Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues
Thousands of people have walked and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been collected, but the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® season is not over yet. The signature fundraiser of the Alzheimer’s Association® continues, with the final events taking place in Harrisburg and Libertyville on Saturday, October 13.

Linda Buscher of Oak Park, took part in the very first walk of 2012 in Champaign/Urbana on September 8. Buscher, who has roots in Champaign, began walking in the event four years ago with her siblings and cousins.
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Cheer on our ALZ Stars at the Chicago Marathon
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is right around the corner, and this year is an exceptional one for our ALZ Stars team.

Setting a record with 150 participants, the team running to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter has raised more than $118,000 to date. The ALZ Stars team members will travel from several different parts of the country to take their marks at Grant Park Sunday, October 7. They are among a group of 10,000 participants who run the 26.2 miles to the finish line to raise funds and awareness for more than 190 local, national and global causes.

"For ALZ Stars, this marathon is much more than a race,” said Ellie Simpson, Manager of Athletic Events for the Alzheimer’s Association. “It's personal. It's a mother, grandfather, brother...it's a life worth fighting for and a future worth saving for millions of people we love who are affected by this disease. It's our reason to run and cross the ultimate finish line of a world without Alzheimer's that keeps us moving."

Please consider volunteering your time to cheer on this special group of runners on race day or showing your support with a donation!
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Win a free trip to Washington D.C. and advocate for Alzheimer's
Everyone has the power to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, and here’s your chance. The Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter is looking for students and young professionals age 18 to 30 to explain why they think advocating for Alzheimer’s disease is important in a short video entry. The person with the winning video will fly to Washington D.C. to attend the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Public Policy Form April 22 to April 24, 2013. This all-expenses-paid trip is a tremendous opportunity to interact with congressional leaders, senators and other advocates who feel strongly about the cause.

Registration will take place through November 16, and voting is open November 16 through November 30.
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Performers take the stage for 6th annual Memory Rock
It’s time to rock out with Liquidated Damages! The electric group, which plays classic songs from Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, The Rolling Stones and others, will perform at Memory Rock, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 18 at Joe’s Sports Bar, 940 W. Weed St., Chicago. The event, now in its sixth year, raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter.Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.
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Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers for community outreach
If there’s one thing that has surprised Patrick Kennedy since taking on the role of an Alzheimer’s Association® Community Representative (AACR), it’s just how much misinformation he hears about the disease while out in the community.

“What I’m finding is so many rumors,” said the Freeport resident, who got involved with the Association after his mother, Patricia Jamieson, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has been the biggest thing – that it’s caused by what you eat or drink or because you’re by power lines. I’m here with the education to say ‘No, that’s not accurate.’ I can turn some of that misinformation around and put some facts on the table.”
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Remember When Motorcycle Ride has best year yet
It’s a record to be envied.

For the last three years, Mike Fowler has watched as his Remember When Motorcycle Ride has grown from raising $9,000 to $16,403 last year to a whopping $21,746 that was collected to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter August 18. This year marked the fifth for the motorcycle ride in Bloomington, Ill. - the third Fowler has managed solo - and in that time, the former City of Bloomington Water Department worker has learned a great deal of what makes for a successful benefit.
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Nationwide program brings attention to power of memories
The fact that Matthew Smith’s cross-country project The Spaces Between Your Fingers comes to a close on Election Day, Nov. 6, is no coincidence.

“I like the idea of making this project a campaign,” said Smith of Philadelphia. “While the candidates are going overhead in their jets, I’m crisscrossing the country in my junky car.”

But it’s not funds or votes Smith is seeking. He is asking for something far simpler. He is asking for you to tell him a memory.
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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

October 1, 2012 | Charles
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 3, 2012 | Audio Conference
Navigating Driving Decisions

October 4, 2012 | Bartlett
Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

October 9, 2012 | Stillman Valley
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: The Basics

October 9, 2012 | Lake Zurich
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 11, 2012 | Plainfield
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Persons with Alzheimer's

October 11, 2012 | Sandwich
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 13, 2012 | Park Ridge
Just Diagnosed?

October 15, 2012 | Itasca
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer's

October 16, 2012 | Mahomet
Meaningful Activities to Address Challenging Behaviors

October 17, 2012 | Aurora
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 17, 2012 | Lake Zurich
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person

October 17, 2012 | Woodstock
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 18, 2012 | Champaign
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 18, 2012 | Freeport
Learning to Connect: Relating to People with Alzheimer’s

October 21, 2012 | Cherry Valley
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: The Basics

October 23, 2012 | Highland Park
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 23, 2012 | Vernon Hills
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 23, 2012 | Clinton
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 24, 2012 | Oswego
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 24, 2012 | Oak Lawn
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 24, 2012 | Rockford
Communication is Key

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