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Posted on: November 22, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Dementia Friendly Westmont Renews Proclamation & Schedules Winter Programs

Westmont, Illinois – Date Issued: November 22, 2023

Winter Dementia Friendly

At a recent board meeting, the Village of Westmont approved a Dementia Friendly Awareness Proclamation. Mary Ferguson from the Birches Assisted Living Center and Susan Frick from Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center were thanked by Mayor Ron Gunter for their leadership and continuing work with the Dementia Friendly Westmont initiative.  Dementia Friendly Westmont is a program that raises awareness and provides informational resources for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Some of the themes captured in the Dementia Friendly Awareness Day Proclamation include:

  • More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia
  • 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias
  • Dementia kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined
  • This degenerative brain disorder can strike adults of any age 
  • In 2023, dementia will cost the nation $345 billion, rising to $850 billion by 2050 
  • The Westmont Dementia Friendly Advisory Committee encourages the Village, residents, and business/services of Westmont to break the stigma and fear of exclusion attached to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
  • Through education and awareness, our Dementia Friendly Advisory Committee continues to build Westmont into a Dementia Friendly Community that supports those living with dementia and their care partners

Dementia Friendly Westmont Programs At The Library
As an official Dementia-Friendly community, the Village of Westmont, along with the Westmont Public Library and other public agencies, continues to provide education and awareness opportunities to engage the public regarding this challenging issue.

These programs are designed for persons with dementia, their caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about this topic. Following is information on upcoming presentations:

HANDLING THE HOLIDAYS - Tips to Enjoy the Season
Wednesday, December 6, 1-2:30p

Caring for a person with memory loss can present unique challenges during the holiday season. Learn ways to help ensure you and your loved ones can safely enjoy this time of year. Presented by Patti Terkovich from Birches Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Mondays 1-2p: December 18, January 15, February 19

Join us for a social gathering of individuals living with dementia and their care partners. We offer a place where both care partner and care recipient can socialize and connect with others in a similar situation. Activities at the memory cafe are free.

Wednesday, January 10, 1-2:30p

This Academy Award Feature Documentary Nominee chronicles the various stages of a mother’s Alzheimer’s disease and the evolution of a daughter’s response to the illness. A short discussion will take place after the movie. Presented by Patti Terkovich and Mary Ferguson from Birches Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Wednesday, February 7, 1-2:30p

Join us for this open forum to ask questions and discuss concerns you have about memory loss disease and how to handle the journey. Presented by Patti Terkovich and Mary Ferguson from Birches Assisted Living & Memory Care.

For more information, please visit our Dementia Friendly Westmont webpage on the village website -


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