New Community Joins the DFA Network!
Dementia Friendly America continues to welcome new communities to the fold! Read on to learn about our newest communities in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
East Central, IN
Dementia Friendly East Central Indiana came together with the support of LifeStream Services, Inc, a local service provider, with the goal of reducing the stigma of dementia and implementing practical changes that will make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and their care partners. With the guidance of its steering committee, Dementia Friendly East Central Indiana has received a grant from a local foundation to support its efforts, which include partnering with local university students to develop a strategic marketing and outreach plan to amplify the Dementia Friends movement.
Cumberland County, PA
Dementia Friendly Cumberland County has assembled an action committee representing various sectors of community, including care partners, individuals living with dementia, home care, elder law, the local Area Agency on Aging and health care. The initiative’s first major project will be a kickoff event where community members and local businesses will learn about dementia, its impact on the community and ways organizations can become dementia friendly. The action committee also plans to focus educational efforts on first responders, faith communities and the local veteran’s association.
The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance–Business Council has formed Dementia Friendly Williamsburg, a coalition of local nonprofits, businesses, aging experts and health care providers to establish a dementia friendly community throughout Greater Williamsburg, Virginia. The action team consists of multiple partners, including local businesses, government representatives, senior living facilities, aging services providers and community members—and has also formed subcommittees focused on outreach and education. The outreach committee will encourage targeted sectors and area residents to become Dementia Friends, while the education committee will oversee the development of learning materials, including micro-learning modules that address the specific learning needs of each business sector it plans to target.