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Conference for caregivers helps families cope

15th Annual Conference for Caregivers August 12, 2017 Springfield, IL

15th Annual Conference for Caregivers, August 12, 2017 Springfield, ILI’m looking forward to attending the 15th annual Conference for Caregivers this Saturday, August 12 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Northfield Center, 3280 Northfield Drive in Springfield, Illinois. Presented by the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland, the conference is offered for caregivers of older family members and grandparents raising children to provide information and support.

Following are some of the great sessions lined up, including a couple focused on dementia that I’m really looking forward to hearing. You can still register through Thursday, August 10 by calling the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland at 217-787-9234 for more information. Continue reading

International Book Award for Brought to Our Senses

Illinois Author Earns Next Generation Indie Book Award for Dementia Novel

Kathleen H. Wheeler’s poignant family drama Brought to Our Senses named a finalist in the First Novel category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Next Generation Indie Books Award LogoIllinois author Kathleen H. Wheeler’s debut Brought to Our Senses has been named a finalist in the First Novel category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world, the international book award competition recognizes the most exceptional books published independent of the “Big Five” conglomerates through small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long careers with major publishing houses, to identify cream-of-the-crop books worthy of support to reach a wider audience of readers.

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The politics of Alzheimer’s disease funding

Rauner Versus Blunt

The politics of Alzheimer's disease fundingFunny how two Midwestern politicians can have completely different opinions on the exact same subject of Alzheimer’s disease funding.

Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri just announced he will make Alzheimer’s disease funding a priority on his agenda. Meanwhile, Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois has now proposed cutting $3.3 million in annual funding to the three primary Alzheimer’s centers in the state, leaving them with ZERO funding for the first time ever. Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

Both politicians are republicans whose constituents are separated only by the Mississippi River. One feels increased funding is absolutely necessary based on the predicted Alzheimer’s epidemic as baby boomers age over the next twenty years. The other sees Alzheimer’s disease assistance and research as an “extra” that can be eliminated.

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Casual Friday Donations to Alzheimer’s Association

Casual Friday Donations for Alzheimer's AssociationI work for a great company that has a “Casual Friday” policy. Every Friday for a minimum $5 donation, employees may wear jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or whatever casual attire deemed appropriate for work. The money collected each Friday is then donated to various nonprofit charities that are determined throughout the year.

Last Friday’s donations went to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and  I was responsible for adding this association to the list of Casual Friday recipients! It feels wonderful to help with the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission to create a world without Alzheimer’s disease, even in such a small way. Continue reading