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Dementia Friendly Evanston

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Mission StatementDFE logo

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

Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a welcoming and barrier free community for individuals with dementia and their care partners through collaboration, compassion, support and stigma reduction.

Dementia Friendly Evanston (DFE) falls under the purview of the Community and Health Services sub-committee of Age-Friendly Evanston task force. Age-Friendly Evanston’s mandate is to make recommendations regarding the creation and implementation of a city-wide action plan based on the objectives of World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age Friendly Communities Program. This program is an international effort to help prepare for a global demographic trend: the rapid aging of populations.

Our Dementia Friendly Evanston resources page contains documents of interest for persons and care partners of people with Alzheimer’s disease as well as information on support groups, quality of life and research programs. This page is updated as new information comes to us.

Dementia Friendly Evanston is listed by Dementia Friendly Illinois as a community in Illinois engaging in the Dementia Friendly America movement.

There are four phases for Dementia Friendly Community Planning and Implementation outlined by Dementia Friendly Illinois.

  1.  Convene key community leaders and members to understand dementia and its implications for your community. Then, form an Action Team.
  2.  Engage key leaders to assess current strengths and gaps in your community using a comprehensive engagement tool.
  3.  Analyze your community needs and determine the issues stakeholders are motivated to act on; then set community goals.
  4.  Act together to establish implementation plans for your goals and identify ways to measure progress.

Dementia Friendly Evanston Committee


  • Jeanie Ramsey - Vice Chair, Commission on Aging


  • Rebecca Cacayuran - Evanston Community Foundation, Program Officer

  • Susan Cherco - Chair, Age-Friendly Evanston

  • Melissa Gelfand - Director of Adult Day Services and Transportation, CJE

  • Carolyn Lickerman - Community + Health Services;  Housing Committee, Age-Friendly Evanston: 

  • Bonnie Lockhart, RN - Commission on Aging, The Mather

  • Paula Cleave - Executive Director, WiseUp - Aging with Attitude

  • Mary McCulloch - Member Services Coordinator, WiseUp - Aging with Attitude

  • Irene Pierce, RN - Chair, Community & Health Services Committee, Age-Friendly Evanston

  • Angela Roberts, PhD - Assistant Professor, Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

  • Rita Sheinin, LCSW

  • Barbara Sittler, LCSW, M.Div.

  • Alan Factor, Ph.D. - Chair, Commission on Aging

  • Audrey L. Thompson, MSW - Community Services Manager, City of Evanston

  • Jane Wickenkamp, LCSW - Housing Committee, Age-Friendly Evanston

  • Adrienne B. Allen, M.B.A. - Community member

Dementia Friendly Evanston meetings are typically held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am in room G300 at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center located at 2100 Ridge Ave. For more information about Dementia Friendly Evanston, please contact the City of Evanston's Senior Services office at 847-448-8696.

We have put together a collection of links to places where you can to go find more information, to become a Dementia Friend, or to participate in a research study and help the medical profession learn more about dementia. 

For general information about Alzheimer’s and associated diseases please contact the Alzheimer’s Association.