Dementia Friendly America Illinois Workshop

The Dementia Friendly America Illinois Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Springfield, Illinois.  This workshop is part of the process to have the State of Illinois added to the Dementia Friendly America network.

This statewide event that convenes experts and leaders from diverse community sectors throughout Illinois who support the development of dementia friendly communities.

Brief Schedule:

  • 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. – Workshop begins
  • 11:55 – 12:40 – Box Lunch
  • 3:00 p.m. – Workshop concludes


St. John’s Hospital’s Prairie Heart Institute

Dove Conference Center, 619 E. Mason, Springfield



For further information, please contact ICRN at

You can also find additional community resources at Dementia Friendly America at

Detailed Agenda:


Thursday, March 30, 2017

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

To ensure that those who are living with dementia are guiding and shaping our work, we will follow these guidelines:

·         Those who self-identify as living with dementia will be providing perspectives and reactions throughout our agenda

·         Those who self-identify as living with dementia will be asked to speak first and have first option for speaking when sharing comments

·         We will take multiple breaks and adjust meeting conditions as needed to foster meaningful participation of those living with dementia

  9:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast  
10:00 AM




Welcome and Introductions

·         Welcome & Introductions

Video: Dementia Friends

·         Opening Remarks from DFA co-partners


National Association of Area Agencies on Aging


Raj Shah


Karen Messer

Meredith Eisenhart


10:20 AM Panel: Personal Perspective – What is the current experience for individuals & families?  
10:30 AM Illinois Dementia Friendly Landscape

·         Illinois Cognitive Resource Network

·         Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan

·         State Plan on Aging


Raj Shah

Jennifer Martin

Betsy Creamer

11:00 AM Overview of Dementia Friendly America

·         Dementia Friendly America toolkit overview & Dementia Friends

·         Panel: Dementia friendly efforts currently underway in Illinois

–          IL State Senator Linda Bush (D-31st District)

–          Helen Kwan, Government Relations Consultant, Helen Kwan and Associates

–          Melvin Thompson, Executive Director, Endeleo Institute


Olivia Mastry



Greg Kyrouac


11:45 AM Panel: Personal Perspective – What is needed to provide better support to individuals & families?  
12:40 PM


ALL PARTICIPANTS:  Deep Dive for Moving Forward:  


What is needed in our community so that we can better support individuals with dementia and their care partners?

Raj Shah

Darby Morhardt

Greg Kyrouac

Susan Frick

1:10 PM Large Group Debrief All
1:40 PM Panel: Personal Perspective – How can individuals & families be involved in developing solutions?  
1:50 PM ALL PARTICIPANTS:  Next Steps:


How best can we ensure we have the active role of persons with dementia and their care partners involved in planning?

Raj Shah

Darby Morhardt

Greg Kyrouac

Susan Frick


2:20 PM Large Group Debrief All
2:40 PM Wrap Up & Closing

·         Immediate next steps & accountabilities


Raj Shah



Last Updated on April 28, 2020

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