Educational programs near you

Educational programs near you

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. Register today!

Many potential safety issues exist with Alzheimer’s disease

Many potential safety issues exist with Alzheimer’s disease

Driving, taking medications and wandering are just three of the safety issues that may arise after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. We offer programs and systems that can help people with Alzheimer’s remain independent and active in the community, and provide family and friends with peace of mind.

Programs and Support

The Alzheimer’s Association is here for you, day and night. Our programs and support services connect you with peers and professionals to help you make the adjustments, plans and changes in daily life that come with Alzheimer’s.

24/7 Helpline

1.800.272.3900 —free and confidential
Call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline (1.800.272.3900) anytime to receive information and support. Trained and knowledgeable staff can offer referrals to local community programs and services; dementia-related education; crisis assistance; and emotional support. Care consultations are provided by master’s-level clinicians. The 24/7 Helpline also has a language translation service.

Alzheimer’s Association chapters

Alzheimer’s Association chapters are throughout the country. Chapter programs are tailored to the communities they serve. Most programs are offered free of charge and many are available in multiple languages.

Find your local chapter by zip code or state below or call 1.800.272.3900.

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Early-stage support groups

The Alzheimer’s Association’s early-stage support groups are led by trained facilitators and offer dementia-related education, resources, emotional support and connections with others living with the disease. Topics include disclosing the diagnosis, changing relationships, maintaining independence, and medications and research. Most groups include components for both you and your care partner.

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There are many potential safety issues to consider, such as driving, making your home safe, taking medications safely and wandering.
> Learn more about safety issues

Learn more about our safety systems

Safety systems can help you remain independent and active in your community, and provide you, your family and friends peace of mind.
> Learn more about Comfort Zone®
> Learn more about MedicAlert® + Safe Return®

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From learning basic information about the disease to digging deeper into the specifics, there are education programs available for you and your family. Explore these free workshops to educate yourself about Alzheimer’s and learn how to best meet your needs.

Choose programs that are designed specifically for you a person living with Alzheimer’s. While care partners can play an important role in your life, your experience living with the disease is unique and vastly different from caregivers.

The Basics: Memory, Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Learn about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; causes and risk factors; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; how to get a thorough diagnosis; stages; and treatments that can help.
> Find this workshop near you
> Take this free course online

Living with Alzheimer’s: For People with Alzheimer’s Disease
This program is designed specifically for you, and addresses the concerns and questions you may have after a diagnosis. Hear from peers about how they dealt with their early-stage diagnoses, plus gain tips for living day-to-day, addressing legal and financial issues, and maneuvering through the challenges you will face.
> Find this workshop near you
> Take the course online

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Younger-Onset
This program provides you with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with the unique issues that can come with a diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
> Find this workshop near you
> Take this free course online

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease
There is no substitute for planning ahead. Learn about legal and financial issues to consider; review programs available to help; and be empowered with the tools necessary to put plans in place.
> Find this workshop near you
> Take this free course online

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Alzheimer’s Navigator®
Alzheimer’s Navigator is an online assessment program that helps you create an action plan to meet your specific needs. It also connects you to information, support and local resources.
> Go to Alzheimer’s Navigator

ALZConnected® (message boards)
ALZConnected is our message boards/online community. There are forums specifically for individuals living with Alzheimer’s, providing you a safe platform to connect with others and share support.
> Learn more
> Join now

Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® (1.800.272.3900) is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.
> Find a clinical trial

Community Resource Finder
The Community Resource Finder is comprehensive database you can search to find local Alzheimer’s resources; community programs; and services, including early-stage programs.
> Go to Community Resource Finder

Green-Field Library Virtual Library
The Virtual Library is an extension of the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library. Search the online catalog, view resources chosen by experts, email our librarian questions, and learn how to borrow materials.
> Go to Virtual Library

Be a voice for those affected by Alzheimer’s

Be a voice for those affected by Alzheimer’s

Our annual Illinois survey will close in little over a week, on Friday, May 16. Please take the time (about 10 minutes) to participate…you will provide greater understanding about the challenges faced by those living with dementia, their caregivers, and loved ones as well as help shape state policies addressing the critical needs of those impacted.
Please be a voice for those affected by Alzheimer’s and take the survey today!

The Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter Network along with several partners listed below, invite you to join us to participate in the second annual Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Survey. By participating in the annual survey you will provide greater understanding about the challenges faced by those living with dementia, their caregivers, and loved ones as well as help shape state policies addressing the critical needs of those impacted. This online survey, which takes only 10 minutes to complete, is live starting on Wednesday, April 16 and closes Friday, May 16.
The information we learn from the second annual survey will be presented at conferences, shared with the media, included in government testimony, presented by volunteer advocates to their elected officials, and used to highlight the challenges in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease in new ways. Last year, the survey analysis was used to inform recommendations in Illinois’ new Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan, presented in testimony to the Illinois House Human Services Committee, distributed to the public health community throughout Illinois by the Illinois Public Health Association, and shared with numerous agencies and organizations serving the aging population in our state.
Please share your experiences and views on the State of Illinois’ services and programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The importance of your input cannot be overestimated.
Soon after the survey closes, you will be able to find the complete results by visiting the website for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter

Thank You to Our Survey Distribution Partners

…for their phenomenal help in reaching diverse audiences throughout our state

  • Alzheimer’s Association, Central Illinois Chapter
  • Alzheimer’s Association, St. Louis Chapter (serving parts of Illinois)
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter (serving parts of Illinois)
  • AARP Illinois
  • AgeOptions
  • Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE)
  • Egyptian Area Agency on Aging
  • Illinois Cognitive Resources Network
  • Illinois Public Health Association
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  • Rush University Medical Center — Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rush Health and Aging
  • Southern Illinois Center for Independent Living
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine — Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders
  • Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging

Part the Cloud breaks single-event fundraising record

Part the Cloud breaks single-event fundraising record

The Part the Cloud gala benefiting Alzheimer’s Association research efforts inspired Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to step up and take aim at fighting Alzheimer’s. This year’s event, held May 3, raised a record $4 million to advance Alzheimer’s research, making it the largest one-day fundraiser in Association history.

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The Alzheimer’s Association put together an amazing event for its second Part the Cloud gala Saturday night at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.

“Amazing” is the only word for an event that had actresses Brooke Shields and Virginia Madsen as impromptu auctioneers, sharing a kiss onstage in hopes of bringing in $1,000-per-table donations (it worked).

That was followed up by singer Chris Isaak, who put on an energizing performance for the fashionably attired crowd of more than 330 people who partied in a tent on the resort grounds.

The guest list included celebrities from Hollywood and pro football as well as A-listers in the medical and research fields who are fighting the battle against the debilitating disease that seemed to have touched the lives of everyone there.

Event founder and chair Michaela “Mikey” Hoag said Part the Cloud has raised more than $2 million for Alzheimer’s research, providing grant funding for six projects. And clearly, the goal is to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley, when it comes to both funding and research.

“We did what we could do with Silicon Valley roots,” said Hoag, who was accompanied by her husband, Technology Crossover Ventures cofounder Jay Hoag. “We took chances and tried innovative approaches.”

Shields and Madsen did a great job helping to fill in for the expected emcee, Mark Shriver, a Democratic politician and senior vice president for Save the Children (and brother of former California first lady Maria Shriver). He was there but was sidelined from the stage by kidney stones. Other attendees included Alzheimer’s Association CEO Harry Johns, former NFL stars Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton, movie director and producer Chris Columbus, Canary Foundation founder Don Listwin, Stephen Silver of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry and Schmidt Family Foundation President Wendy Schmidt.

TWO-WHEEL TRIBUTES: The 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area is Thursday, which means it’s time to strap on our helmets and get to the office on two wheels.

And if you need any inspiration, look no further than Michele Rowic, who works at the San Jose Public Library and has been selected as the Bike Commuter of the Year for Santa Clara County. To help draw attention to both cycling and the library, Rowic launched the Gira de Libro (“Tour of the Book”), a 15-mile bike ride this Saturday which will have stops at several library branches. Get more information or register for the 10 a.m. ride at

By the way, Uber has teamed up with Team Garmin-Sharp for a pretty cool Bike to Work Day promotion. On Thursday, Uber users on the Peninsula will see a bike icon on their app, and they can use this to summon one of the team’s Tour de France-tested pro cyclists to ride along with them to work.

Alzheimer’s Association seeks volunteers for Forget Me Not Days

Alzheimer’s Association seeks volunteers for Forget Me Not Days®

The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the 12th annual Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Forget Me Not Days Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.
Established in 2003 by the national life and health insurer Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Forget Me Not Days benefits Alzheimer’s Association chapters nationwide.

The Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter is currently seeking volunteers to participate in the 12th annual Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Forget Me Not Days Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.
Established in 2003 by the national life and health insurer Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Forget Me Not Days benefits Alzheimer’s Association chapters nationwide. This fundraiser will bring volunteers as well as Bankers agents and employees to streets and storefronts as a way to raise awareness of and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. Bankers has helped raise more than $3.3 million for the Alzheimer’s Association through Forget Me Not Days as well as through corporate donations.
Volunteers will work with their local Alzheimer’s Association office to learn where they will be stationed, receiving gardening aprons and canisters to collect donations on the day of the event. In exchange for donations, volunteers will hand out specially marked packets of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds, courtesy of Bankers Life. Seed packets list the Association’s 24/7 toll-free Helpline, 800.272.3900, as well as its website, One hundred percent of donations will support Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
We need your help to fight Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Click here to learn more or sign up as a volunteer.