On May 17th, 2016 Grayslake Resolution 860 was passed by Mayor Rhett Taylor to commemorate that Grayslake is the first community in IL to be "Dementia Friendly".
The Dementia Friendly Community program is a grass roots effort to train local communities in how to work with people who have dementia. It is important to understand that dementia is actually a symptom of a disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and others.
To create an environment in Lake County Illinois where people who have dementia or have loved ones with dementia can enjoy a better quality of life. We want to help remove a perceived stigma of dementia. Dementia involves memory loss and with that, people act differently which can be confusion to others. The aging population is booming and with it is an increase of dementia. Our goal is to make our communities a more friendly place for people afflicted with dementia.
We want YOU to encourage your place of employment to sign up for FREE training to become a dementia friendly business.
What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
- A place where people with dementia are valued, respected and welcomed.
- Where people with dementia can live as independently as possible.
- Where they can engage in activities that many of us take for granted.
- Where changes in the person will be noticed, understood and accepted with resources available for assistance if needed.
Who is This For?
First Responders, Businesses, Public Officials, General Public and most important, those who have dementia.
Who Does it Benefit?
Our program benefits everyone in your community. Not only does it help families with loved ones who have dementia (and those with dementia), it also helps businesses who are trained to better understand any special needs and how to address them.
- Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in Illinois
- It kills more than breast and prostate cancers combined.
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
- 1 in 9 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease.
- Alzheimer's is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in the US that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- Many people are too embarrassed to take their loved ones affected with dementia out into the community but a dementia friendly community can be welcoming. People with dementia, friends and families will be welcome in a safe and understanding community.
What We've Accomplished So Far
- Grayslake 1st Responders have been trained in April 2016
- Grayslake Area Library staff were trained in December 2016
- Community outreach currently underway for services orientated businesses.
Get the Purple Angel!
- Commit to making your business "Dementia Friendly". Ask questions. Talk about it with others.
- 50% of your employees and managers must be trained.
- Commitment to share training with new hires.
- Agreement to annual on-site follow up visits.
- Reference materials will be provided and business will be advertised on website