Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Release Webinars

The Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map (RM) for Dementia will be released October 18, 2018, through a series of webinars, as well as events/presentations at American Public Health Association and Gerontological Society of America Conferences. The Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map will be present…

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Dementia Friendly River Forest Kick-Off

Here is an article shared by Helen Kwan regarding the Dementia Friendly River Forest multi-sectoral community engagement on Friday, September 7, 2018. http://mobile.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-2-2018/Becoming-a-Dementia-friendly-community/ Becoming a Dementia friendly community No matter what your chronological age, this is the moment to join…

Introducing Dementia Friends Illinois Champion — Tessa McEwen, AM, LSW

Dementia Friends Illinois Champions are individuals who have gone through training to provide in-person one-hour conferences to engage diverse audiences to become Dementia Friends.  Below is an introduction to Tessa Garcia McEwen, AM, LSW, who works at The Memory Center…

What are biomarkers and how do they help detect dementia?

From the National Institute on Aging: Biomarkers are measures of what is happening inside the living body, shown by the results of laboratory and imaging tests. Biomarkers can help doctors and scientists diagnose diseases and health conditions, find health risks…

Arts Camp for Brain Health

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations are joining together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuro-motor function, and those who care for them.  Attached and…

Caring of Caregivers Organically (CoCO): Health Study for Latinas Caring for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

When an individual faces Alzheimer's disease or related dementia (ADRD), those who assume caregiver roles are also affected in the trajectory of providing care. Consequently, it is crucial to also consider the caregiver’s health and well-being as they may forgo…

Banking and Financial Services for a Dementia Friendly America

Dementia Friendly America is partnering with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition on a May 30 webinar, Banking and Financial Services for a Dementia Friendly America. The webinar will explore dementia-friendly banking research, tools and resources for fostering communities that effectively…

Too Soon to Forget Documentary Airs on American Public Television

Posted for Susan Frick, MSW: For many years, the Without Warning support group of the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center has been creating a documentary on the experience of younger onset Alzheimer's disease, called Too Soon To Forget. Selected by American…

Dementia Friends Illinois Road Trips to Wisconsin

Dementia Friends is a global movement which encourages individuals to consider how they can support people in their communities who are living with dementia. Minnesota has been a leader in the Friends program, being the first state to have a…

Memory Cafes and Dementia Friendly Communities

Persons living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners often experience social disengagement and disconnection as they navigate disease progression. Isolation can cause multiple challenges for the PLWD and their care partners including depression, a decline in health, and worsening…