Rush is working toward becoming an Age-Friendly Health System, following a model developed by The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Expanding this program into the community will empower older adults, their families, and the community based organizations that serve them to actively participate in this evidence-based model.
Partnering with the Illinois Cognitive Resources Network, the West Side Health Collaborative and the City of Chicago Well-Being Taskforce, the Center is helping shape Chicago into an age-friendly and dementia-friendly city, and Illinois into an age-friendly state.
By bolstering initiatives to maintain Chicago as an age-friendly community, the Center plays a vital role in improving the ability of Chicagoans of all ages to live healthy, independent lives in their communities. And by supporting efforts to create a Dementia Friendly Illinois, the Center will help engage those who often feel left out of community efforts to promote well-being by improving the day-to-day lives of individuals with dementia and their support systems.