Dementia Friendly Glencoe
Mission & Vision
Providing community-wide education, awareness and mindfulness around dementia with the goal of decreasing stigma and reducing social isolation by creating a more welcoming and inclusive culture and by providing opportunities for support while navigating through the complex journey.
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 America is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
When did DFA begin?
The DFA movement began in September 2015 following the White House Conference on Aging and is based upon Minnesota’s statewide successful initiative, ACT on Alzheimer's. DFA launched in 2015 with pilot communities in Denver, CO; Prince George's County, MD; Santa Clara County, CA; Tempe, AZ; and the state of West Virginia.
What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
A Dementia Friendly Community is a village, town, city or county that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers and provides supportive options that foster quality of life. Joining DFA means a community is engaging in a process to become more dementia friendly.
Become a Dementia Friend!
A Dementia Friend learns about dementia and then turns that understanding into action. Each of us has a role to play in creating dementia friendly communities. There are more than 92,000 Dementia Friends across the United States. Become a Dementia Friend today!
The Village of Glencoe was welcomed to the Dementia Friendly America Network of Communities in July 2019. Learn more about Glencoe's dementia-friendly activities here.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure.
Illinois Cognitive Resources Network
The Illinois Cognitive Resources Network provides additional resources that promote cognitive health and information on dementia and other related diseases.
Dementia Friendly Glencoe Action Team:Members:
- Philip Kiraly (Village Manager, Village of Glencoe)
- Sharon Tanner (Assistant Village Manager, Village of Glencoe)
- Cary Lewandowski (Public Safety Director, Village of Glencoe)
- Matthew Esposito (Lieutenant, Village of Glencoe)
- Fil Marino (Public Safety Officer, Village of Glencoe)
- Tiffany Whalen (Public Safety Officer, Village of Glencoe)
- Kathrine Sweeney (Community Service Officer, Village of Glencoe)
- Amber Bond (Executive Director, Family Service of Glencoe)
- Emily Mysel, LCSW (Senior Program Manager, Family Service of Glencoe)
- Dr. Catherine Wang (Superintendent, District 35)
- Paula Alexander, LCSW (Social Emotional Wellness Specialist, District 35)
- Liz McClain (Head of Adult Services, Glencoe Public Library)
- Grace Hayek (Programs and Engagement Library, Glencoe Public Library)
- Nate Van Allen (Glencoe Park District)
- Maureen Valvassori (Glencoe resident)
Dementia Friendly Glencoe meetings have been changed to every other month on Zoom. For more information about Dementia Friendly Glencoe, please contact Emily Mysel, MSW LCSW, at Family Service of Glencoe at (847) 835-5111.