Caregiver shares her story ahead of Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Kerri Leo’s history with Alzheimer’s disease goes back generations. The Palatine resident’s great grandfather had the progressive form of dementia as did her grandfather, who died from the disease in 1997. Currently Leo’s mother, Diane Leo, is living with early-onset Alzheimer’s, which was diagnosed in 2010 when she was 63.

“It’s running rampant in my family,” she said.

Leo, who previously worked for the Alzheimer’s Association® national office as an associate director of conference services, will participate in the Northwest Suburban Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Sunday, September 16.
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September is World Alzheimer’s Month
Join the Alzheimer’s Association,® Greater Illinois Chapter in recognizing World Alzheimer’s Month. For the second year, the Alzheimer’s Association asks those who believe in the fight to end Alzheimer’s to embrace the cause and grow awareness of this epidemic throughout September.

On Alzheimer’s Action Day (Sept. 21), Alzheimer’s Disease International, the worldwide federation of Alzheimer’s organizations, will release a global report, and this year’s address will focus on the stigma associated with dementia and its effects. You can tell people how passionately you feel about the cause on Alzheimer’s Action Day by donning clothes and accessories of a certain hue as part of the campaign, “Go Purple to End Alzheimer’s.” You can also turn Facebook and Twitter purple by making your profile picture our End Alz icon.

Finally, make sure to tune into "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Sept. 17 through Sept. 21. Celebrity contestants will spend the week testing their knowledge to win funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
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Volunteers needed for Walk and Chicago Marathon
Looking to make a real difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s? Consider volunteering in one of 17 Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, taking place throughout September and October, or the Bank of America Chicago Marathon™. The race will take place Sunday, October 7, but individuals are welcome to volunteer during the event’s two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 as well.
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The dangers of wandering: How one service can help
The second ceremony took place 31 years after the first. Then, Jane and Geoff Brook exchanged wedding bands and pledged a life of love and commitment. This time, the couple sat together, reminiscing about their wedding day and their bond as husband and wife as they donned, not rings, but bracelets. But the bracelets that always encircle the couple’s wrists are not merely symbols of devotion. They are a lifeline.
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A Meeting of the Minds
Are you looking to have a candid conversation about normal memory changes as well as the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? The Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter and area elected officials will hold two events in September to teach attendees the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease as well as provide resources for those affected.
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We’re on Pinterest!
They say “a picture’s worth a thousand of words.” It might be an old expression, but if Pinterest’s explosive popularity is anything to go on, it’s just as true today as it was the day it was first uttered. The Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter has joined the virtual bulletin board, and we hope you’ll follow our pins. Some highlight exceptional people who are currently living with dementia. We’ve pinned pictures and videos that really get to the heart of what this disease means not just for the people affected by it, but society as a whole, and helpful tips to keep people with Alzheimer’s engaged. Check out our boards and be sure to repin us if you like what you see.
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