Alzheimer’s Association Support Group hosts ‘Communications & Dementia for Caregivers,’ Oct. 19 in Rockford

From press release

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter Support Group at Provena Cor Mariae Care Center hosts “Communications & Dementia” for anyone who cares for someone with memory loss at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the care center, 3330 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford.

“This program will explore the challenges to communicate faced by people with dementia and family caregivers as well as getting tips and techniques to make communication the least frustrating as possible for everyone,” said Melody Pearson, program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter.

Support Groups affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association meet once a month and are open to the public. They are led by trained facilitators and are open to any person caring for someone with dementia. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is requested. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 484-1300 to reserve your place.

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, 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, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, visit or call the chapter Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

From the Oct. 18-24, 2006, issue

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