September 2009 E-Newsletter

Walk in Honor of Famed Chicago Radio Personality Wally Phillips

If you were a fan of the late Wally Phillips don’t miss this opportunity to walk in his honor at the 20th annual Chicago Memory Walk.

The 2009 walk will take place on Sunday, September 13 at Montrose and the Lakefront, 4400 North Simmonds Drive, Chicago. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk steps off at 10:00 a.m.

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A Daughter’s Story

Imagine having not only one, but two members of your family diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia at the same time. Unfortunately this scenario is all too familiar for thousands of Illinois citizens. For Mikka Williams, a professional in the field of aging, the year 2000 was a changing point in her life. She found herself not only worrying about her father’s recent diagnosis but also her grandfather’s diagnosis. Ms. Williams recently agreed to answer a few questions about her and her family’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

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World Alzheimer’s Day Seminar Brings National Speakers

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Day the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will host a leading edge seminar featuring top experts in the field of dementia research and care.

The Celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day will be held on Monday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. at the North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield.

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You Are Not Alone: Supporting Caregivers of Loved Ones with Memory Loss
On Saturday, September 26 the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Illinois Chapter in partnership with the South Side Dementia Consortium will host, You Are Not Alone: Supporting Caregivers of Loved Ones with Memory Loss. This conference, developed specifically for family members and friends of those with Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders.

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Help Team CARE Earn an Extra $10,000!

From September 1st through October 9th the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will have the opportunity to be the beneficiary of an extra $10,000 from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The Chapter cannot achieve this alone, we need your help! We are calling upon all of our Champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease to click here and design your own digital shoe print. You can personalize the prints with a photo and inspirational quote. The shoe prints will be uploaded to the marathon web site where a scroll of the finished images will appear on the home page.

The first 50,000 entries will receive a $1 donation to the charity of their choice. The winning organization will be announced at the 27th Mile Post-Race Party. Help make a difference in the lives of the half-a-million Illinois residents impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and make your shoe print today!


Staff Spotlight

We're very proud of two members of the Greater Illinois Chapter team who were honored this summer. Jeannine Forrest, Ph.D., R.N. project manager, palliative care for advanced dementia and Nicole Batsch, director, early stage and support services, have been recognized by leaders in the field of dementia care for their hard work and dedication. We are very fortunate to have these two outstanding individuals working to help us achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

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Social Security Holds Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Hearing

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently held a hearing examining access to Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) for people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease through its Compassionate Allowances Initiative. The hearing is a significant step in adding younger-onset Alzheimer’s (those under age 65) to the Compassionate Allowances list.

Currently, many people with younger-onset Alzheimer's or other dementias face challenges when applying for SSDI. "Through the Compassionate Allowances process... families can avoid the financial and emotional toll of going through a long decision process," says Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association.

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Greater Illinois Chapter to Offer Two New Community Education Programs

During the next year the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter will offer two new community-based education programs for family caregivers. The Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving and the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program will join Now What Was I Saying? and Memory Loss 101 as the community education program line-up for 2009-2010.

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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

September 2, 2009 | Joliet
The Noon Network

September 3, 2009 | Joliet

Now What Was I Saying?

September 5, 2009 | Chicago

Now What Was I Saying?

September 5, 2009 | Jacksonville

Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving

September 8, 2009 | Elk Grove Village
Powerful Tools for Caregivers

September 14, 2009 | Plainfield
Memory Loss 101

September 17, 2009 | Normal

Now What Was I Saying?

September 22, 2009 | Woodstock

Now What Was I Saying?

September 22, 2009
Audio Conference - Memory Loss 101

September 23, 2009 | Morton Grove
Now What Was I Saying?

September 24, 2009 | Loves Park
Now What Was I Saying?

September 26, 2009 | Evanston

Caregiver Workshop: Building Confidence in Caregiving


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Upcoming Training for Professionals:

September 8, 2009 | Rockford
Support Group Facilitator Training

September 15, 2009 | Springfield - Videoconference: Carterville
Support Group Facilitator Training

September 17, 2009 | Evanston
Dining and Dementia

September 21, 2009 | Northfield
World Alzheimer’s Day 2009

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