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Community Assistance


Nursing Home ASSIST

Formed in 1991, this network strives to share information on dementia care for a variety of staff members working in nursing homes. Over 60 to 80 staff members usually attend these meetings, which are led by a steering committee chaired by Susan Frick, social worker at Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. Past meeting topics have included: communications strategies, activities, nutrition and mealtime issues, working with families and helping the anxious resident. For more information, call (312) 942-5359.

Retirement Home ASSIST

Residential Home ASSIST expands the network concept to staff working in residential centers and assisted living facilities. Administrators, marketing directors, admission coordinators, activity directors, nurses and other staff participate in this network.

Meeting topics have included:

  • Helping and supporting families when someone has dementia
  • Explanation of different forms of dementia
  • Connections of mind, body and spirit for seniors
  • Discussion of resources that are available for seniors
  • Elder abuse
  • Early-stage Alzheimer’s disease
  • Moving residents through the different levels of care

Senior Housing ASSIST

Senior Housing ASSIST was formed in 2000 to respond to the fact that many more people are living with dementia in senior independent living facilities. Building managers, administrators and social service coordinators are invited to participate. Staffs of social service agencies are also invited to participate in this network.

For more information, please contact Karen Lowe Graham, manager of education and recruitment outreach at (312) 942-6118 or


PETsCan is a community-based program of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. It is designed to help pet owners with physical limitations, financial limitations and lack of transportation keep and care for their dogs and cats.

Research is finding that pet ownership may lead to physical and mental well-being. Pet ownership may provide a sense of belonging and a sense of meaningful existence. Community participation is vital to the mission of the RADC. PETsCan’s approach allows us to achieve our goal of improving the well-being of individuals in the communities we serve