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.
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.
Agencies across the federal government support efforts to carry out the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, a coordinated approach to accelerate research and improve care and services for individuals impacted by dementia.
A new study suggests that chronic pain may be linked to dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias change the way people remember, think, and act. These diseases can be devastating for the individuals who have them and for their families. Agencies across the federal government support efforts to carry out the National Plan…
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.
When I think of the caregivers that I’ve come to know and love, I am blown away by the sheer force of their devotion, advocacy and unconditional love for their companions, most often the spouse. I think of how they are taking those marriage vows to heart while at the same time experiencing such profound sadness and loss.
As this crisis evolves I think often about the caregivers of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. One of the great qualities you all have is that of adaptation as we have all learned how to do that over time. Your abilities and strength will get you through these times. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️ #CAREGIVERS STRONG