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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Join us for a complimentary meal and education program on The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Seating is limited and registration is required. Register below or call 217.726.5184.

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on diagnosis, risk factors, disease stages, treatment options and much more.

Thursday, October 5
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Complimentary Dinner

Hope Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
2211 Wabash Avenue, Springfield

Thank you to the King’s Daughters Organization Blackstock Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln for their program support.

REGISTER NOW - Seating is limited
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ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS INVITED TO ATTEND FREE TRAINING

Aug. 28, 2017 – Those who provide care to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patients at home are invited to attend The Savvy Caregiver program, a free, six-week course. Beginning Oct. 2, classes will meet from 1 to 3 pm on Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., Springfield.

Participants must pre-register to attend; walk-ins will not be accepted. To learn more or to register, contact Greg Kyrouac, 217-545-7199 or gkyrouac@siumed.edu.

The Savvy Caregiver classes are designed to increase caregivers’ knowledge and confidence in their role by providing:
    1. A better understanding of the disease
    1. Skills to assess the abilities of the person with dementia
    1. Strategies to manage the day-to-day care of the person with dementia, including personal care
    1. Skills to take better of themselves
    1. Tips on how to build a positive partnership with health care professionals
  • The classes are offered free of charge through an Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Service Program grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging.

    Schedule an interview or request more information by contacting SIU Medicine's Office of Public Relations and Communications:

    Karen Carlson
    kcarlson@siumed.edu
    217.545.3854

    Lauren Murphy
    lmurphy73@siumed.edu
    217.545.2819
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS INVITED TO ATTEND FREE TRAINING

    Aug. 28, 2017 – Those who provide care to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patients at home are invited to attend The Savvy Caregiver program, a free, six-week course. Beginning Oct. 2, classes will meet from 1 to 3 pm on Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., Springfield.

    Participants must pre-register to attend; walk-ins will not be accepted. To learn more or to register, contact Greg Kyrouac, 217-545-7199 or gkyrouac@siumed.edu.

    The Savvy Caregiver classes are designed to increase caregivers’ knowledge and confidence in their role by providing:
    1. A better understanding of the disease
    1. Skills to assess the abilities of the person with dementia
    1. Strategies to manage the day-to-day care of the person with dementia, including personal care
    1. Skills to take better of themselves
    1. Tips on how to build a positive partnership with health care professionals
  • The classes are offered free of charge through an Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Service Program grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging.

    Schedule an interview or request more information by contacting SIU Medicine's Office of Public Relations and Communications:

    Karen Carlson
    kcarlson@siumed.edu
    217.545.3854

    Lauren Murphy
    lmurphy73@siumed.edu
    217.545.2819
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    WEATHERING THE STORM

    Beginning November 1, 2015, Senior Services of Central Illinois put into place some budget cuts and efficiencies (including closing the doors of the Springfield Senior Center on Fridays) that were aimed at helping us weather the storm of Illinois’ budget impasse. By taking these cuts and closing the doors of the Senior Center on Fridays temporarily, our hope was to protect our fiscal foundation as much as possible so that our doors would not close permanently.

    Since that time our Board of Directors, management and staff have all worked to cut expenses but to cut as few services as possible. Our goal and our mission has remained the same --- to keep senior citizens in our communities independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. We feel we have done that, but by being closed on Fridays at the Senior Center we are not operating at full capacity nor being the best we could be. So, after carefully watching our expenditures and being as efficient as possible with those funds we have received, the Board of Directors of Senior Services of Central Illinois has made the decision to resume full-time services, opening our doors again five days a week and restoring our services as much as possible, effective August 1, 2017.

    A continued close watch on our agency finances will be maintained, of course, and we very well may have to revert back to closing our doors for a while. We hope not. But SSCI operates on a healthy fiscal foundation due to the past 21 months of budget cuts plus many years of conservative fiscal operation AND we enjoy a number of wonderful partnerships. Among these partnerships are:

    • The City of Springfield owns our facility and is very conscientious about keeping it in good shape.

    • The Springfield Park District owns the property this building sits on and always keeps the property well-groomed.

    • The Illinois Department On Aging and the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland are two of our major funders and keeps at the front of their focus the challenges we as service providers are going through during this time due to the deep financial cuts by the State.

    • SSCI staff have taken a 10% pay cut over the past many months and are very conscious of assisting within their programs in every way they can to cut corners without cutting quality of service.

    • And certainly not least, the people in the communities we serve have generously continued to support this agency through attending our fundraisers as well as making monetary donations.

    So, who knows for how long, but beginning August 1, let’s celebrate that we are open once again five days a week. Please come visit soon!!

