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September 2018 Newsletter

Dementia Friendly Wyoming partners with local Home Depot

Dementia Friendly Wyoming (DFW), a program of the Hub on Smith and a grant recipient from the Administration for Community Living, is partnering with their local Home Depot store to develop a home safety educational campaign for persons living with dementia. Over the last year, DFW provided one-hour educational sessions to Home Depot management in Sheridan, WY, on understanding and recognizing signs of dementia, learning how to communicate with individuals who have dementia and connecting them to resources. This training is now being provided to all Home Depot staff in Sheridan, WY.

Additional plans are underway to provide home safety educational displays throughout the store. