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Dementia Friendly Evanston Hosts Free Event to Inform Residents About Dementia and Available Resources

Post Date:10/22/2019 11:27 AM

Age-Friendly-EvanstonMembers of the Evanston community are invited to attend "Facing Dementia: Exploring Our Resources," a free event hosted by Dementia Friendly Evanston, an initiative of Age-Friendly Evanston.

Held on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room of the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., this half-day event seeks to inform residents about dementia and provide information on resources available to those who are impacted by the illness. 

Event Speakers

  • Dr. Raj Shah, Associate Professor at Rush Medical College and Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Equity
  • Dr. Angela Roberts, Assistant Professor in the Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University
  • Mayra Ligeza, M.A., Manager of Outreach and Education for the Alzheimer’s Association

The event will conclude with a community forum facilitated by Audrey Thompson, Regional Ombudsman for the City of Evanston, and Jill Skwerski, Engagement Services Manager for the Evanston Public Library.

Additional resources and informational materials will be available from sponsors, including the City of Evanston, the Evanston Public Library, Evanston Community Foundation, Rush Medical College, Northwestern’s Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, please call 847-866-2919 or register online at cityofevanston.org/FacingDementia. Refreshments will be served.

The mission of Dementia Friendly Evanston is to maximize the quality of life, community participation, and independence for Evanstonians living with dementia and their care partners through community-wide education, outreach, collaboration, and advocacy, thereby creating a welcoming and barrier-free community.

For more information on Dementia Friendly Evanston, email dementiafriendlyevanston@gmail.com or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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