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On this day, educational programs are being held in dozens of countries to raise awareness about the growing challenge of this disease. The Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased to bring together professional and family caregivers to learn about recent advances in science and care.September 21, 2010Check-in 8:00 a.m.Program 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Location:Elk Grove Park DistrictGarden Terrace Room1000 Wellington AveElk Grove Village, ILPhone:847.933.2413Cost:$45 for Professionals$25 Family MembersGroup rates are availableCEUs provided by Oakton Community College and Alexian BrosPresenters:Concetta Forchetti M.D. Ph.D.Jeannine Forrest, RN, PhDMary Ellen Geist, Author and Family CaregiverDr. Concetta Forchetti, both a researcher and clinician, will provide an update on current trends in biomedical research including diagnosis, treatment, and population studies examining risk reduction. Dr. Jeannine Forrest, who manages a research project involving palliative care for people with advanced dementia, will describe best practices and the findings of her current study. Finally, Mary Ellen Geist, author of an acclaimed memoir about caring for her father with Alzheimer’s disease, will talk about her personal journey of caregiving and the power of music and song to connect with those with Alzheimer’s disease.I have had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Forchetti speak. She really knows how to explain the disease with great ease.

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