Events recognize November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November 3, 2010

From press release

Since 1983, communities across the country have participated in events to honor National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November. A number of events are scheduled for the Rockford area this November.

“Currently, there are more than a half-million Illinois citizens who are impacted by the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Erna Colborn, president and CEO for the Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter. “This number is expected to skyrocket over the next two decades as the baby boomer generation enters the age of greatest risk. By 2025, Illinois will see a 14 percent increase in the number of people who have Alzheimer’s disease. The Greater Illinois Chapter is committed to serving Illinoisans through our 24/7 helpline, education programs for family and professional caregivers, MedicAlert+Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return, support groups, early stage support services, Care Navigation Services, TrialMatch, and public policy efforts.”

According to the recently-released The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s, more than half of Americans say they know someone with Alzheimer’s disease, and 30 percent of Americans have a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.

Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Nearly 10 million American women either have Alzheimer’s or are caring for someone with the disease; two-thirds of the people who have Alzheimer’s—3.3 million—are women; and 60 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers—6.7 million—are women.

Make November a time to honor everyone who has been affected by this devastating disease by attending a special event or program.

Following are some upcoming Alzheimer’s Awareness events:

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters—This program focuses on the 10 warning signs of serious memory loss. It includes a basic overview of Alzheimer’s disease and covers risk factors, diagnosis, and the benefits of early detection. Through the use of video footage, you will meet people living with memory loss as they address the fears and myths associated with dementia, and hear from the family members who are on the journey with them. Event will be from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Community Building, 111 W. First St., in Belvidere, Ill.

Thursday, Nov. 11: Spark That Brain—Have you ever found your eyeglasses on top of your head after a search of your entire living room? Do you often wonder why you are getting so distracted and forgetful? If you want to have fun while learning more about your memory, Spark That Brain is an interactive program you won’t want to miss. Event is from noon to 1 p.m., at the YMCA—Belvidere, 220 W. Locust, Belvidere, Ill.

Friday, Nov. 12: Ribbon cutting at Alzheimer’s Association’s Rockford office—At 10 a.m., join business leaders and community members as the Greater Illinois Chapter showcases the new location in Rockford.

Saturday, Nov. 13: Building Caregiver Skills to Manage Stress at the Holidays—This program will help caregivers recognize and minimize signs of stress in their lives, especially during the holidays, and assist in setting realistic expectations of themselves and the person for whom they care. This session also focuses on resources that are available to help you in your caregiving journey. Event is from 11 a.m. to noon at The Village at Victory Lakes, First Floor Great Room, 1075 E. Victory Drive, Lindenhurst, Ill.

Nov. 15, 19: Casual for a Cause—The Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Illinois Chapter is organizing Casual for a Cause with the help of employers across the state. During the week of Nov. 15-19, employees can choose to dress down for the week or selected days determined by their employers. Go Casual for a Cause in your workplace to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. Encourage employees to dress down or wear jeans in exchange for a small donation (usually $5) to the Alzheimer’s Association. Display your commitment to the cause by wearing the Alzheimer’s Association’s symbol.

Thursday, Nov. 18: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters—This program focuses on the 10 warning signs of serious memory loss. It includes a basic overview of Alzheimer’s disease and covers risk factors, diagnosis, and the benefits of early detection. Through the use of video footage, you will meet people living with memory loss as they address the fears and myths associated with dementia, and hear from the family members who are on the journey with them. Event is from 10 to 11 a.m., at Rock Valley College Center for Learning & Retirement, 3350 Bell School Road, Rockford.

Wednesday, Nov. 24: Rockford IceHogs game at MetroCentre—$4 of every ticket sold will go back to the Alzheimer’s Association. A silent auction and information about Alzheimer’s disease will also be available. Purchase tickets by calling (815) 484-1300

To register for any of these events or to learn how to host your own event, call (815) 484-1300 or visit alz.org/illinois.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s. Since 1980, the donor-supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.

The Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield.

For more information, call the helpline at 800- 272-3900 or visit alz.org/illinois.

From the Nov. 3-9, 2010 issue

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