Current Dementia Friendly Communities

There are currently nineteen communities in Illinois recognized as Dementia Friendly and many more are in the process.

For information on how to become a Dementia Friendly Community visit Dementia Friendly America or contact ICRN for assistance.


The neighborhood of Austin on the west side of Chicago developed their Dementia Friendly Austin Quality of Life Task Force in August of 2019.


Dementia Friendly Elgin is dedicated to strengthening and supporting those with memory impairments and their caregivers by raising awareness, reducing social stigmas, educating and communicating best practices.


Dementia Friendly Evanston’s vision is to create a welcoming and barrier-free community for individuals with dementia and their care partners through compassion, support and stigma reduction.


The Dementia Friendly Glencoe Initiative aims to provide community-wide education on awareness and mindfulness around dementia that will help impacted individuals continue engaging in community life while living independently and enhancing their quality-of-life.


Grayslake began as a Dementia Friendly Community with a Village Proclamation and its efforts includes all of the 8 Domains of Livability per AARP

Highland Park

The City of Highland Park Dementia Friendly Initiative aims to provide community-wide education, awareness and mindfulness around dementia. In addition, this allows individuals impacted by the disease to continue their engagement in community life, independence and adds to their quality-of-life.

Hyde Park

The Dementia Friendly Hyde Park Initiative has developed a large partnership with stakeholders from a variety of sectors.

Kankakee County

In February 2018 the Area Agency on Aging and other community partners, caregivers and people living with dementia developed an Advisory Committee in Kankakee County which has worked tirelessly to engage in the process to join Dementia Friendly America. 


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.

Oak Park

The Dementia Friendly Action Team aims to increase the overall quality of life for all Oak Park residents, both now and in the future, by focusing on providing sustainable person-centered change that allows for continued engagement in the community for those impacted by dementia.

Orland Park

Through initial discussions with representatives from the Orland Fire Protection District, home health, and the local state senator and representative, the Orland Park Task Force was created.


The Oswego Senior Center joined with community partners to develop a regional Dementia Friendly Advisory Council.

River Forest

The essence of Dementia Friendly River Forest is to support people with dementia to be involved in activities and social opportunities that provide meaning and purpose in their lives for as long as possible.

South Loop

Dementia Friendly South Loop, a designated Dementia Friendly Neighborhood by Dementia Friendly America is committed to raising community awareness and understanding of this challenging disease.


Dementia Friendly Springfield, IL seeks to raise awareness, reduce stigma, provide resources, and increase support for those living with dementia in our community through education, outreach and the coordination of resources/services.

West Deerfield Township

The West Deerfield Township Dementia Friendly Initiative includes about a dozen entities, which represent both public and private sectors.


Dementia Friendly Westmont seeks to reduce stigma and increase support for those living with dementia by through education and coordination of resources.