There’s still time to participate in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
The signature fundraiser of the Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Please consider joining the hundreds of thousands across the United States as they fundraise and walk to put an end to this devastating disease. Check in and festivities for the following events, with the exception of Decatur, begin at 8 a.m., with the walk kicking off at 10 a.m.
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Upcoming music shows to benefit Alzheimer’s Association
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 the 7th Annual Memory Rock event, a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter.

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 24 at Joe’s Sports Bar, 940 W. Weed St., Chicago.
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Alzheimer’s Association names Chicago researcher as grant award winner
The Alzheimer’s Association recently named its 2013 International Research Grant Program funded researchers. On that list was Emily Rogalski, an assistant research professor with Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center.

The researcher will receive $200,000 over the course of three years for her area of study, Internet-based Speech Therapy: Improving Quality of Life and Access to Care

Here she speaks to the Alzheimer’s Association about her plans for the future of her research.
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Presenting free audio conference on technologies for caregiving
The free audio conference Beyond Computers and the Internet: Technologies That Impact Caregiving and Aging will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 2.

New technologies are impacting the care of seniors whether they are living independently at home or in a care facility. This presentation provides explanations of product capabilities, implementation strategies and tips to get seniors to use them. Specific product explanations include: Alzheimer's wandering safety, medication reminders, remote monitoring, fall detection and communication.

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.
Benefit raises $20,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
Let’s Forget Alzheimer’s, a benefit for Joyce Doncer, took place September 21 at Bourbon Street Bar in Chicago. Held in honor of organizer Paige Hansen’s grandmother, the event was attended by 170 guests, including Doncer, and raised an amazing $20,000 through ticket sales, raffles, a silent auction and beanbag tournament

Here Hansen shares her thoughts on the benefit.
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Volunteers help Greater Illinois Chapter reach Spanish speakers
Maria Isabel Leon Fiesta felt lost when she first learned her father, Felix Leon, had Alzheimer’s disease. Living in Chicago, she sought out a support group through Northwestern University. From there, she heard about the Alzheimer’s Association, visiting the organization’s Chicago headquarters where she combed the library and learned of the many resources available to those grappling with a diagnosis of dementia in a loved one.

But she wanted to do even more.

“I wanted to volunteer,” Fiesta said. “I trained as an Alzheimer’s Association Community Representative (AACR) with the Greater Illinois Chapter.”

A move to Iowa meant she had to relinquish the role but when an opportunity to aid the Chapter from her home in a neighboring state arose last year, Fiesta didn’t hesitate.

Along with seven others, Fiesta has translated several documents — everything from topic sheets on dementia and driving to medication safety to information on Alzheimer’s Association services — from English to Spanish.

“I was very grateful to be a part of the translation team because it’s a way to give back,” said Fiesta, who personally worked on 13 different documents.

Fiesta’s efforts in bringing awareness to critical senior issues are far from over, however. The Peruvian native is currently studying gerontology at Iowa State University and working on a website, a repository of information, for those in Peru who are affected by Alzheimer’s.

“In Peru, they think dementia is a normal part of the aging process,” she said.

Click here to learn more about the Greater Illinois Chapter’s diversity outreach initiatives.
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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

October 2, 2013 | Audio Conference
Beyond Computers and the Internet: Technologies That Impact Caregiving and Aging

October 6, 2013 | Byron
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 8, 2013 | Elmhurst
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 8, 2013 | Plainfield
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

October 9, 2013 | Romeoville
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 15, 2013 | Mt. Pulaski
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

October 16, 2013 | Naperville
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's

October 16, 2013 | Bartlett
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 17, 2013 | Downers Grove
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 17, 2013 | Decatur
Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

October 18, 2013 | Grayslake
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

October 18, 2013 | Kankakee

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters


October 19, 2013 | Rockford

Living with Alzheimer's: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

October 21, 2013 | Itasca

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 23, 2013 | Lincoln

Relief for the Stressed-Out Caregiver

October 23, 2013 | Darien

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

October 24, 2013 | Elmhurst

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

October 30, 2013 | Chicago
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

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