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.

  • Reduce the stigma of dementia through community education events
  • Improve the quality of life for people living with dementia
  • Offer Dementia Readiness Training to first responders and others serving the public
  • Support caregivers and individuals with dementia through Bacoa’s memory programs
  • Provide Return Home medical ID alert bracelets for individuals with dementia
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Reduce the stigma of dementia and help Bacoa provide dementia-friendly resources today!

New Training

Bacoa’s Dementia Live training helps participants develop a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia.

Dementia Live® is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change. Participation is open to the greater Barrington area community members, companies and organizations.

Call Bacoa for local monthly training dates and details. 847-381-5030


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.

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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.

Dementia Friendly Barrington Area is funded by the Barrington Area Community Foundation.

Why Dementia Friendly?

  • Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving, and other thinking abilities to the extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities may change.
  • Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It often starts ten or more years before symptoms appear. After the age of 65, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years.
  • Dementia knows no social, economic, or ethnic boundaries.
  • Many resources are available for people with dementia and their caregivers in the Barrington area.

Dementia Friends USA is part of a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.

Dementia Friends USA is part of a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.

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.