Dementia Friendly Barrington Area
Bacoa’s Dementia Friendly Barrington Area initiative has partnered with local first responders, governments, healthcare organizations, and businesses to reduce the stigma of dementia. Our community will work together to ensure all people living with dementia shine as independent, active, and valued individuals.
Improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.
The Barrington area is an open and caring community where all people, including those living with dementia, feel they are valued and they belong.
OUR WORK IN ACTION
Bacoa offers “Dementia Readiness Training” to organizations who’d like to learn dementia basics and become a certified “Dementia Friend.”
We also provide “Return Home” medical ID alert bracelets to individuals living with Dementia. These bracelets share their name, address, and important medical information, making our community safer for those prone to wander.
Our Local Partners
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Barrington 220 School District
Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Illinois Cognitive Resources Network
Neurosciences Institute Center for Cognitive Disorders
Dementia Friendly Barrington Area is funded by the Barrington Area Community Foundation.
Why Dementia Friendly?
Living in a Dementia Friendly Community
Imagine an older woman at the grocery store. She’s come with her husband to buy milk, but they’ve accidentally been separated. Suddenly, it becomes difficult for her to remember why she’s there or who she came with. She’s lost and scared, looking for a friendly person to help.
For the five million Americans living with dementia and fifteen million caregivers, this scenario is a real possibility in their everyday life.
You see the older woman looking confused as she wanders the aisle. Being a certified “Dementia Friend,” you calmly approach her and ask if she needs assistance. Instead of letting this situation escalate, you’re equipped to provide support and kindness to those living with dementia.
We’re here for you.
Bacoa is your connection to helpful resources. Our team is ready to assist with any aging-related needs. We look forward to connecting with you.