Greater Illinois Chapter Quarterly E-Newsletter

Summer 2005

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Welcome to our Summer 2005 E-newsletter!

Click on the headlines below for information about upcoming Memory Walks, programs and conferences you're welcome to attend, as well as Alzheimer-related news tips.

You’re Invited – to Join us at any of our 10 Memory Walks this Fall
Join us at any of the 10 Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter’s Memory Walks – beginning Saturday, September 17 through Saturday, October 15.  You’ll have a fun and energizing time with family and friends and help support efforts for a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias! 

It’s Easy and Fun to Participate in 2005 Memory Walks
Here’s a birds-eye view of our 2005 Memory Walk registration information and event features.  You’ll also read about some terrific Memory Walk participants and the
creative ways they are encouraging people to learn more about Alzheimer’s and get involved with us to end Alzheimer's in our lifetime.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Here’s How to Form a Memory Walk Team Today
It’s easy to step up to be a Memory Walk Team Captain. 
CLICK HERE for tools and tips to help set goals, motivate members, seek donations and share news about team successes.

Mark Your Calendars … Programs Scheduled for Caregivers, Professionals, Public Audiences
Click on the links below for the Greater Illinois Chapters’ schedule of programs for caregivers, health care professionals and the public. 

Programs for People with Memory Loss, Caregivers, Family and Friends

  • “Alzheimer’s: Beginning to Cope” – for family members and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias

  • “Partnering With Your Doctor” – for people with memory loss and their caregivers

  • “Making Sense of Memory Loss” –  for family members of people in the early stages of memory loss

Maintain Your Brain™ - for everyone interested in brain health

  • Maintain Your Brain™: How to Live a Brain Healthy Lifestyle – is for everyone interested in brain health (particularly baby boomers) to know how the brain works and strategies and scientifically rooted advice on lifestyle choices to keep memory sharp.  The health of our brains plays a critical role in almost everything we do, from thinking, feeling and remembering, to working, playing and even sleeping.  The good news is there is a lot we can do to help keep our brains healthier as we age. 

Professional Training Institute Offerings – for new and seasoned professionals working with people affected by Alzheimer’s

  • “Activity Based Alzheimer Care: Building a Therapeutic Program” – for activity professionals who have a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, and whose primary job responsibilities include activity program design and implementation, to build individualized activity programs. 

  • “Illinois Dementia Care Train the Trainer Program” – a six-hour course on key aspects of providing care to those with dementia.

Greater Illinois Chapter Conferences Coming This Fall
Greater Illinois Chapter conferences are a wonderful opportunity for family members and professionals to discover the tremendous resources available to them, to learn about the advances in Alzheimer research, ways to improve quality of life for those with dementia and ways caregivers can cope with many aspects of this disease.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

CLICK HERE for more information on these upcoming conferences for family members and professionals scheduled this fall throughout the Chapter area.  Visit this site frequently for additions to the conference schedule. 

  • Saturday, November 12, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont
    “Third Annual Conference for Families and Friends of People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias”

  • Monday, November 14, Holiday Inn Conference Center, Urbana
    “A Map Through the Maze -  Alzheimer's Association 17th Annual Fall Conference"

  • Saturday, November 19, Wedeberg Conference Center, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield
    “Alzheimer Educational Forum”

Alzheimer Advocates to Urge Continued Alzheimer Research Funding
Become an Alzheimer Advocate today and help us contact Members of Congress when the summer recess ends with this message – do not slow the progress of Alzheimer research and our hope for a world without Alzheimer’s disease!  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

New research reveals lifestyle habits linked to risk of getting Alzheimer’s
Read how the growing body of research indicates that lifestyle habits are closely linked to risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and that preventive measures earlier in life may reduce cognitive decline in later years.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

News Tips

  • LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon Runners Sought for Team CARE

  • The New Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

  • Question:  How do I Write a Bequest to the Alzheimer’s Association?

  • How Can I Help

Contact Us Anytime in Many Ways!
Contact the Alzheimer’s Association for information and support 24-hours a day in a variety of ways:

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The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield.   The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s. For nearly 25 years, the donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. 

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