About Us

Mission of the I'm Still Here Foundation:

To bring about community transformation for those living with cognitive challenges. With an emphasis on arts and culture, education and public policy, the ISHF advocates for a broader perspective; one in which our shared humanity takes precedence over a clinical diagnosis.

The ISHF has three primary initiatives:

  • It Takes a Village: is a collaboration with art, culture, business and civic organizations, creating a community inclusion program for individuals with dementia, their care partners and family members in towns and cities within the U.S. and Europe. Read more...
  • Research Division: The Foundation collects and analyzes data from each of its programs. Findings are shared at international conferences and published in academic journals, end-of-year summaries, and press releases.  Read more...
  • Public Narrative is the Foundation's emphasis on promoting culture change via education and public policy, thereby reducing the stigma which often accompanies a diagnosis. This stigma has been shaped by our society's public narrative (collective story), a model that illuminates despair as its main theme. The ISHF is creating a public narrative based on a model of hope - in which people with dementia have a future, can remain in their communities and contribute to society. Read more...