Dementia Friendly Westmont
In March of 2020, the Village of Westmont became the first official Dementia Friendly Community in DuPage County. The status confirms that Westmont has taken specific steps to train staff and provide resources so that we can better serve and accommodate people with dementia and their caregivers. Village of Westmont departments, including Police and Fire, along with the Westmont Library, Park District, the Westmont Chamber of Commerce, and other public agencies all participated in the process and completed dementia awareness training. To assist residents, Dementia Friendly Westmont has developed a dementia friendly resource brochure that features contact information for local resources. The brochure is available at various locations throughout the community and online. For more information, please contact us via our Dementia Friendly Westmont email.
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 Dementia Friendly America means a community is engaging in a process to become more dementia friendly. Dementia Friendly America is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. For more information regarding DFA, please visit the Dementia Friendly America website.
Dementia Friendly Westmont Mission
Dementia Friendly Westmont seeks to raise awareness, reduce stigma, provide resources, and increase support for those living with dementia through education and coordination of resources. Westmont is a western Chicago suburb consisting of caring people who live in the community and/or work in businesses, healthcare, government, park district, the library, or as first responders. They are volunteers in Village events, service organizations and members faith communities. Dementia Friendly Westmont brings all these groups together with the common goal of creating supportive spaces for those with dementia.
Westmont Library Provides Dementia Friendly Programming
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Library Programming has been restricted at this time. The Westmont Library has been very active in responding to the needs and concerns of people and families dealing with dementia. The Library has developed an on-going series of programs that highlight dementia-themed topics. The Library has also created a Memory Cafe, which is a safe and comfortable space in which people with dementia and their caregivers can meet and socialize. For more information, visit the Westmont Public Library website.