New Dementia Friendly Communities
In mid-October residents and key stakeholders in Missoula, Montana attended an event designed to outline steps Missoula could take towards becoming a Dementia Friendly community.
The event sponsored by the Missoula Coalition on Aging & Disability (MCOAD) Education Committee was facilitated by Patti Holkup, PhD, RN, and Chair of the committee. In addition to an overview presentation by the DFA team, Kay Wallick, Program Director for Dementia Friendly Wyoming outlined the significant efforts underway in Sheridan and provided guidance for a community beginning the effort. The presentations were followed by questions from the audience with one attendee who is living with dementia highlighting how beneficial a supportive community can be.
Missoula is being joined by several other communities around the state that have initiated Dementia Friendly efforts. These efforts in Butte, Miles City, and Glendive include providing education and support groups; and building community. While in other communities there is support for clinical work for patient engagement underway.
To learn more about work underway in Sheridan, you can view Kay’s presentation here.