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The Greater Illinois Chapter is here to provide support, education and information for all individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease. We celebrate 2013 by bringing several new programs and services to Latino individuals and families living in our service area.
JOIN us in one of our educational programs about Alzheimer’s disease. Visit our calendar to learn about the different programs currently available.
LEARN about the Alzheimer’s Association’s resources. For more information call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Did you know…?
- Today, more than 5 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease and someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. Research indicates that Latinos are disproportionately affected by this disease.
- Latinos have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s than non-Latino whites. The Alzheimer’s Association Special Report on Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s cited research indicating that in the U.S., older Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than older non-Latino whites to develop Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Although Latinos are more likely than non-Latino whites to have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the report reveals that they are less likely than whites to have a formal diagnosis of their condition.
- In the future, the number of Latinos with Alzheimer’s will increase dramatically. Currently, the number of Latinos with Alzheimer’s living in the U.S. is 200,000, but by 2050 this number is expected to increase to 1.3 million people
The Alzheimer’s Association mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support services for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Increasing awareness about dementia is critical for all people but given the alarming statistics, it is particularly important for the Latino population. The Greater Illinois Chapter (GIC) is committed to providing support programs and services to Latino individuals and families living in our service area. Moreover, our outreach efforts in the Latino community are strong and growing. The GIC has many resources in Spanish to support all people affected by memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Programs and Services in your Area
Community Education Programs/Events
We offer community education programs especially developed for the Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. Currently, we partner with community, faith-based and medical organizations to provide educational workshops and programs that increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and the Association’s resources. Below is a list of GIC educational programs and a calendar of upcoming programs.
Alzheimer’s disease in the Latino community
This program includes the viewing of “The Latino Family and Memory Loss,” a short film in Spanish that tells the story of a family going through the phases of awareness, diagnosis and caring for their grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. A short informational presentation on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on the Latino population follows the film.
The Basics: Memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Attendees learn about memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. This program also includes information about detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
This program focuses on the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Attendees will also learn about the process and benefits of an early diagnosis.
Learning to Connect
As Alzheimer’s disease and other, related dementias progress, friends and family members may find it difficult to spend time visiting with the person with dementia. This program will provide insight into dementia and its effect on communication and behavior, and will introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful for all concerned.
The GIC staff and trained volunteers known as Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives also attend numerous health fairs throughout our service area to distribute educational material and share information about the Association’s resources. If your organization is planning a health fair and would like to have an Association representative participate, please call 847.933.2413.
It is common for a person with dementia to wander and become lost. Many do repeatedly. In fact, 6 out of 10 people with dementia will wander at some point during the course of the disease. Wandering can be dangerous – even life threatening. The stress of worrying about wandering can weigh heavily on caregivers and the family.
MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return®
The Alzheimer’s Association and MedicAlert Foundation International have formed an alliance to provide a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. 24-hour assistance is provided no matter when or where the person is reported missing.
Comfort Zone is a Web-based location management service that works with a variety of devices to monitor the whereabouts of an individual with Alzheimer’s. It delivers current information about the location of the person with dementia via email, text message, mobile application or the Internet.
- Caregiver Resources
The Association can provide reliable educational material, including fact sheets and brochures about Alzheimer’s disease (i.e., signs, symptoms, stages) as well as practical advice for caregivers.
List of Topic Sheets:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
- Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes: What is the link?
- Alzheimer’s disease services you may need
- Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
- Diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease
- Difficult behaviors
- End-of-life Decisions
- Home care services
- Making the right decision: When is the right time for facility care?
- Medicare's hospice benefits for beneficiaries with Alzheimer's disease
- Medication safety
- Mild cognitive impairment
- Original Medicare
- Personal Care
- Planning ahead for long-term care expenses
- Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
- Telling others about an Alzheimer’s diagnosis
- Travel Safety
- Younger onset Alzheimer's
The GIC offers support groups for those individuals who are currently caring for a family member with memory loss. Come share your experiences and receive emotional support in a safe and confidential environment. Click here to search for support groups in your area.
We currently offer one bilingual —Spanish and English — support group, and hope to have more soon.
2028 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098
The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
- Get Involved!
The GIC is lucky to work with a talented team of volunteers. This website would not have been possible without the hard work of the following extraordinary women: Cecilia Ayala, Maria Isabel Leon Fiestas, Laura Ortiz-Ravick, Valerie Sarge, Lebzy González, Monica Achá, and Natalia Guevara. Their work, time and expertise have made a huge impact in the number of materials the GIC now has available in Spanish.
Thank you translation volunteers!