April 8, 2015
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It’s a fact that Alzheimer’s disease is an escalating epidemic
The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. By 2050, the number of people with Alzheimer’s may rise as high as 16 million. Learn other facts about Alzheimer’s by reading the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.

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NEW program! Alzheimer’s Research: Get Informed, Get Involved
Alzheimer’s Research: Get Informed,Get Involved is a series of education and awareness events brought to you by the Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter. These programs will feature local researchers who will discuss current trends, efforts and directions in dementia research. Information will be provided about the benefits of participation in research and local studies that are currently recruiting participants. Register today.

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Head injuries may prematurely age the brain
Serious head injuries may lead to the brain prematurely aging, new research shows. Scientists studied brain scans of people who suffered traumatic brain injuries from traffic accidents, falls or assaults and who experienced persistent neurological problems, and compared the scans to those of healthy people. Over the past 30 years, research has linked moderate and severe traumatic brain injury to a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. The computer model the researchers developed for this study to estimate "brain age" has potential as a future screening tool, but more research is needed to confirm these results.
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Staff member receives Lifetime Achievement Award
The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased to announce our staff member, Richard Apple, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award from The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter.

Richard Apple, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, who began his involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association as a volunteer support group facilitator. He is currently our senior manager of care navigation, and works out of our Rockford Office.
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People with Alzheimer’s can take precautions to live independently
If you have Alzheimer's, you can continue to live independently during the early stages of the disease. Making simple adjustments, taking safety precautions and having the support of others are a few ways to maintain your independence.
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Savvy caregiver classes
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). Register today.
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