DFA Welcomes New Communities in Illinois

Dementia Friendly America welcomes two new communities to the DFA Network! With leadership from the Area Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois, Kankakee County and the North Chicago/Lake County communities have each developed a dementia-friendly Advisory Committee comprised of community partners, caregivers and people living with dementia who will guide their dementia friendly community initiatives. North Chicago/Lake County’s dementia friendly community activities have included holding a kick-off community meeting, implementing the Tales and Travels Memories Library program, receiving a mayoral proclamation for Dementia Friendly Awareness days, trainings for the health care sector and family caregivers, as well as a screening of the film Too Soon To Forget. Several initiatives in Kankakee County are underway, including caregiver trainings (some delivered in partnership with faith-based community), the implementation of memory cafes and a community-wide kick-off meeting. Both the Kankakee County and the North Chicago/Lake County dementia-friendly communities have used DFA resources to develop and implement dementia-friendly business training presentations for five sectors—health care, transportation, elder rights, financial/banking and general community members.
 
To join the DFA Network of communities, interested communities submit a an application describing their initiative and providing information on how it would: span community sectors, involve people living with dementia in guiding and shaping the initiative, adopt dementia-friendly practices, and more. Contact DFA for more information.