    Questions may be addressed to Karen Schainker, Executive Director, Senior Services of Central Illinois
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    ELKHART ROUTE 66 LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION

    Friday Sept. 1 5 to 10pm
    Saturday Sept. 2 8 to 10pm
    Jam Packed Fun for the Whole Family


    Friday evening kicks off the celebration featuring
      · Original art for sale at The Country Bumpkin Shop, Bird Song Books and Vintage and Horsefeathers
      · Live music performed on acoustic guitars, classic strings and a jazz combo
      · Food available at The Wild Hare Café from 5 to 8pm

    Saturday is a full day of activities for all ages and interests
      · 8am Biscuits and Gravy breakfast served at the Fellowship Community Ctr.( old school- FCC)
      · 9am Swap or Shop Clothing Exchange in FCC
      · Live music performances throughout the Day
      · All day display of Antique Tractors and Engines, Motorcycles and Bicycles
      · All day display of Vintage Classic Cars
      · Street Food available all day outside The Little Foxes Shop
      · Blue Plate Specials served at The Wild Hare from 11 to 2pm
      · Slot Car Racing at Route 66 Model Raceway-- Special Races for kids and Seniors
      · All day painting of a Historic Wall Mural of Elkhart and Route 66
      · All day Exhibition of friendly farm animals and Children's Petting Zoo
      · Essential Oils Classes
      · Story Telling by Mike Anderson at the Library
      · Sidewalk Chalk Drawing and Make and Take Projects for the kids
      · Historic Tours by wagon with commentary by Bob McCue
      · Cemetery Chapel Tours and Music performed on the antique church organ
      · BBQ contest with prize money awarded
      · Best Homemade Pie Baking Contest with cash prizes awarded
      · Grand Parade featuring a salute to our Senior Citizens
      · Talent Show with cash prizes awarded
      · Street Dance music supplied by Hi Tek Redneck
    Festival Flyers and Map available from all shops and visitors information table
    For more information and entry forms go to website www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org or Facebook page: Elkhart Illinois antiques, arts and café.

    Devin Williams (Springfield) Rylie Bourne (Nashville)
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    THIRD ANNUAL DARE TO BE DIFFERENT FASHION SHOW HIGHLIGHTS DOWNTOWN FASHION
    PCASA partners with DSI for upcoming runway fundraiser to benefit both organizations


    CUDNTWN – Downtown Springfield Inc. and the President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton Hotel proudly invite local fashionistas of all ages and styles to a one-stop trunk show and runway experience featuring trendy fashions from downtown shops, timed perfectly for fall shopping sprees.

    “We’re expecting to surprise a few people who haven’t shopped downtown for a while,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, DSI Executive Director. “The downtown merchants are really excited to show their new lines of clothing and they’ve had a great time working together to make the night a memorable one.”

    Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door with proceeds benefiting DSI in their work to revitalize downtown and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, a downtown non-profit working to heal the trauma of sexual assault. This is the first year that PCASA has teamed up with DSI on the Dare to be Different Fashion Show. The ticket price includes admissions and appetizers. A frozen cocktail bar (with options for non-alcoholic versions) and other items will be available for purchase.

    The event will be held next Thursday, August 24 at the President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, located at 701 E Adams. Starting at 5 pm, guests can visit the Red Carpet Reception & Trunk Show with the Runway Show starting at 6 pm. There will also be a Silent Auction of fashion items for attendees to bid on.

    In addition to the Trunk Show & Silent Auction, more than 70 looks will be curated for the runway by these 11 downtown area businesses featuring Springfield models of all ages, shapes and sizes:

    Daisy Jane's | Iris & Ivy | Itty Bitty Fashion Truck | Jim Herron Ltd. | Murphy’s Loft | Recycled Records | The Roost | Springfield Vintage | What the Shirt | Wild Rose | Urban Sassafras

    People who haven’t shopped downtown for a while will be surprised by the selection. Many Sangamon County residents remember the time when downtown was the only place to do your shopping at department stores including Myers, Bressmar’s and Robert’s. By 2012, when DSI commissioned a market study of the downtown shopping district, women’s clothing was one of the primary gaps in product. Since then, downtown entrepreneurs have responded to the demand, and today you can see many trendy ensembles in the store windows downtown. Plus locally-owned businesses provide hands-on customer service and can respond to customer trends more quickly.

    The night’s emcee is Troy Armstrong, chosen by SJR Readers in both 2016 and 2017 as Best DJ. Hair and makeup for some of the models will be provided by Dalliance Salon (on Adams), Willow and Birch (moving to Washington this fall), Hair of the Dog Bar/bershop (at Monroe and Fourth), and Uptown Looks (on 5th).

    Sponsors of this event include President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton, Green Hyundai, Lewis Memorial Christian Village and Troy Armstrong DJ Company. Tickets are available online at downtownspringfield.org or at the door.
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