CDC Public Health Grand Rounds — “Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults,” on Tuesday, September 19, at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Please plan to attend the September session of CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, “Healthy Aging: Promoting Well-being in Older Adults,” on Tuesday, September 19, at 1:00 p.m. (ET). The session also may be viewed via live webcast. Open captions are provided.

Hear experts discuss the impact the aging population will have on their caregivers, the public health system, and the aging themselves. Learn how older people can maintain their health and independence. Hear what CDC and public health officials are doing and what needs to be done.

Americans are Living Longer and in Greater Numbers

The population of older Americans is growing and living longer than ever. As a group, they are living active lives and contributing to the economy. The added years to the lifespans have resulted in a longer middle age—extending the period when workers are at their most productive and creative.

  • 10,000 people a day are turning 65
  • 80 percent of people age 50 and older plan to work past 65
  • People over 50 in the United States contribute $7.6 trillion to the economy annually

Aging Brings Challenges

Aging brings an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and dementia. For example, Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, is the fifth leading cause of death among older Americans. Older adults also face more challenges with everyday living activities.

  • 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition
  • 1 in 3 older adults have limitations in activities such as preparing meals and housekeeping

The Challenges of Caregiving and Caregivers

Birth rates are declining, posing a potential shortfall of caregivers, and that trend will continue. Caregivers themselves are at risk for health problems. Trends show they will be working longer hours and caring for people with more than one chronic disease.

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



PBS Documentary – Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts airs on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 9:00 p.m. CENTRAL time.

Dementia Friendly America and Dementia Friends USA is partnering with PBS as they launch a documentary called Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts.

The 60-minute documentary airs on Wednesday, January 25th at 9:00 p.m. Central Time. Viewers will be guided to a website that provides them with links that enable them to become a Dementia Friend or start a dementia friendly community, among other things.

Watch clips of the documentary here.

Follow social media conversations at #EveryMinuteCountsPBS

Engagement, promotion & social media tools can be found at

New Tools for Financial Caregivers in Illinois

Upcoming webinar: Tools for Financial Caregivers in Illinois
January 12, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time

Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. These financial caregivers may be agents under a power of attorney, guardians of property or other fiduciaries.

To help financial caregivers in Illinois, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans has created easy-to-understand Managing Someone Else’s Money guides with information and resources specific to Illinois.

Join a free webinar on January 12 to learn more about these guides and how you can help people acting as financial fiduciaries for older adults and adults with disabilities. Speakers include:

• Honorable Patricia Banks, Presiding Judge, Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division, Circuit Court of Cook County
• Jonathan Lavin, President and CEO, AgeOptions
• Wendy Cappelletto, Supervising Attorney, Cook County Public Guardian
• Naomi Karp, Senior Policy Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office for Older Americans

To register for this event:
1. Go to:
2. Enter the conference number and passcode.
3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.

• To join the webinar, please click on the following link at the time of the webinar: (No RSVP required)

• If that link does not work, you can also access the webinar by clicking and enter the following information:
o Conference number: 2339963
o Audience passcode: 144022

o Toll Free Number: 1-888-795-5920
o Passcode: 5082358

WebEx Required Download:
To use WebEx for your operator-assisted conferences, presenters and participants alike must have the WebEx Event Manager installed prior to joining. To download the Event Manager, see the instructions on the WebEx Downloads page.

If you have any questions or need any additional information please contact Tami Sieckman at or 202-435-7121.

Geriatric Services Capacity Assessment Tool

The Geriatric Services Capacity Assessment was developed to help health plans and health systems, including community providers, hospitals, and other health care delivery organizations, evaluate their current ability to meet the needs of geriatric adults and to identify strategic opportunities for improvement. Geriatric-competent care focuses on providing care and support for maximum function as well as preventing or eliminating barriers to integrated, accessible care.

Laugh Lines: Storytelling Event & Workshop

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) launched the What is Brain Health? campaign in 2015 to introduce the concept of brain health as a key component of overall health and to normalize it as a topic for discussion.

Laugh Lines: Storytelling Event & Workshop

To bring this national campaign to life on the local level, HHS ACL is bringing Laugh Lines: A Storytelling Event about the Experience of Getting Older to Chicago on June 25th from 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. It will bring together the Windy City’s active population of older adults to entertain them in an afternoon of humorous and authentic stories about growing older and inform them about actions they can take to help maintain their brain health and age well.

The Laugh Lines event will be held at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL), hosted by a local celebrity emcee, and kicked off by award-winning professional storyteller Olga Loya. The main portion of the event will be a friendly competition among six older adult storytellers (ideally age 60+) who will share their personal narratives with an audience of their peers (approximately 150-175 people). A panel of judges, comprised of local leaders in the brain health and aging space, will determine the winner.

HHS ACL will also host Laugh Lines: A Storytelling Workshop for Older Adults on June 11th at 12:00 p.m. This four- hour workshop—led by Olga Loya and held at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at the Center on Halsted—will introduce older adults (approximately 20 people) to the idea of storytelling and help them cultivate their own stories. As the primary means for HHS ACL to identify the six storytellers for the main Laugh Lines event, the workshop is an important part of our event series.

How You Can Be a Laugh Lines Event Partner

The Laugh Lines event offers a truly unique opportunity to engage and educate older adults in Chicago, and provides organizations the opportunity to make these adults aware of the great work in the area.

Event Partners will:

  •   Promote the free storytelling workshop via organization channels, social media, or local newsletters to encourage interested members to participate (if selected at the workshop—they are eligible to represent the event partner organization as a storytelling contestant in the main event);
  •   Promote the main event among members and via organization channels, event calendars, social media or local newsletters; and
  •   Connect HHS ACL event organizers with your local media contacts to promote the event. In exchange, event partners will be provided the following:
  •   An opportunity to include collateral materials in take-home bags for each audience   member;
  •   Admission to the partner organization meet-and-greet prior to the event;
  •   Placement of the organization’s logo in the event program; and
  •   Emcee acknowledgement of the organization during the event.

For more information go to or follow us on Facebook at ACLBrainHealth and Twitter @ACLbrainhealth

2016 Alzheimer’s Association Research Symposium

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois

The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter invites you to join us for the 2016 Annual Research Symposium. This full-day Symposium will focus on Alzheimer research, the leading role played by the Alzheimer’s Association in dementia-related research, and the importance of participation in clinical studies. World-class researchers will discuss local, national, and global research with a special focus on research supported by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Registration opens June 1. For more information, go to