Founded:
1999
Contact Title:
Chapter Assistant
Contact Name:
Debra Kinscherf
Address:
639 York Street, Room 200
Quincy, IL 62301
Phone Number:
(217) 228-1111
Fax Number:
(217) 592-3690
Email:
dkinscherf@alz.org
Website:
www.alz.org/illinoiscentral

Communities:
Quincy, IL
Categories:
Education, Health Care

Alzheimer's Association

Mission:

The Alzheimer’s Association, Quincy Area Branch, is the premier source of information and support for Alzheimer’s families in West Central Illinois. The agency offers free programs and services for Alzheimer’s families, and training for health professionals. Age is the highest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. This disease affects 10% of the U.S. population over the age of 65 and 50% of people over the age of 85. There are nearly 4000 people with the disease living in our 5-county region: Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, and Schuyler counties. Family members provide 70% of Alzheimer’s care at home. All services for families are free including a 24-Hour Helpline, “Medic Alert-Safe Return” I.D. bracelet program, care consultants, and family caregiver education. Funding for programs and services is provided through individual donations, grants, special events, and corporate support.

History:

Responding to community requests for services, a group of volunteers organized the Quincy Area Branch Alzheimer’s Association in 1999. It is one of two branches of the Central Illinois Chapter, Peoria, IL, and is affiliated with the National Association in Chicago. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Free services include education, support and care consultations, information and referral, Safe Return Identification program, support groups, and advocacy activities.

Highlights:
  • 24-Hour Helpline– offers guidance and support, day or night, seven days a week. Lists of community resources, such as home health care, day services, and long-term care are available.
  • Care Consultations– provide individual or family discussions with professionals regarding specific disease and care giving issues. Practical tips and resources are shared.
  • “Safe Return” ID Bracelet Program– registers individuals in the Safe Return Program to assist in their safe return. These $50 bracelets are free through donations and grant support to the Central Illinois Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association.
  • Family Caregiver Information– includes legal and financial forum; programs focusing on early intervention, middle and end stage disease and care giving; exploring care options; and partnering with your doctor.
  • Support Groups– offer education, resources, support, and an opportunity for sharing. The agency provides resources and training for leaders of our support group, which meet monthly.
  • Training for HealthCare Professionals*- includes Annual Education Conference, Activity-Based Alzheimer Care, Developmental Disabilities and Alzheimer’s Disease, and Train the Trainer. *a fee is charged for training.
  • Library– includes 200 books and 200 videos about the disease and care giving available for loan to families and professionals.
  • Newsletter– promotions, agency activities, caregiver education, research updates, and legislative issues.
  • Advocacy Action– communicates Alzheimer’s-related issues with state and federal legislators.
  • Speaker’s Bureau– offers presentations on the disease and care giving for civic, corporate, and church groups. Research– is supported through the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Institute of our National Alzheimer’s Association.
Ways to Give:

Education, Support Services, Bequests, and Annuities. Your gift will provide the vital education and support services for families coping with this devastating disease and help support research to find a cure. As the baby boomers reach the high-risk ages for this disease, the need for our services will escalate. Your gift will help ensure programs and services to Alzheimer’s families continue to be free of charge.

Options:

Consider the potential income or estate tax savings that can be associated with a current or future gift to the Alzheimer’s Association. Make a specific bequest in your will or trust to the Alzheimer’s Association. The bequest can be in the form of a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the assets passing under the terms of your will or trust. Name the Alzheimer’s Association as a primary or contingent beneficiary of all or a portion of the benefits payable at your death under the terms of your pension benefits, an IRA, an annuity or life insurance contract.