FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago and Alzheimer’s Association Co-Sponsor Summer Institute on Aging
CHICAGO, April 27, 2005 The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter and the schools of law, social work, and nursing at Loyola University Chicago are hosting an interdisciplinary Summer Institute on Aging focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The four-day session is ideal for professionals who work with people affected by Alzheimer’s and for Loyola University graduate and law students.
The program series, titled, “Exceptional Alzheimer Care and Services: Giving Hope and Help to Persons Affected by the Disease in the Early, Middle and Late Stages” will take place May 23-26 at the Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower campus in Chicago. People interested in attending will be able to register for single-day sessions or the entire four-day Institute.
Faculty from Loyola’s Schools of Social Work, Nursing and Law, along with staff from the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter Professional Training Institute, developed the curriculum for the Institute and will also facilitate the four-day program. The program is designed for professionals who work with people with Alzheimer’s disease or their care partners, including social workers, nurses, counselors, geriatric care managers, case managers and attorneys, and for Loyola graduate and professional students.
“Loyola is uniquely well-situated to co-sponsor this interdisciplinary program in light of its extensive commitment to issues affecting the elderly, including our Elder Law Initiative and Clinic, our Clinical Social Work Program, and the Loyola University Center on Aging Studies,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President of Loyola University Chicago. “This program is directly tied to our promise as a university to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives and it is our hope that the Institute will become an annual event.”
Alzheimer’s disease progressively destroys cells in the brain and gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, people may also experience changes in personality and behavior; in the late stages, people need help with dressing, personal hygiene, eating and other basic activities.
“The Summer Institute on Aging is a time-saving, cost-effective way to learn the scope of the disease in its early, middle and late stages, as well as understanding the importance of recognizing and resolving issues of elder abuse and neglect,” said Molly L. Henry, Director, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter Professional Training Institute. “Experts in dementia care, social work, nursing and law will present the most state-of-the-art information available in their fields of expertise. Participants also will come away with a variety of ways to give hope and help to clients throughout the disease process.”
Alzheimer’s disease already has a dramatic and far-reaching impact on society, according to the Alzheimer’s Association:
-An estimated 210,000 Illinois residents have Alzheimer’s today. With family members and caregivers, the Association estimates more than 640,000 Illinois residents are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Nationally, an estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. By 2025, as many as seven million Americans could have the disease, including an estimated 239,000 Illinois residents.
-More than 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, with family and friends providing almost 75 percent of care, managing daily routines and making important medical and legal decisions.
-A person with Alzheimer’s disease will live an average of eight years and up to as many as 20 years from the onset of symptoms, depending on the person’s age and severity of other medical conditions.
The Professional Training Institute of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter offers cutting-edge, interactive educational opportunities and practical resources for new and seasoned professionals working with people affected by Alzheimer’s disease The Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease, providing information, education, care consultation and supportive services for people with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers and the public.
Loyola University Chicago’s Schools of law, social work and nursing offer premier programs that are unique and only available at the University.
-The Loyola University Chicago Center on Aging Studies (LUCCAS) was formed in 1998 to foster interdisciplinary research in aging as well as gerontological education and service.
-The Loyola School of Nursing is the oldest baccalaureate program in nursing in the State of Illinois and is the largest Jesuit school of nursing the United States.
-Loyola’s School of Social Work is the oldest Catholic school of social work in the United States and has recently been selected to participate in the Curriculum Devolvement Institute sponsored by the Hartford Foundation and Council for Social Work Education.
-Loyola’s School of Law created the Elder Law Initiative in July 2000 in recognition of the growing needs for attorneys who have an understanding of elder law issues. The Elder Law Initiative includes the Elder Law Clinic, the Elder Law Seminar, and a variety of public education and public service projects. Loyola is the only law school in Chicago that offers specialized training in elder law and the Initiative is part of the Institute for health Law which is ranked 4th in the country among health law programs by U.S. News and World Report.
Register online at http://www.alzheimers-illinois.org. For more information on the Summer Institute on Aging, contact Professor Marcia Spira, School of Social Work, at 312.915.7580 or email@example.com, or Molly Henry, Director, Professional Training Institute, at 847.933.2413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.
About The Alzheimer’s Association
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 an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s. For nearly 25 years, the donor-supported, not-for-profit 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 Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Its dual mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers.