Illinois was recognized as a Dementia Friendly state in 2017, as part of Dementia Friendly America. Currently 18 communities in Illinois are designated as Dementia Friendly with many more in the process. ICRN supports Dementia Friendly Illinois and has collected resources to help the efforts of communities in Illinois to become part of the Dementia Friendly America movement.
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If all the people in Illinois with dementia lived in a single city, it would be the second largest after Chicago, so building dementia friendly communities in Illinois is of significant importance.
Dementia Friends Illinois is a grass-roots effort for community members to become aware of the steps they can take individually and collectively to improve the lived experience of persons with dementia and their support systems.
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Living with Alzheimer’s disease can take time and adjustment
Adjusting to being caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a slow process.
Resources for those who work with people who have dementia and their families
Community members can learn about dementia to support those around them.
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