February 2020 Newsletter

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.

Williamsburg, VA

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. 

New Resources from Administration on Aging Alzheimer’s Grantees
The National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC) has compiled examples of resources produced by Administration on Aging grantees during their grants. Resource topics include advance care planning, behavior symptoms of dementia, cultural awareness, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and dementia, and people who live alone.
Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s Speaks with Presidential Candidates About Alzheimer’s 
The Public Policy Director of the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, Norma Bostarr, had the opportunity to ask several presidential candidates about their plans to address dementia—and whether these plans include a focus on younger generations. Watch the video to see her interviews with former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren. 
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Federal Funding Forecasts Related to Dementia

The Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released funding opportunity forecasts/opportunities related to dementia. 

Through the ADPI initiative, several communities and states have incorporated dementia-friendly community initiatives and/or the Dementia Friends program into applications. Interested in partnering with Dementia Friendly America or Dementia Friends on one of these partnership opportunities? DFA can provide fee-based technical assistance and has supported previous grantees through:
  • Serving as a member of a community leadership team to provide ongoing guidance and support
  • Providing regular phone or in-person support on dementia-friendly work
  • Developing specialized or targeted trainings
  • Offering enhanced support for a community kick-off event, including participating in planning calls, presenting and/or helping to facilitate, and summarizing workshops
  • Working with your leadership team to plan, attend/help to facilitate and summarize workshop for developing a community action plan
  • Providing enhanced support for planning or launching Dementia Friends initiative

Connect with DFA staff to discuss potential collaboration opportunities.

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There are 75,914 Dementia Friends across the United States. Join the Movement by becoming a Dementia Friend today! 
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