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Discover keys to early Alzheimer’s detection

Free program in Morris to identify 10 signs of catching disease early

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT
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Mike Bius of the Alzheimer’s Association teaches the difference between normal aging and the 10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Is it normal, age-related memory loss and nothing to worry about, or could it be the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease? With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, this is a question that is being asked much more frequently.

Early detection of Alzheimer’s can make a huge difference in the quality of life not only for the person suffering from the disease, but for their care partners as well.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, a free program entitled “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Morris Education Center of Joliet Junior College, 1715 North Division.  There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of an expert from the Alzheimer’s Association.

The program will be presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, and will teach participants the difference between just “getting older” and the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Most everyone has entered a room and forgotten what they went in there for, or we’ve misplaced our car keys or can’t remember someone’s name. This is to be expected, especially as we age. But when our memory lapses begin to be more frequent and affect our daily lives, it is time to determine if it is normal aging or if it could be something more serious.

Knowing the 10 Signs helps to empower people to combat the devastating financial and emotional toll that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease.

There is no charge to attend this program and those interested can register by calling the Alzheimer’s Association®, Greater Illinois Chapter at (815) 744-0804.  

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 our Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/illinois.

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