February 2018 Newsletter

Kaiser Health News Article: Changing the Way We Think About Dementia 

The work of Dementia Friends USA - in changing perceptions of dementia was highlighted recent Kaiser Health News article, Changing the Way We Look at Dementia.  The article notes that, it isn’t uncommon for participants to move from using words like “hopeless” to using words like “courageous” to describe the condition after completing a Dementia Friends in-person session. “Barriers seem to dissolve,” said Stephani Shivers, who leads Connecticut’s Dementia Friends initiative, said. She continues, “Whether it’s ‘I’m not sure what to say to someone with dementia’ or ‘I’m nervous about being with someone with dementia,’ the ‘I don’t know what to do’ falls away.”  

Dementia Friends USA is part of a global public awareness movement to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who, after viewing a series of online videos or attending an in-person session, learns about dementia and turns that understanding into action. From simply telling friends about the Dementia Friends program, to being more patient in everyday interactions, to volunteering or visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts—no matter how large or small. Help spread the word about Dementia Friends. Become a Dementia Friend today!  

Dementia Friendly America Montgomery County Legislative Briefing  


Montgomery County, Maryland's Dementia Friendly America initiative, with leadership from the BrightFocus Foundation, recently shared best practices and results from the county's Dementia Friendly America campaign at a briefing for members of the Montgomery County legislative delegation in Annapolis. Montgomery County became part of Dementia Friendly America in 2015 and has achieved national recognition for its innovative public safety dementia training. The BrightFocus Foundation, which is headquartered in Montgomery County, Maryland, serves on the national steering committee for Dementia Friendly America. View the Facebook Live video of the briefing. 

Montgomery County's DFA work did not end there! Hosted by the BrightFocus Foundation, they held a Business Breakfast and Kick-Off , also streamed on Facebook live, to educate local businesses about no-cost staff training, certification and resources businesses can provide to support customers who have dementia. 

Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio Joins Dementia Friendly America Network

The Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio is the latest community to join the Dementia Friendly America network. Yellow Springs already has a robust dementia friendly Advisory Committee consisting of 23 representatives from various sectors of the community— caregivers, small business, transportation, medical, local government, faith-based community, senior centers and more. 

Yellow Springs Senior Center is leading the effort to become a Dementia Friendly Community with support from the Del Mar Social Innovation Fund of The Dayton Foundation and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. Dementia Friendly Yellow Springs plans to provide training across community sectors (employers, emergency response, schools, retail businesses, faith communities);  build public awareness about dementia friendly practices throughout the Village; increase knowledge about dementia through articles in the local newspaper and the Village Schools; and assess gaps and unmet needs for services.

Transportation Tips and Tools for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers 

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center's newest publication, Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation— highlights a range of transportation resources and provides recommendations for various community sectors to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. The publication also includes dementia friendly tips for transit drivers, items to include in a travel kit for a loved one living with dementia and more.  

New Federal Funding Opportunities 

The Administration for Community Living posted two funding opportunities related to Alzheimer's disease. The purpose of the Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project is to provide grants to public and private entities that are operating within existing, dementia-capable, long term services and supports systems and are committed to serving populations with the most need and living with or at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their caregivers. Dementia Friendly America works with the state of Nevada and Sheridan, Wyoming on their implementation of ADI-SSS grants. 

The purpose of the Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) is to expand the availability of dementia-capable support services for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, their families and their caregivers by: 1) enhancing the ability of state systems and programs to embed dementia-capability in their service networks; and 2) by delivering dementia-capable supportive services using evidence-based and/or evidence-informed interventions. Only state governments are eligible for ADSSP. 

The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging also posted announcements on: Pragmatic Trials for Dementia Care in Long-term Services and Support (LTSS) Settings, Research on Current Topics in Alzheimer's Disease and Its Related Dementias (including a High-Priority Research Topic Notice), and Dementia Care and Caregiver Support Interventions  

New Dementia Care Practice Recommendations 

The Alzheimer’s Association has released new dementia care practice recommendations aimed at helping nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other long-term care and community care providers deliver optimal quality, person-centered care for those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The recommendations have been posted online and as a supplement to The Gerontologist, a peer-reviewed journal of The Gerontological Society of America. The 56 recommendations span 10 content areas and are grounded in the fundamentals of person-centered care. These recommendations were developed by 27 dementia care experts convened by the Alzheimer’s Association and are based on a comprehensive review of current evidence, best practice and expert opinion.  

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Social Media Update

DFA and Dementia Friends will be consolidating our social media accounts in the future, please stay tuned for this update and make sure you are following us via Dementia Friendly America Facebook and Twitter platforms. 
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