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Who we are

We are the Illinois Cognitive Resources Network (ICRN).  The ICRN was created in 2012 to develop a state-based model to improve interactions among the aging network, the disability network, the public health network, state Alzheimer’s Association chapters and state Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Centers. The overall goal is to help Illinois residents maintain cognitive health by accessing support services, education, research, and training programs. Our website address is:  The website is located on WordPress but is maintained for the ICRN by faculty and staff at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center (1750 West Harrison Street, Suite 1000, Chicago, Illinois 60612, United States of America).

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Our websites does not collect any personal data (especially personal health information) about visitors unless they chose to provide it.  As a WordPress site, we only collect the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as comments, cookies, analytics, and third party embeds and we describe what our website does and does not do below.


When visitors leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form. We also collect the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Contact forms

Our website does not include a contact form and we do not use a contact form plugin.


Our website does not utilize an analytics package.

Additional information

We do not use our site for commercial purposes and do not engage in more complex collection or processing of personal data.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What third parties we receive data from

Our web site may receive general user data from UniteUS (formerly NowPow) from those users that enter a zip code to search for local resources on UniteUS platform in order to better understand how many visitors to our site are utilizing the tool they provide.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. We use Akismet’s anti-spam service. The information collected by Akismet’s anti-spam service typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Our web site does not provide a service which includes automated decision making – for example, allowing users to apply for credit, or aggregating user data into an advertising profile.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Rush University Medical Center is a covered health entity and is subject to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. 

As a website geared towards the needs of residents in Illinois in the United States, we do not actively seek participation from persons in other countries, including the countries in the European Union.  However, we recognize that some individuals globally may find our content helpful.  We encourage European residents using our website not to enter data that may be collected about them as we are not bound to European data protection laws which require data about European residents which is transferred outside the European Union to be safeguarded to the same standards as if the data was in Europe.

How we protect your data

We do not solicit the collect of our users’ data.  We protect data that is collected as described above through annual data protection training of staff with administrator privileges for the website. Data sharing for services such as anti-spam protection is done with encrypted technology processes.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We follow Rush University Medical Center policies and procedures for dealing with data breaches, either potential or real.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Contact information

For privacy-specific concerns, please contact the designated Data Protection Officer for our website, Dr. Raj C. Shah, MD at

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