Dementia Friends Illinois Goals

ICRN aims to support the development of at least one Dementia Friends Champion in each of the 13 Planning Service Area in Illinois, and eventually to expand so that multiple Dementia Friends Champions are in each county in Illinois. In large, urban areas of the Illinois, having Dementia Friends Champions for each community/neighborhood will be developed. 

The goal is to develop a stable network of Dementia Friends Champions who can facilitate constant training of residents interested in being Dementia Friends.

Map of Illinois

Dementia Champions Across the State

Service Area 2

Susan Frick, MSW, LSW

Where you work: Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
What Dementia Friendly Community are you a part of : Dementia Friends and Friendly State Lead, Dementia Friendly WestmontTown and County
Where you are located for giving talks: Greater Chicago area and state-wide
What do you like about Dementia Friends: “Dementia Friends helps to begin a conversation about dementia. Families always report what a lonely experience it is to live with dementia and  I like that this initiative encourages people to consider how they can support someone living with dementia. For me it’s one of the first community awareness programs which looks at quality of life.”
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Emily Mysel, MSW, LCSW

Where you work: Family Service of Glencoe
What Dementia Friendly Community are you a part of: Dementia Friendly Glencoe and West Deerfield Township Dementia FriendlyTown and County
Where you are located for giving talks: Glencoe, IL (Cook) and Deerfield, IL (Lake)
What you like about the Dementia Friends and/or Dementia Friendly programs: “I think it’s vital communities understand how to best support individuals and their families impacted by dementia.  We all want to feel connected to the community we live in and by providing resources, support, education and programming that help to increase quality of life and awareness around the disease helps to provide richness, compassion and inclusivity.  By creating a Dementia Friendly Community, you are showing your community that you value those living with the disease and by becoming a Dementia Friend you are learning best practices, patience and awareness on ways the community can be more attentive, supportive and caring towards this important population.”
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Service Area 13

Karen Lowe Graham, PhD (c)

Where you work: Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
What Dementia Friendly Community are you a part of: Soon to be Dementia Friendly Washington Heights, We are also a sponsor of the South Loop Memory Cafe’
Where are you located for giving talks: Chicagoland/ Cook; virtually: anywhere
What you like about the Dementia Friends and/or Dementia Friendly programs: “As a former AD family caregiver, I found it invaluable to have friends and colleagues who were knowledgeable about the disease and resources to help me.  Dementia Friendly programs help to educate the wider community about AD and some tools to support those in need.”
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