Alzheimer's Disease Conference Held in Decatur

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Decatur- There are over five million people living with Alzheimer's Disease in Illinois. 

In Illinois there are 220,000 people currently suffering from the disease. That is up 10,000 people from last year. 

The Alzheimer's Association held their Alzheimer's and Related Illnesses Conference at Richland Community College. 

The conference was attended by professional, paraprofessionals, and family members of those affected by Alzheimer's Disease. 

"We're here to help families and professionals alike learn more about Alzheimer's Disease, and how to be better caregivers and friends to those suffering." said Melanie Adams, Director, Education & Outreach, Alzheimer's Association. 

They talked about a variety of things including, recognizing the signs of Alzheimer's, what to do when you notice the signs, as well as the legal ramifications.  

The Alzheimer's Association has a 24 hour helpline for anyone in need of support. You can reach the help line by calling 1-800-272-3900. 

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