April 2019 Newsletter

New Communities Join the DFA Network

New Jersey Building Dementia Friendly Communities in Atlantic and Cape May Counties

Dementia Friendly New Jersey helps enable people living with dementia continue living in the community while engaging and thriving in their daily lives. The New Jersey Dementia Friendly Task Force has started working in Atlantic and Cape May counties, with plans for statewide expansion. Comprised of leaders from local governments, businesses, the community and the health care sector, Dementia Friendly New Jersey has adopted Dementia Friendly America’s sector approach to ensuring New Jersey becomes more dementia friendly. In doing so, Dementia Friendly New Jersey is working with various community sectors to foster and encourage dementia-friendly practices by providing outreach and training in the following areas: signs/symptoms, communication/behaviors and Virtual Dementia Tours.

The Colorado Springs Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

The goal of the Colorado Springs Dementia Friendly Community Initiative is to create a community that supports individuals living with dementia and helps bring meaning, purpose and value to their lives. With the Alzheimer’s Association estimating that the number of Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s will increase to 92,000 in 2025 from 71,000 in 2018, the initiative has gotten started by educating the community on the signs of dementia, ways to best interact with a person living with dementia and by encouraging all sectors of the community to adopt dementia-friendly practices. A key aspect of the Initiative has been its cross-sector connections. Members of the Initiative represent nonprofit organizations, businesses, local governments and the Alzheimer’s Association. This diversity in membership will allow the Initiative to expand into additional community sectors. The group has received support from Adams Bank and Trust, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs, and the Commission on Aging, a group that advises City Council and the Mayor on aging issues, especially as they affect the municipal government policies and operations.

Webinar on Stigma Towards People Living with Dementia

The National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center, funded through the Administration for Community Living, is hosting a webinar on stigma towards people living with dementia. Stigma around Alzheimer’s and other dementias—prejudicial attitudes, negative stereotypes, discriminatory behaviors, and social structures biased against people with dementia—is common. Webinar participants will discover the types of dementia-related stigma and the role language plays in stigma around dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will learn about everyday strategies for countering stigma through person-centered approaches. The webinar will also feature a person with early-stage dementia who will share her experiences related to these issues. The webinar will take place on May 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET. Register here.
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Supports and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention, Resources from NCEA and n4a

Elder abuse can occur anywhere, including at home and in care settings, and can impact anyone. However, people with dementia are especially at risk because their condition may prevent them from reporting or recognizing abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), launched the STEAP (Supports and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention) Initiative to support and enhance the Aging Network's elder abuse prevention education and outreach activities. The results of a poll distributed to all Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs sought information about their knowledge of existing elder abuse education and outreach resources—and any gaps that may exist. Survey respondents indicated their greatest need for further information and resources was the topic of dementia and elder abuse. Check out this joint webinar which introduced customizable tools that can be used in communities around the county to engage and educate communities about the role everyone can play in preventing abuse.

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Dementia Friends USA Now in 21 States

With the addition of Missouri and Texas, the Dementia Friends USA initiative is now operating in 21 states! Dementia Friends Missouri will be administered by the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging and will establish a network of Dementia Champions at Area Agencies on Aging across the state to offer Dementia Friend sessions. Dementia Friends Texas will be administered by Texas Christian University in collaboration with The University of Texas San Antonio School of Nursing, which will achieve statewide reach with Dementia Friends through outreach to health care professionals, students, staff and faculty. Dementia Friends USA, administered by Dementia Friendly America in the United States, is part of a global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom that aims to help everyone in a community understand what dementia is, how it affects people, and how everyone can make a difference for people touched by dementia. Learn if your state is one of 21 states now offering Dementia Friends sessions.

Just In: Bipartisan Bill Introduced into Congress Poised to Impact Stage of Detection

On April 10, 2019 the bicameral, bipartisan CHANGE Act was introduced to increase early detection rates of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The proposed legislation would make improvements in the screening, detection and diagnosis of dementia in the existing Welcome to Medicare initial exam and in Medicare annual wellness visits. The bill would also establish payment mechanisms through Medicare with the goal of incentivizing the detection and diagnosis of dementia, as well as care planning services. Learn more by reading a press release from UsAgainstAlzheimer’s. 
Take the ADI Survey on Attitudes around Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has commissioned the London School of Economics and Political Science to disseminate the world’s largest survey on
people’s attitudes around dementia. Results of the survey will form the basis of ADI’s next World Alzheimer Report, to be released during World Alzheimer Month in September 2019. Consider taking 10 minutes of your time to make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners around the world. Learn more and take the survey today!

Dementia Friends USA

There Are 39,002 Dementia Friends across the United States. Join the Movement by becoming a Dementia Friend today! 
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