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The Greater Illinois Chapter offers community and family education programs throughout the year. These programs are geared for family members, diagnosed individuals, and interested members of the community. Many of these programs are free of charge, but some conferences and workshops do have a registration fee attached to them.

Certificates of attendance and continuing education credit are not available for community and family education programs, as these programs are not intended for a professional audience. Professionals are instead encouraged to attend programs offered through the Professional Education.

Can't find a time or location that is convenient for you? Visit our e-learning center.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease in the African American Community

 
Cost: Free
African Americans are twice as likely as other racial groups to have Alzheimer’s disease and 40% less likely to be properly diagnosed and treated. This program will explore the reasons behind these statistics, offer information about normal changes in memory as we age, and cover the warning signs of Alzheimer’s as well as the steps to take for proper diagnosis and treatment.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Audio Conference 

 
Cost: Free
Are you too busy to attend an educational program? Audio Conference is designed for those who aren’t able to attend a program outside the home or office. Once registered, you will receive a toll-free telephone number with instructions through the mail. On the day of the conference, you will call-in and join many others who are seeking the latest information on memory loss. 
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Behaviors and Communication

Cost: Free
Communication becomes more difficult as Alzheimer’s progresses. This can lead to frustration and confusion for the person with the disease, resulting in behaviors that are difficult for caregivers to understand and manage. This program will introduce caregivers, family members and friends to a number of skills and strategies to help improve communication. Techniques will be shared to better anticipate behavior “triggers” so that these can be avoided.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar
 

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Boomers and Alzheimer’s Disease

 
Cost: Free
Each day 10,000 baby boomers turn age 65, and enter an increased risk class for Alzheimer’s disease. Join us for an informative and stimulating workshop that helps participants better understand normal age-related memory changes vs. the warning signs of more serious memory loss. Learn how you can take action and join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Caregiver Stress: Relief, Acceptance and Empowerment

 
Cost: Free
Providing care for someone with memory loss can be a labor of love, but it can also be exhausting and stressful.  This program will introduce participants to the causes, signs  and symptoms of stress, and will provide participants with stress-reduction strategies.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

 

Cost: Free
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. Attend this training to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Learning to Connect: Relating to the Person with Alzheimer’s

 

Cost: Free
Feeling unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss? By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can more easily make meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer’s disease. This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect on communication and behavior. It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful.

 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Living with Alzheimer’s

 

Cost: Free
Living with Alzheimer's disease for people with early memory loss

The diagnosis of early memory loss is life-changing and leads to many questions:
• What will this mean for me and my family?
• How do I plan for the future? 
• Where can I get the help I need? 

Join us for this three-part program where you and your care partner will hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do as you navigate this chapter in your life.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar 

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Early Stage Caregivers

 
Cost: Free
In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? This 3-part program provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Middle-Stage Caregivers

 
Cost: Free
In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this three-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. This series consists of three 2-hour sessions.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Living with Alzheimer’s: For Late-Stage Caregivers

 
Cost: Free
In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the  disease. In this 2-part series, you’ll hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their family.
 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Cost: Free
The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.

This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Topics covered include: making legal plans that fit your needs; legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you; how to find legal and financial assistance; practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care; tax deductions and credits; and government programs that can help pay for care.

 
Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

 
Cost: Free
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.
 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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Understanding Early Memory Loss

 

Cost: Free
Are you or someone you know concerned with changes in your memory?

If so, please attend Understanding Early Memory Loss. In this two-hour Alzheimer's Association workshop you will learn:

• About memory loss, including Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia
• Common symptoms
• Strategies for coping
• Resources, programs and services available to help you.

 

Dates and locations: See the Calendar

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