Alzheimer’s Association offers two monthly support groups in Belvidere

BELVIDERE—The Alzheimer’s 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 Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Each group is led by a facilitator trained by the Association and has access to all the organization’s 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 Alzheimer’s 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 Alzheimer’s Association at (815) 484-1300 or visit its Web site

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 research. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, 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 March 15-21, 2006, issue

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