July 16, 2014
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AAIC 2014 brings a world of Alzheimer’s disease research together
The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2014 (AAIC®) is the largest global forum for the dementia research community, with leading investigators gathering to reveal the latest study results, theories and discoveries that will bring us closer to methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. According to one study presented at AAIC, researchers have found that certain biological changes in the retina and lens of the eye, and in the sense of smell, may help predict whether people with no or minor memory issues may go on to develop Alzheimer’s.

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Volunteer for one of our 17 Walks
The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and 17 locations in the Greater Illinois Chapter region, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Register to volunteer today!

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Lifestyle changes may be key to easing Alzheimer's risk
Eating well, exercising, keeping mentally and socially engaged, and managing obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes may help reduce the risk of memory decline, according to new research from AAIC. The Finnish study is the first to examine the impact of all four lifestyle factors together; previous research has looked at pieces of healthy lifestyles but not the combination.
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Reserve your Alzheimer’s Awareness license plate
Share your support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Sign up for a specialty Alzheimer’s Awareness license plate, which will not only raise the profile of this critical cause, but generate funds and mobilize our leaders in government and citizens to prioritize Alzheimer’s. The Greater Illinois Chapter needs 1,500 reservations to begin production of the Illinois plates. Please reserve your plate today.
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Alzheimer’s disease prevalence may be underreported in developing countries
New data on lower incidence from developed countries in Europe and the United States suggest the possibility of reducing Alzheimer’s risk and/or preventing the disease, according to the results of several research studies announced at AAIC. Scientists suggest this may be due to higher education levels and more aggressive treatment of cardiovascular disease. However, researchers also reported that incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in developing countries such as Colombia and large regions of Asia and Africa may be severely underreported.
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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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