Dementia Friendly River Forest, IL Joins DFA Network

The Village of River Forest, Illinois has joined the Dementia Friendly America network of communities! Dementia Friendly River Forest is taking a multi-sector approach to develop and share innovative dementia-friendly initiatives with the community. After holding a 2018 kick-off meeting, Dementia Friendly River Forest chose the Village of River Forest, the Oak Park/River Forest Township and the Loyola University Health System as the champion organizations that will coordinate the initiative. Dementia Friendly River Forest has received strong support from the mayor of the Village of River Forest and the local police and fire departments and has begun developing partnerships with local libraries as well as home care and social services organizations. The Dementia Friendly River Forest team will work with the Center for Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago to track its progress and share findings with the community. The initiative is planning to develop the “River Forest Care Corps” as a way to reduce stigma and support persons living with dementia and their families and to provide opportunities for volunteers to offer respite care.