The Naperville Senior Task Force is the driving force for the Dementia Friendly Naperville Initiative. The Initiative has developed a large partnership with stakeholders from a variety of sectors. They include:

  • Local government – Naperville city Council, Naperville Senior Task Force and Naperville Township
  • Library – Naperville Public Library
  • Recreation – Naperville Park District and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
  • Business – Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • First Responders – Naperville Police Department, Naperville Fire Department, Naperville Park District Police Department
  • Assisted living and memory care facilities
  • Caregiver support providers
  • Social service agencies – AgeGuide and Metropolitan Family Services
  • Health care – Edward Hospital, Linden Oaks Behavioral Health
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Transportation providers
  • Adult day program providers

To date the Dementia Friendly Naperville accomplishments, include the following:

  • Training for first responders, in-home service providers, and caregivers
  • Community awareness on efforts to faith communities and through local media
  • Online programs provided for both the person with dementia and for their caregivers
  • Free face masks, gloves and sanitizer distributed
  • Expanded program for home delivered meals
  • Developed volunteer network to help with technology for seniors
  • Began work on Dementia Friendly Naperville Resource Packet

Over the next 18 months the Dementia Friendly Naperville Initiative has created the following goals:

  • Continue training for first responders, hospital, library and park district staff
  • Continue online support for people with dementia and caregivers
  • Develop business training
  • Develop a “Pocket Pal” brochure of Dementia Friendly Naperville Resources
  • Develop a social media campaign
  • Offer in-person events at the library, and park district

The Dementia Friendly Naperville website.

For Information contact, email

Jennifer Brasfield
Executive Director
River Walk Adult Care

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