BELVIDEREThe Alzheimers Association Greater Illinois Chapter offers two support groups each month for caregivers, family members and friends of people who have memory loss or who have been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease or a related dementia. Each group is led by a facilitator trained by the Association and has access to all the organizations resources. One group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at Northwoods Care Center, 2250 Pearl St. The second group meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Boone County Council on Aging, 2141 Henry Luckow Lane. Both groups are free and open to the public.
People who care about and for someone with dementia have difficult challenges to face and seldom much experience with those particular issues, said Melody Pearson, program manager for the Alzheimers Association Greater Illinois Chapter. A support group offers a confidential place to receive information, share concerns and receive support.
If you would like more information about the support groups in Belvidere or elsewhere, contact the Alzheimers Association at (815) 484-1300 or visit its Web site www.alzheimers-illinois.org/familyed.html.
Alzheimers (AHLZ-high-merz) disease progressively destroys cells in the brain and gradually destroys a persons memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimers 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 Alzheimers Association estimates 210,000 Illinois residents have Alzheimers disease today with as many as 640,000 Illinoisans affected by the disease by including family members and caregivers.
The Alzheimers Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. Having awarded more than $165 million to nearly 1,400 projects, the Alzheimers Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer research. The Alzheimers Association Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. For more information about Alzheimers disease, visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org or call the chapter Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
From the March 15-21, 2006, issue