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Introducing Dementia Friends Illinois Champion — Tessa McEwen, AM, LSW

Dementia Friends Illinois Champions are individuals who have gone through training to provide in-person one-hour conferences to engage diverse audiences to become Dementia Friends.  Below is an introduction to Tessa Garcia McEwen, AM, LSW, who works at The Memory Center as part of the University of Chicago Medicine Quality of Life & Family Support Services.Continue reading “Introducing Dementia Friends Illinois Champion — Tessa McEwen, AM, LSW”

Arts Camp for Brain Health

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations are joining together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuro-motor function, and those who care for them.  Attached and below is information about upcoming Arts Camp for Brain Health programs at various locations acrossContinue reading “Arts Camp for Brain Health”

Too Soon to Forget Documentary Airs on American Public Television

Posted for Susan Frick, MSW: For many years, the Without Warning support group of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center has been creating a documentary on the experience of younger onset Alzheimer’s disease, called Too Soon To Forget. Selected by American Public Television, the documentary aired on Public Television for the first time on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The messageContinue reading “Too Soon to Forget Documentary Airs on American Public Television”

Dementia Friends Illinois Road Trips to Wisconsin

Dementia Friends is a global movement which encourages individuals to consider how they can support people in their communities who are living with dementia. Minnesota has been a leader in the Friends program, being the first state to have a Dementia Friends program in the United States. ICRN brought the initiative to Illinois about aContinue reading “Dementia Friends Illinois Road Trips to Wisconsin”

Become a Dementia Champion

Dementia Friends ( has come to Illinois and you can help. This grassroots initiative encourages anyone to learn about dementia and how they can help in the lives of people with dementia. A person becomes a Dementia Friend by either signing up online or by attending a presentation. Champions attend an online meeting where theyContinue reading “Become a Dementia Champion”

Mobility for People with Alzheimer’s

Why is mobility important to people with Alzheimer’s and their care partners? Driving demands quick reaction time and fast decision making. As a result, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually become unable to drive. Because most adults have relied on driving all their lives, losing that ability can be so disruptive that it jeopardizesContinue reading “Mobility for People with Alzheimer’s”

NIA’s Alzheimer’s Caring Guide in Spanish

Looking for Alzheimer’s caregiving information in Spanish? Check out Cómo cuidar a una persona con la enfermedad de Alzheimer: Una guía fácil de usar del Instituto Nacional Sobre el Envejecimiento. This new book from the National Institute on Aging (part of the National Institutes on Health) has helpful tips on topics including: changes in behavior;Continue reading “NIA’s Alzheimer’s Caring Guide in Spanish”

How Alzheimer’s affects the brain

In Alzheimer’s disease, changes to the brain likely start a decade or more before memory and other cognitive problems appear. This new video developed by the National Institute on Aging shows what we’ve learned about the brain in Alzheimer’s, and where research on treating or curing the disease is headed. Learn more about what happens toContinue reading “How Alzheimer’s affects the brain”