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Letters to the Editor

Vision: ‘A world without Alzheimer’s’

It has been brought to our attention there may be some confusion regarding the Alzheimer’s Association and the role we play within central Illinois. We would like to take this opportunity to clarify our mission and ask that you continue to support the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter.

There are five million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States today, and 210,000 live in the state of Illinois. The Alzheimer’s Association is the premier organization for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, supporting research and providing for the care and support of persons with the disease and their family members, along with promoting brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s, and we believe one day our vision will be a reality.

The Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter provides a wide range of programs and services to area residents including a 24/7, toll-free Helpline, information and referral services, care consultations, educational programs, support groups, safety services and online programs. In addition, we match volunteers who are interested in clinical trials through our TrialMatch program, provide physician outreach and advocate at local, state and federal levels.

Our activities are supported by many events, including the LaSalle County Walk To End Alzheimer’s, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Baker Lake in Peru. We thank all who have supported our efforts in the past and we hope to have your support in the future.

To learn more about our programs and services, visit us at alz.org/illinoiscentral. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association and the Central Illinois Chapter, to become a corporate sponsor or to register a walk team, please contact us at 800-272-3900.

Nikki M. Vulgaris-Rodriguez, executive director, Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter

Peoria

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