Dementia Friendly Elgin

Dementia Friendly Elgin

Are you a caregiver? Do you need help?

What does it mean to be Dementia Friendly?

Elgin’s Dementia Friendly Movement

Communities from coast to coast are joining the Dementia Friendly America movement. Dementia Friendly America strives to create communities where all people can live, age and thrive.

Dementia Friendly Elgin Friends

We formed this committee for YOU. We have provided resources for you and your family members. We are not a medical association. We encourage you or your loved one to visit a medical professional, and obtain a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Our Mission

As a dementia friendly community, we are dedicated to strengthening and supporting those with cognitive changes and their care partners by raising awareness, reducing societal stigma, providing education, and communicating best practices.

Our Vision

We strive to improve the lives, welfare, and dignity for those with cognitive changes, while maintaining the greatest level of compassion, expertise, and integrity.

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Become a Dementia Friend

Family Resources

Loneliness & Alzheimers - Watch this Ted Talk Video ~ don't drift by people with dementia.  Click Here:  Watch Video

Programs for Caregivers

Programs for those living with Dementia

Programs for Spanish Speakers

Business Trainings Events and Photos

  • How can your business or organization become certified as Dementia Friendly?
  • Dementia Awareness Training Flyer
  • Businesses that have completed training:
    • Gail Borden Public Library District
    • KCT Bank
    • South Elgin Village Hall
    • Elgin Senior Services Associates, Inc.
    • City of Elgin Code Inspectors / 311 Advocates / Public Health Inspectors
    • Elgin Fire Department
    • Elgin Police Department
    • Elgin Police Department Explorers
    • Edward Jones - Office of Ray Ercoli
    • Edward Jones - Office of Brittany Starke
    • Oak Crest Assisted Living
    • Victory Centre
    • Tyler Towers
    • Healthcare Plus - Elgin
    • Elgin Township Supervisor staff, Road District Staff & Assessor's Office Staff
    • Red Hat Society

Other Information and Resources

Local Partners

Elgin's Story

On July 5, 2019, Elgin became the 5th city in Illinois to earn the Dementia Friendly designation from Dementia Friendly America. We held ribbon cuttings celebrating the Elgin Memory Café and Café de los Recuerdos. We provided 355 library programs in 365 days serving senior living communities, developmental communities and individuals living at home with care partners. We also created a Resource Guide for YOU that reaches our community through first responders, healthcare providers, the Gail Borden Public Library and Elgin Senior Services Associates, Inc.

We are here for you, even during the pandemic. 

June 2019 Alzheimers Awareness Month Proclamation

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President:  Glenna Godinsky, Gail Borden Public Library

Vice President:  Cherie Aschenbrenner, City of Elgin

Treasurer:  Angela Bouque, Gail Borden Public Library

Secretary:  Susan Wesner, Northwestern University

BOARD MEMBERS: Adele Larsen, Senior Services Associates and Bernee Gredzieleski, Heritage Woods of South Elgin/White Oaks of South Elgin, Dena Fischer, Presto Real Estate.

Dementia Friendly Elgin Advisory Council

Glenna Godinsky, Gail Borden Library - - 847-289-5848

Angela Bouque, Gail borden Library - - 847-931-2093

Cherie Aschenbrenner, City of Elgin - - 847-289-2626

Dr. Susan Wesner, Elgin Resident -

Lt. Matt Kenneally, Elgin Fire Dept. -

Bernee Gredzieleski, Heritage Woods of South Elgin -

Jerry Cowsert, Elgin Resident -

Amanda Pratt - Tower Hill Healthcare -

Adele Larsen - Director of Marketing, Senior Services Assoc. -

Dena Fischer - Presto Real Estate Services -

Rocio Robledo - Recruiter for Healthcare Plus -

James Risner - Director of Sales & Marketing  at The Sheridan by Tyler Creek -

Det. Krysta Kaus - Kane County Sheriff's Office -

George Wolff - Physical Therapist -Elgn Resident -

Debbie Miller, LCSW, Senior Service Associates -

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