Dementia Friendly Westmont

Dementia Friendly WestmontThe Village of 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. This initiative began in the fall of 2019 when the Westmont Village Board approved a proclamation in support of creating a dementia-friendly community.

Village of Westmont departments 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. Westmont Police and Fire personnel participated in specialized training for first responders.

Susan Frick with Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Mary Ferguson of Aspired Living in Westmont attended the March 19, 2020 Village Board meeting to officially announce Westmont as a Dementia-Friendly Community and recap the process in achieving this status. Westmont was the first community in DuPage County to receive this recognition.  The Village of Westmont thanks Susan and Mary for their dedication and expertise in guiding us through this process.

Westmont Library Provides Dementia-Friendly Programming

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.

Westmont Dementia-Friendly Resource Guide

Working with various agencies, the Westmont Public Library 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 available online.

For more information regarding dementia, please visit the Dementia Friendly America website.