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Central Baptist Village Adds On-site Neuropsychological Testing to its Memory Care Services

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Norridge, IL — February 7, 2019   Central Baptist Village, in partnership with the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness, now offers seniors who are concerned about possible memory issues and dementia the opportunity to get definitive answers through a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment.

Beginning March 12, Central Baptist Village will host a monthly Cognitive Wellness Clinic where neuropsychologists from CCCW will administer and analyze a series of tests that cover thinking skills such as memory and attention, language, executive function and information processing, among others. The assessments are open to the public and covered by most insurance.

“A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended to establish a clinical diagnosis of any mild cognitive impairments or dementia,” explains Dr. Sherrie All, a CCCW neuropsychologist and a leader in the field of brain health. “It is the critical first step in developing plans to improve and rehabilitate skills.”

Based on the results, Dr. All’s team will make customized recommendations for brain health and cognitive support, which range from sleep and dietary changes to memory aids and computer-assisted retraining programs to medical interventions.

The new Cognitive Wellness Clinic at Central Baptist Village is just the latest in the community’s innovative and accessible continuum of memory care. These programs and services include the Joyful Living Memory Cafe—a relaxed, monthly gathering with lunch, socializing and activities for both individuals with memory concerns and their caregivers and a Saturday Social Club for those with dementia—as well as free memory screenings, caregiver support and encouragement groups. For a complete description and schedule of these programs, please visit or call 708.583.8527.

Dr. All founded the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness in 2012 to provide the “what’s next” to people following a diagnosis of memory loss or other changes in thinking skills such as attention or executive function. She works to educate the public on brain-healthy behaviors and innovating brain health coaching. Her work in this area earned her the 2010 Sharpbrains Innovation Award for Most Innovative Mental Health Program, as well as the attention of media outlets such as The New Yorker and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Neuropsychological testing at Central Baptist Village is available by appointment only, on the second Tuesday of each month beginning March 12, from 9 to 5 pm at its Norridge campus. Fees covered by most insurance. Call 855-264-9355 to schedule an appointment.

Central Baptist Village, a nonprofit senior living community with independent and assisted living, three levels of residential memory support and memory care, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation. Serving and celebrating seniors of all faiths since 1896.

Free programs and services open to the public
Joyful Living Memory Café
(Monthly) Fourth Thursday of each month, 12-2:30 pm. Lunch and activities for individuals with early-stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. Events include dance, yoga, therapy pets and excursions to Drury Lane Theater, the Art Institute and Morton Arboretum. Reservation required. Call 708.456.7979.

Saturday Social Club (Monthly) Second Saturday of each month, 10:30 am. Music, art, exercise and sensory stimulation for individuals living with dementia. Caregivers are invited to attend Alzheimer’s support group. Reservation required. Call Damaris Curescu, 708.583.8510.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group (Monthly) Second Saturday of each month, 10:30 am. Share, support and learn from others caring for loved ones with dementia. Free and open to the public; new members always welcome. No reservation required unless attending with a loved one who will be participating in the Saturday Social Club. Call Damaris Curescu, 708.583.8510.

Caregiver Care & From Mourning to Joy Encouragement Groups Chaplain-led support group for caregivers. Reservation required. Call 708.583.8516.  Confidential Memory Screenings (Monthly) First Monday of each month, by appointment. In association with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, these free, informal screenings are open to the public; reservations required. Call 708.583.8549.

Fee-based programs open to the public ­

Neuropsychological Assessments (Monthly) Second Tuesday of each month, 9 am to 5 pm, by appointment. Clinical diagnostic testing. Open to the public. Fees covered by most insurance. Reservations required. Call 855.264.9355.

Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Sox!

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Meet our residents Nick and Lou, the best of baseball friends and rivals.

Shout Out: Julie Stevens, looking forward to Central Baptist Village’s second annual Brain Health Expo

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The world’s wonders through virtual reality — Central Baptist Village residents like what they see

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Kick-starting a fitness program: Norridge seniors take part in health and wellness fair

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Dining and dementia: CBV’s Silver Spoon Club puts on the pounds, cultivates connections

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Central Baptist Village Wins 2017 Best of Assisted Living From

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Norridge, IL – December 12, 2016- Central Baptist Village is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of the 2017 Best of Assisted Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America. This is the third year in a row that CBV has received this distinction.’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of –n-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.

The annual Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on, just over 1,400 were recognized with this prestigious award.

Central Baptist Village regularly receives highly positive reviews from their families like this one: Your facility is simply AMAZING! From the moment I met staff members, no matter their capacity, and toured the facility, I knew my mom would adapt and love her surroundings. I am eternally grateful to everyone involved in creating and maintaining such an incredibly warm, caring, and nurturing facility.

“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of “Our Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We’re honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016.


