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Who are we?

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 
Amanda Hoelscher
Amy Sobrino
Shannon Nosbisch

Leadership Council
Ashley Dillingham
Johnna Schultz

Trisha Ratliff

We have recorded some of our Community Education Programs -
Memory Loss - What You Need to Know 

Creative Problem Solving for Dementia Caregiving

Planning for Long Term Care 

Planning for a Life Time
Please click on the links to view these programs.

Effingham Area Alzheimer's Awareness is partnering with Midland Area Agency on Aging to make Effingham County and the City of Effingham a Dementia Friendly Community! If your business (grocery store, beauty or barber shop, bank, law office, accounting office, etc.) or agency would like to become dementia friendly, please contact Shannon at 217-663-0010 or Midland Area Agency on Aging at 618-532-1853 and ask for Nancy or Judy.  It is a free training, about 30 minutes in length.  Please call and schedule your Dementia Friendly Community training!


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!

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