Concordia University Chicago to host forum on Dementia Friendly America

Dementia Friendly America
September 7, 2018
8 a.m. to Noon
Koeheke Community Center - OPRF Room

The Center for Gerontology at Concordia-Chicago will host “Dementia Friendly America: A Forum on Making River Forest a Dementia-Friendly Community.” The event will take place on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Oak Park/River Forest Room on the Concordia University Chicago campus in River Forest.

What is Dementia Friendly America (DFA)? DFA is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in community and engage and thrive in day to day living. Dementia Friendly Illinois is about working with persons with dementia and their support systems. All too often, persons living with or at risk for dementia feel alone and unheard. They feel left out from the activities in their community that promote well-being. Dementia Friendly Illinois is about reversing the narrative. Communities, big and small, can see the value in making their communities more dementia friendly. Dementia Friendly Illinois is about improving the journey of persons with dementia and their support systems. This forum is to engage in a community-wide conversation about making River Forest, IL a Dementia Friendly Community.

The event is open to the public and breakfast will be provided.

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Introductions and Overview of Dementia Friendly America, Dementia Friendly Illinois and Dementia Friendly River Forest

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Panel of Experts to discuss: What is needed in our community so that we can better support individuals with dementia and their care partners?

  • Dr. Raj Shah, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center
  • Helen Kwan, MSW – Health Care and Government Relations Consultant 
  • Catherine Adduci – President of River Forest Village

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: “Lived Experience” Panel

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Work groups

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Creating a community agenda/next steps/action plan: How best can we ensure we have the active role of persons with dementia and their care partners involved in planning?

Note: registration is closed for this event.

Read press coverage in Chicago Tribune/Forest Leaves.

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