About Central Baptist Village

Central Baptist Village is a not-for-profit LifePlan community that has been welcoming seniors of all faiths since 1896. Located on a beautiful 10-acre campus in residential Norridge, Illinois, residents can choose from a diverse range of programs and activities and a full array of services they can customize to their lifestyle. We offer on-site independent living, assisted living, nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and three levels of memory care. Residents and their families enjoy enhanced independence and greater peace of mind knowing health care needs are based on a personalized plan and delivered within the community in a home-like setting.

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Contact Information:

Name: Julie Stevens
Title: Director of Sales and Marketing

Central Baptist Village
4747 N Canfield Avenue, Norridge, IL 60706
Phone: 708.583.8527
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Central Baptist Village Honored as One of Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2016

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


Seventh-Annual Special Edition and Awards Ceremony Celebrate Chicago’s Leading Companies

Chicago, IL – November 22, 2016- Central Baptist Village has been recognized as one of the area’s most dynamic and supportive local businesses by the Chicago Tribune in its special “Top Workplaces 2016” issue. The Friday, Nov. 11 special edition of the newspaper identified the Chicago companies chosen for recognition by its employees. All winners were honored during the Top Workplaces 2016 event, held at Solider Field’s exclusive United Club on Thursday, Nov. 10.

“We’re so proud of our dedicated and talented staff who make us a Chicago Top Workplace!  Our unique company culture is what sets Central Baptist Village apart and the employees have everything to do with that.  We put tremendous effort into creating a positive work environment, which in turn inspires positive and engaged staff who truly live out our mission to “serve and celebrate seniors” every single day,” says executive director Dawn Mondschein

Central Baptist Village joined fellow honorees and more than 700 C-level Chicago executives at the high-profile Top Workplaces 2016 awards ceremony, now in its seventh year. Companies were selected by employee surveys conducted by Workplace Dynamics that measured such key qualities as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits. The top finishers were announced during the celebratory annual awards ceremony.

“Each year, the Chicago Tribune is proud to recognize the companies that are making a real difference in the lives of their employees,” said Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Bruce Dold, who served as the host of the Top Workplaces 2016 event. “This year’s lineup of progressive-minded businesses reflects those qualities that truly make Chicago the City That Works.”

The Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces 2016 event was presented by The Job Network and sponsored by Wintrust Financial,, U.S. Cellular, Rivers Casino, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection, 90+ Cellars and Half Acre Beer Company. The event was produced by Tribune Events Group, the Chicago Tribune Media Group’s in-house events marketing team.


About Central Baptist Village

Central Baptist Village is a not-for-profit LifePlan community that has been welcoming seniors of all faiths since 1896. Located on a beautiful 10-acre campus in residential Norridge, Illinois, residents can choose from a diverse range of programs and activities, a full array of services they can customize to their lifestyle and a wellness philosophy focused on creating an overall sense of well-being. We offer on-site independent living, assisted living, nursing care, short-term rehabilitation and three levels of memory care, and residents and their families enjoy enhanced independence and greater peace of mind knowing health care needs are based on a personalized plan and delivered within the community in a home-like setting.


Visit for more information.


Join us on Facebook:


Contact Information:

Name: Julie Stevens
Title: Director of Sales and Marketing
Central Baptist Village
4747 N Canfield Avenue, Norridge, IL 60706
Phone: 708.583.8527



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Name: Julie Stevens
Title: Director of Sales and Marketing
Central Baptist Village
4747 N Canfield Avenue, Norridge, IL 60706
Phone: 708.583.8527










A Day in Your Shoes

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Bringing excellent care and customer service to our residents every day requires skill, commitment, empathy, and hard work! To fully understand the experience of our employees, and to learn the joys and challenges of every department, the management team will be spending a full shift in each department. The first to experience A Day in Your Shoes was our Executive Director Dawn Mondschein, who spent a day in culinary.

10 Lessons Learned from
Dawn’s Day in the Culinary Department

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1. Dining room set-up and service is no simple task. The Culinary Aides are responsible for dining room set-up and that means knowing where each and every Resident is seated and their special preferences and needs. This means everything from who likes frosted flakes, who prefers rice crispies, to who needs thickened juice, who prefers chocolate milk to who requires skim. My trainer Matt Nawrot knew every single detail by heart. I’m convinced that Matt could tell you every Resident by name, where they sit and precisely what and how they prefer to eat. He even took care to cut the sweet rolls into bite size pieces when needed. That’s a set up for success!

