Why do you walk?
Four people share the reasons they Walk to End Alzheimer’s

As Lana Bender talked about her husband —his deteriorating mind, his inability to be left alone and the increasing difficulty of balancing her caregiver duties with running her own bakery — she was also weighing her options. Does she move her husband of 46 years into a nursing home or does she continue what she’s doing, caring for him at home and bringing in someone during the day while she works? What happens when, perhaps even sooner than she anticipates, her husband needs more care than she can provide at home?

But then Bender stopped. And the next words she uttered were so simple and true, it was heartbreaking.

“I’m not ready to give Bob up yet.”

Bob Bender is Lana’s high school sweetheart; he is the father to her three children and grandfather to her four grandchildren.
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Raise awareness, funds with an Alzheimer's license plate
Plate design is not final.
Plate design is not final.
Vehicles outfitted with specialty Alzheimer’s Awareness license plates will have a tremendous impact – raising funds as well as the profile of this critical cause and, in turn, mobilizing our leaders in government and citizens to prioritize Alzheimer’s.

We need 1,500 reservations to begin production of the plates, and we know that with the support of amazing advocates like you, we will reach that marker quickly.
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Workshop to explore counseling for those with early-stage Alzheimer’s

People with early dementia face enormous challenges in coping with their condition, but typically do not have access to one-to-one interventions for education and support. Because of this, many become isolated and marginalized. The upcoming workshop, Counseling People with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s: A Tale of Evolution and Revolution, will present a new framework that shows how the various emotional, practical and lifestyle issues faced in the early stage are interwoven.

Presented by Robyn Yale, licensed clinical social worker, the conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, September 19 at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pritzker Auditorium, 251 E. Huron St., Chicago.

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Volunteer for one of the most exciting events of the year
We are seeking volunteers to help as we gear up for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday, October 13. We have a lot of fun and exciting opportunities to help the cause and support our amazing ALZ Stars endurance athletes.

Chicago Marathon Expo
Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at McCormick Place
3-4 hour shifts available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Volunteers will man the Alzheimer's Association booth, handing out participant shirts to team members who stop by and answering questions. The expo is an exciting event and volunteers will meet new people and wish ALZ Star runners good luck on their race.
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Support us by cheering on Chicago baseball teams this fall

On Friday, September 27, the Chicago White Sox team is offering specially priced tickets to the Alzheimer's Association, family, friends and members of the Alzheimer's Association's community! Tickets that typically sell for $53 and $32 will be marked down to $35 and $17, respectively, with $5 from every purchase benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.

A fireworks display will follow the 7:10 p.m. game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

And calling all Cubs fans. The Alzheimer's Association will have a special on-field pre-game ceremony at the 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates game Tuesday, September 24.

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Specify the Greater Illinois Chapter in your United Way giving
Did you know that you can choose to support the Greater Illinois Chapter through your United Way giving? Please ask your company's United Way campaign manager for a special card so that you can designate your donations to support the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. Since 2008, the Greater Illinois Chapter has received more than $150,000through the annual United Way campaign to fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research. These funds are critical in our efforts to provide programs and services and to support research into treatments and a cure for Alzheimer's – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Audio Conference: Communication and Behavior
Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 for the audio conference Communication and Behavior.

Communication becomes more difficult as Alzheimer’s progresses, and it often leaves the caregiver feeling helpless and the person with Alzheimer’s frustrated and upset. Explore ways to “speak their language” to help alleviate their frustration at not being understood. This program will equip caregivers, family members and friends with skills and strategies to successfully communicate with the person with Alzheimer’s.

Click here to register or call 309.662.8392. Once signed up, registrants will receive information and directions for the call.
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Save the Date

Upcoming Community Education Programs:

September 4, 2013 | Audio Conference
Communication & Behavior

September 4, 2013 | Champaign
Just Diagnosed?

September 4, 2013 | Northlake
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

4 de Septiembre, 2013 | Northlake
Lo Básico: La pérdida de memoria, la demencia y la enfermedad de Alzheimer

September 7, 2013 | DeKalb
Living with Alzheimer's: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

September 11, 2013 | Joliet
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 11, 2013 | Oak Park
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

September 12, 2013 | Crystal Lake
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

September 16, 2013 | Wheaton
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 16, 2013 | Northfield
Boomers and Alzheimer’s Disease

September 16, 2013 | Sycamore
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 17, 2013 | Round Lake
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 19, 2013 | Decatur
Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

September 24, 2013 | Darien
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 24, 2013 | Oak Forest
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 25, 2013 | North Riverside
Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

September 25, 2013 | Chicago
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

September 26, 2013 | Hampshire
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

September 26, 2013 | McHenry
Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

September 27, 2013 | Glenview
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

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