturday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Kennedy-King College in Chicago. This annual conference is co-hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter and the South Side Dementia Consortium.

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There is Still Time to Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Memory Walk season is only half over! We are still walking in numerous places throughout our 68 county service area. If you were unable to attend a walk in your town check out where else we will be walking in October.

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Caregiving Spotlight

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is not easy, Carrie Jackson knows this all too well. Carrie recently participated in the Rundown Alzheimer’s event at U.S. Cellular Field in which she ran in honor of her father. Carrie, a writer by trade, sent several short essays to us about her experiences with her father and Alzheimer’s disease. Here is one entitled The Old Ballgame; this powerful essay demonstrates the power of music as a form of communication for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Be on the Lookout for the ALZ Stars!

Once again the ALZ Stars will be participating in the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10, 2010. “All of our runners are really excited and have been training hard,” said Cara Corbett, manager of athletic events for the Chapter. “We encourage everyone who is in the Chicago area to come out cheer on our ALZ Stars. They will be wearing purple race shirts. The ALZ Stars are running to help us realize our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.”

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TrialMatchConnects People with Alzheimer’s with Clinical Studies

During the ICAD Conference in Honolulu, the Alzheimer’s Association announced the launch of Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch, a confidential and free tool that provides comprehensive clinical trial information and an individualized trial matching service for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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Financial Toll of Alzheimer’s Also Affects the Workplace

People in the workforce make tremendous contributions to causes that are meaningful to them. And the fight against Alzheimer’s disease is particularly meaningful to millions of Americans due to its personal and financial toll.

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Annual 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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Professional Training Institute Partners with Joliet Community College

The Alzheimer's at Home training program is a specialized course for in-home workers and family caregivers age 50 and older who care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementias. Participants will learn best practices in care in seven weekly classes. This new program is jointly sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association-Greater Illinois Chapter and Joliet Junior College. Classes are now underway and are being held at the College’s City Center Campus in downtown Joliet. To register for Spring classes, contact Pam Abbott at 815.280.1441 or pabbott@jjc.edu Attendance is limited to just 15 people so early registration is encouraged.


Greater Illinois Chapter’s Kelly Schultz Wins Award

Congratulations to Kelly Schultz, Manager of Special Events in our Rockford office. Kelly was chosen by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce as one of Rockford’s top “40 Leaders Under 40”! This prestigious award recognizes the community’s young movers and shakers who are making a difference. Kelly has been a wonderful addition to the Greater Illinois Chapter team and we are lucky to have her!

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

October 1, 2010 | Hazel Crest
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 6, 2010 | Audio Conference
Finding the Care Option that Works Best for You

October 11, 2010 | Chicago
Spark That Brain

October 13, 2010 | Malta
Spark That Brain

October 21, 2010 | Normal
Spark that Brain

October 26, 2010 | Rockford
Spark That Brain

October 28, 2010 | Freeport
Spark That Brain

View Education Programs calendar >>

Upcoming Training for Professionals:

October 7, 2010 | Chicago
NEW: Assessment and Documentation Skills in Dementia Care

October 13 and 14, 2010 | Chicago
Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care: A Train-the-Trainer Program


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