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Connecting Through Communication for Families and Friends of Persons with Dementia

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Members & guests–free. To RSVP, please scroll down. The day before the event, a confirmation email will be sent to all registered attendees that will include details to join via Zoom.

An Aging Brain & Body Event, Presented by The Chicagoland Villages Collaborative

Chicago Hyde Park Village

A diagnosis of dementia shouldn’t mean the diminishment of your relationship with those you love. Learning new ways to communicate can help to deepen your connection and create positive engagement. In this talk with Dr. Angela Roberts, participants will learn:

  • How cognitive changes affect conversation and social communication.
  • The importance of communication as a form of connecting with persons who have cognitive impairment/dementia.
  • Strategies for creating and maintaining connections through engaging activities and effective/meaningful conversations with persons who have dementia.

The focus of the talk is to support family members and community volunteers in supporting persons with dementia through ‘friendly visit’ programs, social engagement and acceptance.

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Dr. Angela Roberts

About Dr. Angela Roberts
Angela Roberts is an assistant professor at Northwestern in the Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders with interests in language and acquired cognitive-communication disorders in adults with neurodegenerative disorders. Her research interests include the neurological and behavioral characterization of language and communication profiles in these populations in addition to the design and evaluation of therapy interventions and caregiver education programs. Roberts’ research has been widely published. Her research program uses a variety of methodologies (e.g., discourse analyses, eye tracking, neuroimaging) to answer research questions informed by a clinical career as a speech-language pathologist, spanning over 20 years in the U.S. and Canada.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Neurology, Lawson Health Research Institutes; Aging, Rehabilitation, and Geriatric Care Research Centre

About the Aging Brain & Body Series
Chicagoland Villages are working together to provide quarterly seminars that educate, bring awareness, and highlight the exceptional work at the leading dementia research centers being done related to brain and body health. The purpose of this series is to provide our community with information, interventions, techniques and tools that support us all at various levels of mental and physical health and wellness. Participating Villages include Chicago Hyde Park Village, South Loop Village, Skyline Village Chicago, and The Village Chicago.


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Thursday, April 15, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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  • For virtual programs, links will be sent to registered attendees via email the day before the event.
  • For in-person programs, The Village Chicago aims to match participating members by request to Village events when other members who are attending the event are able to provide transportation.  When registering, please let the Village office know if you are able to drive or would like a ride to an event.