Champagne & Champions Kentucky Derby Party

We are excited for our Champagne & Champions Kentucky Derby Party Saturday, May 2nd at Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria! This annual event is going to be one to remember! Tickets are available for $75 which includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks featuring J.K. Williams whiskey. Have you purchased your tickets? If not, call 309-681-1100 today.  All proceeds fund research and support programs and services for those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

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Guests will be breaking out their derby-style to celebrate in full Kentucky Derby fashion! The guest with the best Derby hat will even go home with a special prize! Need style tips? Check out the links we recommend on how to express your inner Southern belle or dapper gentleman.

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/fashion/womens-attire

http://www.kentuckyderby.com/experience/fashion/mens-attire

Fashion women in wide hat

Guests will also have a chance to win a gorgeous Tacori necklace, valued at $650, from Bremer Jewelry by purchasing a premium raffle ticket at the event! Place a bid on our various auction items such as a sunny Orlando vacation, a lavish Greek dinner party, and a summer patio package!

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A one-of-a-kind creation helps Alzheimer’s patients in the late stage of dementia.

For over 85 years, Imogene Zeller has always enjoyed sewing. From sewing doll clothes as a young girl to aprons, towels, and pillows to raise money for charities, Imogene is now at the age of 95 and is very sharp and humble about what she sews and why. Starting earlier this year, Imogene began to work on creating a one-of-a-kind creation called a fidget quilt. It first began when Imogene’s daughter, Kay Clor contacted the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter after reading an article about fidget quilts by Brenda Scarbeary, the chapter’s Care Navigator, in a local magazine.

This unique quilt has various objects firmly attached to it that can be manipulated and provide sensory stimulation.  This activity of using the fidget quilt has been helpful for many individuals in the late stage of dementia or during sundowning. Often in this stage an individual may appear to lose interest or awareness of surroundings. Studies indicate that as many as 20 percent of people with Alzheimer’s may experience increased confusion, anxiety, agitation, pacing and disorientation beginning at dusk and continuing throughout the night. The sensory stimulation from the fidget quilts helps release pent-up energy and provides a meaningful activity for those with dementia.

An example of a fidget quilt. Some sensory objects Imogene uses are keys, zippers, and buttons.

A picture of a fidget quilt. Some sensory objects used are keys, zippers, and buttons.

Imogene was recently nominated by Brenda for The Molina Healthcare of Illinois’ 2nd Annual Community of Champions Awards. She was awarded with $1,000 to give to her agency of choice. She generously granted the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter with the reward. Sewing about one quilt a day, Imogene uses the pattern provided by the chapter and uses a variety fabrics and objects for different textures. Imogene lives in the township of Lacon and has two children, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Imogene pictured above with her daughter Kay after winning The Molina Healthcare of Illinois 2nd Annual Community Of Champions Award

Imogene (left) pictured above with her daughter Kay (right) after winning The Molina Healthcare of Illinois 2nd Annual Community Of Champions Award

 A handmade fidget quilt can be purchased for $20 through the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter for gift-giving by calling 309.681.1100. Proceeds benefit the chapter to provide programs and services in our local community. The quilt may be personalized or monogrammed for an additional $5 charge.

Imogene working on a fidget quilt. On average, she sews about one quilt a day.

Imogene working on a fidget quilt. On average, she sews about one quilt a day.

Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Association -Central Illinois Chapter Blog

Thanks for checking out our blog! We are excited to start featuring local community members and there stories concerning Alzheimer’s disease. We hope that each story will let all those dealing with the disease and other related dementia know that they are not alone.

If you are willing to share your journey with Alzheimer’s disease contact Andrea Koerber, Communications Associate, at akoerber@alz.org or 309.681.1100

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association and the services provided in our area, visit http://www.alz.org/illinoiscentral