Who are we?


Update: We have recorded three of our Community Education Programs -

Memory Loss - What You Need to Know  https://youtu.be/l2GU62UrJrg and

Creative Problem Solving for Dementia Caregiving   https://youtu.be/iGkeO3JjmzU

Planning for Long Term Care https://youtu.be/XWpcTq9fFcw 

Please click on the links to view these programs.


Since COVID-19 caused quarantines and social distancing, we are not having in-person educational meetings, the Forget-Me-Not Memory Cafe, Dine With A Doc programs and other events. 

If anyone needs information, advice or any other help, please contact Amy or Shannon by phone at 618-363-8372 (Amy) or 217-663-0010 (Shannon) or email at eaaa.Amy@gmail.com or eaaa.Shannon@gmail.com.

We are the mother-daughter team of Shannon Nosbisch and Amy (Nosbisch) Sobrino. After caring for our loved one Anna Mae (Shannon's Mother-in-Law/Amy's Grandmother) as she lived with Alzheimer's disease for nearly 13 years, we saw first-hand the difficulties that families face. Through those years, we felt lost as each day brought new symptoms, new challenges, and new grief. After her caregiving experience, Amy went on to begin a career in geriatric social work, completing her Bachelor's of Social Work at SIUE and Master's of Social Work at SLU. Seeing the resources and programs available in more urban areas, we wanted to bring the same resources to Effingham and the surrounding area. In 2014, we officially became Effingham Area Alzheimer's Awareness, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Our leadership team includes:

Board of Directors 2019-2020

Amy Sobrino

Shannon Nosbisch

Jennifer Kibler

Amanda Hoelscher

Linus Nosbisch

Leadership Council 2019-2020

Ashley Dillingham

Trisha Ratliff

Johnna Schultz

Terri Simpson


Our Mission

Effingham Area Alzheimer's Awareness is a volunteer-based not-for-profit organization founded to provide support and education to all families, caregivers, and persons living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia in Effingham county and the surrounding area.

We strive to provide support for rural communities affected by dementia. Please explore our website to learn more about our programs and upcoming initiatives. Thanks for visiting!