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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.

2016 Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Survey

260,000. That’s the number of Illinois residents who will be living with Alzheimer’s by 2025. Share your views on Alzheimer’s programs and services from the State of Illinois. The statistics surrounding Alzheimer’s are too immense to sit quietly by.

By participating in the 2016 Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Survey you will provide greater understanding about the challenges faced by those living with dementia, their caregivers, and loved ones, as well as helping to shape state policies addressing the critical needs of those impacted.
The importance of your input cannot be underestimated.

Click HERE to complete the survey today!

SIU School of Medicine Holds Community Education Program on Healthy Brain Aging

The Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at SIU School of Medicine held a community education program in Springfield on Healthy Brain Aging on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 attended by over 70 individuals. Ron Zec, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Associate Professor Emeritus, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL. Dr. Zec talked about reducing risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and took questions from the audience along with Tom Ala, MD, Interim Director, Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and Associate Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience Institute, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL.

If you are interested in downloading a free copy of Dr. Zec’s handouts, go to the SIU Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders webpage at .

Dementia Capable Training Webinar Available

The Illinois Department on Aging and the Illinois Council of Care Coordination Units has developed a dementia capable training webinar for the aging network. The training is targeted to care coordinators, adult protective service workers, in-home service workers, aging and disability resource center staff, managed care organization staff and supportive living facility staff.  The information presented in the webinar may also be of value to family members who are caring for persons with dementia.

The webinar features experts from Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Southern Illinois School of Medicine, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Experts discuss various types of dementia, symptoms and treatments, communication skills, and how to best support persons with dementia and their caregivers. Practical tips on how to implement the knowledge and skills featured in the training are provided by representatives of various statewide associations across a continuum of settings.

The webcast can be viewed at the Illinois Department on Aging website Dementia Capable Training Webinar.

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


Dementia and Abuse

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is important to know that people with dementia are at increased risk for abuse and there is support available to help safeguard against abuse, through Area Agencies on Aging, the Alzheimer’s Association and other ICRN partners. if you suspect abuse of an adult over 60 or an adult 18-59 with a disability (such as dementia), report it to the Illinois Department on Aging at 1-866-800-1409.

For some important facts about dementia and elder abuse, click here.

CATCH-ON Online Modules


The Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health – Older adult Network (CATCH-ON) is a HRSA funded program in the State of Illinois.  Its overarching mission of the CATCH-ON is to unify state-wide academic, health, and community organizations and resources to prepare a geriatric collaborative practice-ready health workforce optimizing health while, serving and improving patient-centered health and wellness outcomes.  CATCH-ON is developing training and education modules for older persons, their family members, and their health professionals.  For more information about CATCH-ON, please visit its website at

State of Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease Plan 2014-2017

Are you interested in learning about the current recommendations made to the legislature in order to make Illinois a better “dementia-capable” state?

The Alzheimer’s Disease Illinois State Plan 2014-2017 Report and Recommendations was developed by stakeholders and the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2014.

The report acts as a great guidepost for the current programs in the State of Illinois to support persons living with or at risk for dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders.

Anyone interested in advocating for better services for persons living with or at risk for dementia in Illinois definitely should read this report.






2015 Caregiver Symposium October 15, 2015 Rockford, Illinois

Professional Solutions and Family Support

A unique conference offering valuable tools and resources to support the professional and lay caregiver.

A fast paced and interactive agenda designed for participants to gain the most current information on:

  • Empowering your health care
  • Compassionate care essentials
  • Elder abuse and self-neglect
  • Brain health and aging
  • Best self-care approaches

Where:  Wesley Willows Town Center, 4142 Johns Farm Road, Rockford, IL

When:  Thursday, October 15, 2015  8:00am to 4:30pm

More information:  Registration fee is $119 (includes lunch, refreshments, networking, exhibits and seven (7) Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Register at: