June 2018 Newsletter

New DFA Community: Mid-Columbia River Gorge Region, Oregon

Dementia Friendly America welcomes the newest member of the DFA network! The Aging in the Gorge Alliance /Alianza de la Tercera Edad is a diverse group of residents from the Mid-Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon and Washington. Their Dementia Friendly Action Team consists of community members and professionals from various disciplines, including case management, occupational therapy, behavioral health, government, long-term care, and hospice care. The community is already hard at work with a work plan that includes training police units, volunteer firefighters, and first responders; training library staff; starting a community club kit; hosting memory cafes; training long-term care facilities in Positive Approaches to Care; training transportation employees and much more! 

Engaging Dementia-Friendly Communities During Older Americans Month

As part of Older Americans Month in May, Dementia Friendly America partnered with Leading Age  on a social media campaign to highlight the importance of staying active and engaged in the community. 

Every May, the U.S. Administration on Aging leads a national observance of Older American's Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasized that we are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that enrich our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. DFA and Leading Age promoted the important role individuals can play in ensuring that those living with dementia are welcomed and supported by their communities. 

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Memory Café Webinar: Learn How to Start a Memory Café Network!

A new webinar from Jewish Children and Family Services (JFCS) in Waltham, Massachusetts describes ways interested communities can  start a memory café network. Viewers will also learn what a memory café is and why a memory café network can help communities provide resources for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. The webinar walso provides an overview of the JFCS experience in creating a memory café network in Massachusetts and how it grew from four cafes to more than 80, as well first steps, resource requirements and challenges. JFCS’ Memory Café Toolkits in English and Spanish include information and step-by-step instructions on how to start a Memory Café. In addition, JFCS  was recently selected as one of three recipients of the 2017 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease for its Percolator Memory Café Network. JFCS is a member of the DFA network and leads the Dementia Friends Massachusetts initiative!
Dementia, Caregiving, and Transportation Toolkit

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center’s new Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation toolkit provides individuals living with dementia and their caregivers with resources and strategies to approach the coordination of transportation for meeting everyday needs. The toolkit was adapted from  NADTC Winter 2017-2018 online course, which provided an in-depth look at transportation needs and concerns experienced by family caregivers, particularly caregivers of individuals with dementia, and offered guidance on community approaches for connecting transportation and caregiver networks. NADTC is administered by n4a and Easterseals with funding from the Federal Transit Administration.

Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s Needs Your Support – Vote by June 29

Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, a member of the DFA National Council, was recently selected as one of five finalists in the My LA2050 Activation Challenge to "make Los Angeles the best place to live." To support for this youth-run initiative focused on dementia, click here: Voting closes TODAY, June 29.

Dementia Friendly America Holds Semi-Annual Meeting of National Council

More than 40 members of Dementia Friendly America’s National Council met to share highlights from the last six months and discussed Dementia Friends USA and ways to engage businesses. The National Council heard from guest speakers on their dementia friendly work. Beth Soltzberg, leader of Dementia Friends Massachusetts, shared how her agency is implementing Dementia Friends, including key partners and how the program support their dementia friendly goals. Lylie Fisher and Michael Buckley, leaders with Dementia Friendly Montgomery County, shared information on their community’s dementia friendly business initiative. The National Council serves as DFA’s advisory group and helps to guide and shape the initiative.

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