Alzheimer�s Association Greater Illinois Chapter

4709 Golf Rd., Suite 1015
Skokie, IL 60076
800- 272-3900 Helpline
847-933-2417 Fax

The Alzheimer's Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. Having awarded more than $165 million to nearly 1,400 projects, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer research. The Alzheimer�s Association Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carbondale, Joliet, Kankakee, Rockford, Skokie and Springfield.

Facts and Statistics
Today, 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer�s disease.

By 2030, 7.7 million will have Alzheimer�s and by 2050, as many as 14-16 million Americans will have Alzheimer�s.

In Illinois, we estimate 210,000 residents have Alzheimer�s today.

By 2025, we expect a 14% increase to 239,000 Illinoisans with Alzheimer�s.

Adding family members and caregivers, we estimate more than 640,000 Illinois residents are affected by Alzheimer�s disease today.

More than seven in 10 people with Alzheimer�s live at home.

Almost 75 percent of their care is provided by family and friends.

Estimated annual values of care include: $257 billion for the informal caregiving system; $32 billion for paid home health care; $92 billion for nursing home care.

Impact on Business
Alzheimer�s disease costs American businesses $61 billion in 2002, the equivalent of the net profits of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies combined.

Of the $61 billion, $24.6 billion covered Alzheimer health care for the corporate share of health and long-term care expenditures

Of the $61 billion, $36.5 billion covered costs related to caregivers of people with Alzheimer�s, including lost productivity, absenteeism and work replacement.

Health Tips
Some change in memory is normal as we grow older, but the symptoms of Alzheimer�s disease are more than simple lapses in memory. People with Alzheimer�s experience difficulties communicating, learning, thinking and reasoning�problems severe enough to have an impact on an individual's work, social activities and family life.

The Alzheimer�s Association believes that it is critical for people with dementia and their families to receive information, care and support as early as possible. To help family members and health care professionals recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer�s disease, the Association has developed a checklist of common symptoms.

1. Memory loss. One of the most common early signs of dementia is forgetting recently learned information. While it�s normal to forget appointments, names or telephone numbers, those with dementia will forget such things more often and not remember them later.

2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks. People with dementia often find it hard to complete everyday tasks that are so familiar we usually do not think about how to do them. A person with Alzheimer�s may not know the steps for preparing a meal, using a household appliance or participating in a lifelong hobby.

3. Problems with language. Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer�s often forgets simple words or substitutes unusual words, making his or her speech or writing hard to understand. If a person with Alzheimer�s is unable to find his or her toothbrush, for example, the individual may ask for �that thing for my mouth.�

4. Disorientation to time and place. It�s normal to forget the day of the week or where you�re going. But people with Alzheimer�s disease can become lost on their own street. They may forget where they are and how they got there, and may not know how to get back home.

5. Poor or decreased judgment. No one has perfect judgment all of the time. Those with Alzheimer�s may dress without regard to the weather, wearing several shirts on a warm day or very little clothing in cold weather. Those with dementia often show poor judgment about money, giving away large sums to telemarketers or paying for home repairs or products they don�t need.

6. Problems with abstract thinking. Balancing a checkbook is a task that can be challenging for some. But a person with Alzheimer�s may forget what the numbers represent and what needs to be done with them.

7. Misplacing things. Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or key. A person with Alzheimer�s disease may put things in unusual places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.

8. Changes in mood or behavior. Everyone can become sad or moody from time to time. Someone with Alzheimer�s disease can show rapid mood swings � from calm to tears to anger � for no apparent reason.

9. Changes in personality. Personalities ordinarily change somewhat with age. But a person with Alzheimer�s can change dramatically, becoming extremely confused, suspicious, fearful or dependent on a family member.

10. Loss of initiative. It�s normal to tire of housework, business activities or social obligations at times. The person with Alzheimer�s disease may become very passive, sitting in front of the television for hours, sleeping more than usual or not wanting to do usual activities.

If you recognize any warning signs in yourself or a loved one, the Alzheimer�s Association recommends consulting a physician. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer�s disease or other disorders causing dementia is an important step to getting appropriate treatment, care and support services.

Fundraising & Administrative Percentage

"Without the Alzheimer�s Association, we couldn�t have gotten to so many programs for my mother, Ann, who has Alzheimer�s,� said Ann�s daughter, Terry, speaking on behalf of her father, aunts and other family members. �It all started with a call I made to the Alzheimer�s Association and that�s what I often tell others to do � just dial the phone and you�ll find it�s not so hopeless,� she said. At first, the close-knit family met as a group with Alzheimer�s Association Greater Illinois Chapter staff to understand Alzheimer�s and what to expect as the devastating disease progresses. Terry said her father then joined a support group �that�s the ultimate for a caregiver� and she can�t imagine how their lives would be without it. Terry also says the adult day care program her mother attends several times a week has made a huge and positive difference for her mother. Terry�s mother also is registered in Safe Return�, the Association�s nationwide safety net of community-based programs to help identify, locate and return people with memory impairment who wander and become lost. �It gives us such peace of mind to know that if my mother ever wandered, she�d be brought back to us safely,� Terry said. �We all have had a very full life for the past five years or so that my mother has had Alzheimer�s and that�s what so important for my mother, father and our whole family."

Through the financial support of Community Health Charities, employees who donate through workplace giving programs help make these and many other services possible. Thank you for caring.



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