Announcements for April, 2017

12 April 2017

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

The AFSCME Retirees will meet at the Wildwood Tavern in Niles on Wednesday, April 19th, at 11:30AM. The restaurant is on the corner of Touhy & Caldwell Avenues in Niles. Our speaker will be Ms. Denise Corkery, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club. I’ve invited her so that she can tell you about her organization and the environmental challenges we face in the mid-west and Great Lakes region. I will have news from the 1st quarter meeting of Council 31 Retiree Officers conference that met on March 30-31 in Springfield. Mark you calendars to attend this meeting. There will be information and handouts to take home. Watch our blogsite for places to find the materials if you are unable to attend.

To be perfectly clear, nationally and in Illinois- we are in crisis.

Let me close on this hopeful note. You are among friends who have seen opportunity in this crisis and have been organizing a resistance. So come to the meeting and learn more about it and the role you will play.


Charlie Hogan,


Be sure to check recent items on the page for April by clicking here. 

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2 Responses to Announcements for April, 2017

  1. Tara Pink says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    *Tara M. Pink, M.A. *

    *Engagement Manager*

    *Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter *

    *8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 800 **|** Chicago, IL 60631*

    *Office: 847.779.697 6 | *** * | ** *

    On Sun, Apr 16, 2017 at 3:16 PM, afscmeretirees161 wrote:

    > afscmeretirees161 posted: ” From Tara Pink, Alzheimer’s Association: I > wanted to share this recent recording of a program conducted by our > Education outreach team for Couples and Spouses of Those Living with > Dementia. Please feel free to share with anyone you know that is c” >

  2. Tara Pink says:

    Good afternoon,

    We have some exciting news to share on funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research!

    The Alzheimer’s Association, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) and its nationwide network of advocates applaud Congress for hearing their call and taking action in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. A $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding was signed into law on May 5, 2017, increasing federal funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to nearly $1.4 billion. After years of stagnant funding, this is the second year in a row the Alzheimer’s Association request for historic funding increases has been acted on by our federal leaders.

    Today, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. An additional 15 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for individuals living with the disease.

    Already the nation’s most expensive disease — at a cost of $259 billion in 2017 — the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that by mid-century the number of people with the disease is set to nearly triple, and the costs of Alzheimer’s are projected to more than quadruple to $1.1 trillion. Today, funding for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH is under $1.4 billion per year. Leading experts have said a greater investment is still needed if we are to stay on the path to preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025. The Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program, through philanthropic support, has committed over $385 million to more than 2,500 best-of-field grant proposals, leading to field-changing advances. According to Thomson Reuters InCites (formerly Web of Science), the Alzheimer’s Association ranks as the highest impact nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research in the world, ranking in overall impact behind only the Chinese and United States governments.

    For more information on this historic increase in funding or how you can get involved in community events, outreach, education or volunteer opportunities please feel free to contact me directly at or (847) 779-6976.

    *Tara M. Pink, M.A. *

    *Engagement Manager*

    *Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter *

    *8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 800 **|** Chicago, IL 60631*

    *Office: 847.779.697 6 | *** * | ** *

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