Support & Quality of Life Programs

The Memory Center provides ongoing support, continuity of care, and quality of life programs throughout the patient care journey

Continuity of Care

Medical Management

Regular follow-up clinic visits with The Memory Center care team to monitor progression of condition, adjust medications as needed 

Ongoing Social Work Support & Resources

Personalized social work support and resources to manage day-to-day life and its necessary transitions over time. Includes communication strategies coaching through memory loss, developing a short- and long-term care plan for patient and care partner(s)/family members, and ways to explore in-home care or community residential living options.

Quality of Life Programs

The Memory Center hosts monthly, seasonal, and annual events to enhance quality of life in the day-to-day experience for patients and caregivers.

Caregiver Support Group

Caregiver Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter provides Support Groups that help families and caregivers cope with the challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia at any stage.

If you have a loved one or a friend with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of Dementia, know that you are not alone and that help is available.

Join us for our next SUPPORT GROUP gathering  |  (These are currently virtual, for COVID safety precautions)

Where:      University of Chicago Hospitals
                   Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore
                   7101 S. Exchange Avenue

When:       First Thursday of the Month

Time:        1:00-2:30 p. m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Andrea Vernon-Cwik, LCSW or Christina Podany, LCSW  (773) 702-4269

"Art Is" Therapeutics Program

The “Art Is…” Program by GoldMind Arts & Aging

This is a hands-on art making program for patients of the Memory Center of The University of Chicago Medicine and their caregivers. This innovative and essential program provides those living within the memory loss community countless benefits and has an enormous impact on quality of life. As the population of older adults rapidly increases and research proves the effects of the arts in patient care, this growing field provides a glimpse into the future of arts and healthcare, as well as the dementia community.

Participant Testimonials

“This program has helped me fall in love with my wife all over again”

“She became much more alive and is so proud of the work she does here”

Student Testimonials

“As a pre-med student interested in neuroscience, I witnessed first-hand how the art seemed to ameliorate their thought process and they way they interacted. This was an awesome experience, and I would love to be more involved”

“This therapeutic model based upon exploring art, provides so much joy for the individuals participating — it opens up avenues for cultivating community, enjoying life and other people’s company, and reflecting on the vibrant memories of their past”

Annual Chicago River Cruise: A Dementia Friendly event


Cruise the Chicago River

The 2nd Annual ‘Memories in the Making’ Event

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Boarding 12:30pm ~ Cruise from 1-3pm | 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.

Please join us on a dementia friendly cruise on the brand new glass-topped Odyssey boat!

Families all over Chicagoland can experience this unique, 2-hour ride with their loved one
diagnosed with memory impairment in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.

Free transportation will be provided from select locations.
(Drop-off at 400 block of Michigan Ave, at The University of Chicago Gleacher Center cul de sac)

Tickets are $25 per pair. This experience is valued at $200.00.
Space is limited to 50 pairs*  RSVP required. 

Cancellation notices would be appreciated 3 days (72 hours) in advance.

  For more information or to RSVP now, contact
Amy Keefner 773.304.6864  | 


Our goal is to make this event as low-cost as possible. We welcome more individuals or organizations to donate in support of this cause. Every donation directly covers the full ticket value and transportation for the families and care partners. For sponsorship and donation information, please contact Tessa McEwen at


Sponsor an individual or family to attend the cruise

All donations directly support the full ticket value and transportation for families, making it possible to attend at a reduced cost.  There is no donation too small to help. Recognition of your sponsorship will be widely visible throughout Chicagoland.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Platinum – $5000+ – $2501 ~ includes company logo and name everywhere we advertise (flyer, social media, day of program), press release mentions as sponsors and 3 minutes of introduction of your company when cruise starts.  You are also able to do any giveaways/promotional items. (Includes 2 company comp tickets.**)
  • Gold – $2500 – $1001 ~ all of the above but no promotional items. (Includes 2 company comp tickets.**)
  • Silver – $1000 – $501 ~ logo and name on everything we advertise. (Includes 1 company comp ticket.**)
  • Bronze – $500 & under ~ name on flyer, social media, program, and poster. (Includes 1 company comp ticket.**)
  • Special Donation – (any amount) given in honor or memory of _____  ~
    Names will be listed or can be named anonymous on the event program* Additional guests beyond the initial $25 pair: $50/ticket
    ** Additional staff rep guests beyond sponsorship comp ticket(s): $100/ticket

Need transportation?

Free transportation will be provided from select locations (City of Chicago and suburbs). Inquire during RSVP call to acquire more information on this service, generously provided by our event sponsors.


This event is wheelchair accessible for entry to the loading dock, boat, and restrooms. The boat is indoors, one-level, & covered with glass ceiling/windows to view the city.

Non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided.


News Coverage from our 1st Chicago River Cruise last year:

SHARE Network Chicago events

The SHARE Network is older adults, caregivers, providers, and aging specialists working together to improve health on Chicago’s South Side.

To name a few, they host:

  • Free Artful Aging events at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Chicago IL
  • Health education seminars at Mather’s More than a Cafe, 33 E 83rd St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
  • United Church of Hyde Park Caregiver Support Group, 1448 E. 53rd St., Chicago IL

Visit SHARE Network Chicago to see their event calendar and more of their latest events!

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