August 27, 2014
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People with Down syndrome seen as candidates for Alzheimer’s research
People with Down syndrome represent the world's largest population of individuals predisposed to getting Alzheimer's disease. Experts say that by age 40, 100 percent of individuals with Down syndrome have Alzheimer’s pathology in their brain, creating an opportunity for amlyoid research that could benefit knowledge of both diseases.

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Why I Walk… Michelle’s Story
My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago and the mental decline has been rapid. I joined the Alzheimer's Walk this year in honor of my father and bring awareness of the devastation of this disease. While it's been heartwarming to receive such amazing support, it’s under such painful circumstances. I hope through this effort to de-bunk some myths about Alzheimer's and raise awareness about how widespread it truly is, and bring some hope to those suffering with its effects.

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Loss of brain cells may cause sleep trouble in seniors
Loss of certain brain cells may help explain why many seniors have trouble falling and staying asleep, a new study says. The newly published results from the Rush Memory and Aging Project suggest that older adults and people with Alzheimer's disease may have a substantial shrinkage in a section of the brain that the researchers call a "sleep switch," and this cell loss is associated with sleep problems. Sleep disruption in people with Alzheimer’s can be especially severe and may result in nighttime confusion and wandering.
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The Savvy Caregiver
Are you a caregiver for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or another, related dementia? Does that person live at home? Are you looking for ways to increase your knowledge and confidence in this role? This program is designed for family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s who continue to live at home (not in a residential care setting). Classes meet for six consecutive weeks, for two hours each. Register today.
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Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is important in many ways
Are you or someone you know experiencing any of the 10 signs of Alzheimer's disease? If so, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Early detection of Alzheimer's will help you learn about available treatments, plan for your future and aid you and the person with Alzheimer’s in finding the best care and support.
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Educational programs near you
The Greater Illinois Chapter offers community and family education programs throughout the year. These programs are geared for family members, diagnosed individuals, and interested members of the community. Many of these programs are free of charge, but some conferences and workshops do have a registration fee attached to them. Register today!
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