“Inspiring hope and confidence for this difficult journey…”
Individuals and families experiencing concerns about brain health or reacting to a diagnosis can be overwhelmed by questions, decisions, and new emotions. At the Village Chicago we refuse to let a diagnosis of memory loss and the perceptions that often surround it get in the way of a rewarding life. We say, lift your head up from the statistics; focus on the present to observe and seize life’s beautiful moments and enjoy life one day at a time.
To build our Brain Health & Memory Loss program we sought out and researched best-practice resources and have formed partnerships with a superb and growing network of health, social, and community care providers. We bring imaginations and memories to life through music, art and companion activities, utilizing each care partner’s ability to grow and engage.
The Village is a unique source of connection and optimism. Our Care Partner Support Groups help family members maintain the emotional equilibrium and strength they need. The success of our Brain health & Memory Loss program demonstrates that through outreach, education and engagement, life with memory loss can be happier, more exuberant, more compassionate, and more secure.
The Village conducts more than 70 special programs a year relating to brain health and memory loss. Working with local and national experts, the Village is implementing brain health initiatives that may significantly delay the onset of dementia and related conditions, as well as improving overall health. In addition we offer individualized support to help individuals, spouses and care partners navigate the transitions of care.
Illinois has consistently ranked among the top five states for prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease, according to Medicare data. The Village Chicago is addressing this growing problem by developing new programs for individuals and care partners.
Brain Health Advisory Board
Dr. Angela Roberts, MD | Assistant Professor, Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Cheryl Woodson, MD | Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Author and Entrepreneur
Rebecca Engstrom, MSN, FNP | Nurse Practitioner
Debra D. Feldman, MSW, LCSW CMC | President of Debra D. Feldman & Associates, Ltd., Aging Life Care Professional®
Ruth Ann Watkins | Chair of RRF Foundation for Aging
Laurel Baer | Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Village Chicago
Bruce Hunt | Member of The Village Chicago
Niki Fox, MSW | Director of Health, Wellness, & Member Services, The Village Chicago
Jen Hurd | Project Manager, Brain Health & Memory Loss, The Village Chicago
Mary Ann Smith | Consultant and Lecturer on Community Development; Former Alderman of Chicago’s 48th Ward
For more information, contact Brain Health & Memory Loss Program Manager Jen A. Hurd firstname.lastname@example.org