Alzheimer's Association hosts 'Mind Your Memory'

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter hosts “Mind Your Memory” for people of all ages who want to know simple steps to take to improve their memory at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Boone County Council on Aging, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane, Belvidere.

“People may feel their memory is not what it used to be, especially when they reach a certain age, so we’ll discuss the fact and fiction of aging and memory,” said Melody Pearson, program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter.

“’Mind Your Memory’ focuses on how the brain works, normal age-related changes in memory, normal vs. serious memory loss, depression and its effect on memory,” she said. “We also will talk about why we forget, what we can do about it, the importance of keeping your mind active, and memory enhancement techniques.”

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is requested. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at (815) 484-1300. Or register online at

Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease progressively destroys cells in the brain and gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, people may also experience changes in personality and behavior; in the late stages, people need help with dressing, personal hygiene, eating and other basic activities. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 210,000 Illinois residents have Alzheimer’s disease today with as many as 640,000 Illinoisans affected by the disease by including family members and caregivers.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. Having awarded more than $165 million to nearly 1,400 projects, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit or call the chapter Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

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