2. CBV goes above and beyond to bring quality to pureed meals. Teresa Anderson has been a CBV cook for over 25 years and she is the Queen of Purees. Teresa explains that most other communities serve frozen pureed products, but that’s just not good enough for OUR Residents. The Culinary department is committed to providing fresh, quality meals to everyone regardless of dietary restrictions. I learned that our pureed foods start with the same freshly cooked ingredients, seasoned to taste and then Teresa works her magic. She finishes the meals by pureeing each item to an exact consistency and then takes extra special care with presentation. That meant piping mashed potatoes into an oblong shape, hand forming the seafood entrée into a patty and piping the bright green vegetable right into the center to add a pop of color and appeal because according to Teresa, the food “should always look as good as it tastes”.

3. The kitchen is no place for a klutz. Hands down, the kitchen is the most dangerous place to be at CBV. Wet floors, sharp knives, blenders, blades, and mixers – hot pans and griddles, broilers and ovens, steamers and fryers to name a few. Fortunately, the Culinary crew takes nothing for granted and makes safety a daily priority. And with CBV’s current safety record, the proof is truly in the pudding.

4. The Culinary crew thrives on teamwork. Our Culinary department is a well-oiled machine! In a job where every minute counts, staff members constantly lend each other a hand to get the job done. I was most impressed by the way the kitchen crew works together in tight quarters, skillfully pivoting and swaying around one another in perfect harmony.

5. There is ALWAYS something cooking in our kitchen. I never thought about the sheer quantity of food that goes into serving 3 meals a day to over 200 Residents. Because most of our meals are homemade from scratch, that means nearly round the clock food delivery, chopping, marinating, cooling, cooking etc… Did you know the cooks are already preparing the next day’s meal before today’s lunch hits the dining room? Sal Caguioa, our Salad and Dessert Chef, just finished slicing his French Silk pie and he was already talking about the cupcakes he’ll begin baking for tomorrow’s main dessert. Immediately following lunch service, Chef Rob began par-cooking and prepping Saturday’s main courses. The kitchen lights go out at 8:00 p.m. each night and re-open again at 5:00 a.m. every morning. Time to make the doughnuts!

6. Time is of the essence. If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party you understand the challenge of bringing everything together at once. This challenge is no different in CBV’s kitchen only it happens THREE times each and every day. The early morning starts off at a fairly quiet but brisk pace. By 9:30 a.m. the rhythm is rising and things start moving at a much quicker rate. At 10:30 a.m. Chef Rob ricochets around and Chef TJ has his hand in every pot at once. The tempo reaches high velocity – but that’s what it takes to pull each meal together, particularly when serving such a wide variety of choices.

7. Presentation is essential. If there was one lesson learned across the board, it was to take care in the plating and presentation of each meal. From our supervisors, chefs to servers, everyone has great respect for food and each plate is handled with care. TJ advises “stay within the border and make it ‘high and wide’ to fill the plate for appeal”. And don’t forget the garnish!!!

8. Showtime. Possibly the greatest secret to success is the daily Showtime ritual. Just before lunch service the Culinary team, including all the Aides from the entire community, gathers around in the Commons kitchen. The supervisor shares customer service, safety and diversity tips of the day, and then reviews the daily menu in detail. Finally, each server grabs a fork to taste test the menu items. Chef TJ is on standby to make final modifications if needed.

9. I LOVE to Fry Fish! It’s no secret that I was fascinated by the deep fryer and enjoyed making Chef Rob’s famous batter fried cod. There was something simply gratifying about slipping freshly dredged pieces of cod into the fryer and minutes later lining the pan with perfectly browned and crispy planks of fish. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

10. The dish room was the biggest surprise of the day. I admit I was not looking forward to working in the dish room but found it refreshingly rejuvenating. First of all, there’s the dish machine that works like a mini automatic car wash – so bring on all the dishes you want – Baniesa says it’s actually quite easy! The staff agrees there’s a mechanical yet meditative quality about running the dish machine. It’s a quiet time to reflect upon the day and your own personal thoughts. It’s a little steamy but by the time the dishes are clean, dry and neatly stacked, you have a real sense of peace and accomplishment. Job well done!

A Special Note to the Culinary Department:
I was telling a Resident about the day, gushing about all the passion and teamwork, and she said “the Resident’s are doing our part too” then with a smile she added, “We are blessing the food and the hands that made it”.
Thank you to the entire Culinary Department for nurturing our Residents in your very special ways. And thank you to all my teammates and trainers. I’ll never forget my Day in Culinary.

Bon Appetite!
Dawn Mondschein

central baptist village

Welcoming Seniors
of All Faiths Since 1896

Central Baptist Village is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community with more than a century of dedicated service in caring for older adults.

Why choose
Central Baptist Village?

Our team approach supports residents and their families through the transitions of aging. We offer on-site independent living, assisted living, memory support care, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation. Residents enjoy enhanced independence and greater peace of mind knowing health care needs are based on a personalized plan and delivered within a community of friendship, faith, and family.

award-winning care

contact central baptist village

Phone: (708) 583-8500

4747 N. Canfield Avenue
Norridge, Illinois 60706