Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s April 28

The Ninth Annual Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s will be Saturday, April 28, at Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., Rockford. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Help “Bid Alzheimer’s Goodbye” at the Ninth Annual Unforgettable Art: An Affair for Alzheimer’s Saturday, April 28, at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., Rockford. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Kelly Schultz, manager of special events for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter, said: “2012 marks the ninth year for Unforgettable Art. This unique event allows guests to enjoy specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, stroll around the venue and watch as works of art are created before their eyes by 50 artists. Once the paintings are complete, guests can participate in the always competitive live auction — our theme this year is ‘Bid Alzheimer’s Goodbye.’”

Schultz went on to explain: “We are so excited to have this event at the Prairie Street Brewhouse! Described as ‘Rockford’s newest and oldest space,’ this newly renovated and historic venue helps set the tone for this fun-filled event. We would like to thank them for graciously donating their space again this year.”

More than 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States, with someone developing the disease every 68 seconds. In Illinois alone, 210,000 have Alzheimer’s and more than a half-million caregivers. Unless something is done, by 2025, Illinois is poised to experience a 14 percent increase in the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It is also reported that more than 800,000 people nationally are living alone with Alzheimer’s disease. Those who have Alzheimer’s and live alone are also at increased risk of wandering away from home unattended and for accidental death, possibly because of a lack of recognition of harmful situations and delays in seeking medical attention. These issues are compounded by the fact that many individuals who live alone are often in denial of how serious their cognitive impairment is and refuse help from others. Advanced planning is critical for this population. Proceeds from Unforgettable Art will help support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and fund vital community resources.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at (815) 484-1300 or at www.alz.org/illinois. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door.

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 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, Carbondale, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield. For more information, call the Helpline at 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/illinois.

From the April 25-May 1, 2012, issue

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