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April 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to DFA: Delaware

DFA is pleased to announce that the state of Delaware, with leadership from the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD), has joined the Dementia Friendly America network. In December 2013, DSAAPD, in conjunction with the Delaware Valley Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association, released the Delaware State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The plan was developed out of recognition of the enormous social, emotional, and economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and the need to find creative approaches to support the many people impacted in Delaware. Delaware is continuing its efforts by joining the Dementia Friendly America network. In doing so, Delaware will work with businesses around the state to address caregiver needs in the workplace, a critical part of the Delaware State Plan. Key partners include the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, Christiana Care Medical Health System and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long.

Welcome to DFA: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

DFA is happy to announce that the borough of Doylestown, Pennsylvania has joined the Dementia Friendly America network of communities. Dementia Friendly Doylestown is a diverse group of sector-based representatives positioned to increase dementia awareness through action in the heart of Bucks County, PA. Better known as Central Bucks, the area consists of 122 square miles and has a population of just over 100,000 residents. The county has the state's fourth highest population of individuals age 60 and older. 

The Dementia Friendly Doylestown will first create open house events at the local senior activity center focused on educating the general public on basic facts regarding dementia, caregiving and brain health. Following the roll-out of a series of events, Dementia Friendly Doylestown will begin targeted training campaigns to address sector-specific needs for the community at large. In addition to making the region more dementia-friendly, dementia-ready, and dementia-prepared, the ultimate goal of Dementia Friendly Doylestown is to enhance the quality of life for all of its residents.

New Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation Toolkit

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, co-administered by n4a and Easterseals, has released Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation Toolkit, a new resource designed to provide caregivers with information and strategies to approach the coordination of transportation for meeting the everyday needs of older adults with dementia.This resource provides an in-depth look at the challenges faced by caregivers of individuals with dementia and how these challenges are faced by bringing together transportation and caregiving programs to develop community-specific solutions. View the full toolkit.

Dementia Friendly Tempe Holds Third Annual Summit

Arizona's Dementia Friendly Tempe (DFT) celebrated its third annual summit by focusing on “Tools for Building Resilient Caregivers.” With a group of over 150 community members, featured speakers addressed the ambiguous loss that accompanies caring for someone with dementia while providing guidelines to cope with this loss. Mindfulness for dementia caregivers was highlighted and testimonials were given by caregivers who use these techniques to live with ambiguous loss along with mindfulness. Participants with dementia and care partners who participate in DFT's weekly Memory Café also shared their experience and invited others to join in the weekly meetings. Mayor Mark Mitchell shared his own family’s experience in caring for his mom who lives with Alzheimer’s. The summit also celebrated Dementia Friendly Tempe's many successes over the past two years.  Check out the video that the City created to further inform the community about the program!

Funding Opportunity Reminder:  AARP Community  Challenge 2018

The AARP Community Challenge grants fund “quick-action” projects in areas such as housing, transportation, and public space that spark change and help build momentum to improve livability for all residents. The application deadline is May 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET. Last year, 88 projects representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia were funded. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects.

Visit  www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge to learn more and apply

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