Many older adults grew up in faith-based households. Even if they have dementia, they continue to find inspiration in religious services and pastoral visits. Their family members often find comfort in these activities as well.
Unfortunately, some people with dementia stop attending regular services because of communication concerns. Sometimes their family members stop attending as well because they are afraid that their loved one will behave inappropriately. They may be afraid to ask for help from their pastor or other faith community members. As a result, both the person with dementia and the primary caregiver may become isolated, lonely, and depressed.
Recognizing these facts, faith communities around the world are providing increased support for families living with dementia (Act on Alzheimer's; FaithAction).
CareSmart* has been working with local faith communities in northeast Lake County to help increase community support for families living with dementia. The project has three major goals:
We would like to invite all of you to participate in the Caring with Faith project in any way that would be beneficial:
All programs are free of charge within the project area of Waukegan, Zion, and North Chicago through the end of 2017.
*This program is supported by generous funding from the Lake County Community Foundation with additional support from Autumn Leaves Gurnee & Autumn Leaves Vernon Hills, BrightStar Care Gurnee, IKOR Case Management Northbrook, Right at Home Northbrook, and in-kind donations from participating faith communities and local organizations.