My involvement with the Illinois Public Policy Network of the Alzheimer's Association has given me a firsthand view of what an important role public awareness and the association's educational programs play in the lives of more than half a million Illinoisans living with Alzheimer's disease today — 210,000 persons in Illinois with the disease, their family and caregivers.
The Alzheimer's Association seeks to eliminate this terrible disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
One specific resource for all people dealing with Alzheimer's disease is the Alzheimer's Association 24-hour help line. This service exists for people to better understand and cope with this disease and can be reached at (800) 272-3900.
A newly enacted statute has, for the first time, officially designated November as Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in Illinois.
I'm proud that the General Assembly and Governor Blagojevich are raising awareness of Alzheimer's disease and encouraging all of us to learn more and improve the quality of life for Illinoisans living with Alzheimer's today and tomorrow.
The writer is chairperson, Illinois Public Policy Network, Alzheimer's Association.