The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois Dementia-Friendly Initiatives

The Agency on Aging Joins the Dementia Friendly America Network

Building dementia friendly communities in Illinois is significantly important to persons living with or at risk for dementia and their caregivers. Based on a 2017 Alzheimer’s Association report, it is estimated that 220,000 people in Illinois have dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and by 2025 the number will increase by 18% to 260,000 people.

Dementia Friendly America is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in the community and engage and thrive in day to day living.

In March of 2017, the Agency made a commitment to the Dementia Friendly Illinois Communities initiative at the Dementia Friendly Illinois kick-off workshop.

Through an Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services grant funded by the Illinois Department on Aging through the Administration on Community Living, and by utilizing the Dementia Friendly America Toolkit, the Agency has received national recognition from Dementia Friendly America for the development of two Dementia Friendly communities: Kankakee County and North Chicago in Lake County. Through this grant, we have been able to accomplish a lot in 2018 in collaboration with community partners:

The Agency on Aging is bringing the message of Dementia Awareness and Support to our local communities

Ready to ignite your community to become more Dementia Friendly and get your star on the map? We can provide the assistance and support you need!

Interested in becoming a Dementia Friendly Business?

Dementia-Friendly Business Standards

Dementia-Friendly Training Topics

To learn more about these programs or to see how we can serve as a resource for your Dementia Friendly community effort, contact Colette Jordan at 630-293-5990 or cjordan@ageguide.org or fill out our form.

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