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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Become a Dementia Friends Champion.
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.
Support & Services
Caregiving is a difficult task, ICRN provides tips on practical caregiving.
Find support groups for caregivers and people with dementia.
ICRN provides information about events, training sessions and webinars all aimed to assist those caring for or living with dementia.
Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health?
Strategies that can help caregivers manage sleep problems for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
In this NIA-funded study, researchers look at how immune cells may offer new ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Finding a way to stay connected during this time of stress and social distancing.
During the spread of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, we are all feeling more lonely and disconnected. If you are living with or caring for someone with dementia that feeling is even stronger. Both family members and healthcare staff are feeling this stress too.
We began #WordsOfComfort to bring us together and share words of support, advice and comfort as we move through this time. We hope these words of comfort help each of us to know that we are not alone.
The support group meetings were a life-line to me as I was navigating the care of my late husband, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s. I remember another spouse saying her husband had recently gone on a special day-trip for Alzheimer’s patients. The spouse said, “He doesn’t remember the trip, but he had a good time.” I was completely baffled. Why did he bother to go on a trip that he did not remember? I soon realized that any enjoyable experience contributes to our well-being and is therefore beneficial. It’s like a good night’s sleep. We don’t remember it, but it does us good.