Dementia, Faith and Community Support
Sep 15, 2016 08:51PM
By Ron Searl
On Sunday, September 18, 2016 St. Peters United Church of Christ (UCC) of Elmhurst, Illinois is hosting a community meeting at 6:30pm to discuss dementia and faith. As our population is aging the number of Alzheimer’s and Dementia cases is growing. While great advances have been made in diagnosing and treating the Alzheimer’s and Dementia there is no cure. Therefore there is a great need to increase community support to help with these diseases.
The purpose of the meeting is discuss a new initiative called Dementia Friendly America (http://www.dfamerica.org). Dementia Friendly America is an initiative intending to raise awareness and create national community change to provide more effective support for those living with dementia and their family, friends and caregivers. St. Peters UCC hopes that the September meeting will begin a local dialog to develop a faith-based Alzheimer’s support initiative throughout Elmhurst.
St. Peter’s has been a leader in the development of support community for Alzheimer’s and dementia care by hosting “Without Warning” a younger onset Alzheimer’s disease support group associated with RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center. “Without Warning” has been meeting at St. Peters for almost 13 years. During this time the support group has grown as “Without Warning” has gained a national, regional and local reputation of providing community and support for people with Alzheimers and their families.
St Peter’s has always been a community which puts its faith into action. Join us as we work against homelessness in our neighborhood and beyond. St. Peter’s United Church of Christ located at 125 W. Church Street, Elmhurst, IL. Learn more about the church and how St. Peter’s changes lives at www.stpeterselmhurst.org or by calling 630-530-6000.
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ has a long-standing close affiliation with Elmhurst College. Many of the same people that created Elmhurst College helped organize St. Peter’s. The organizers of St. Peter’s first met May 21, 1876, making it the oldest Protestant congregation in Elmhurst.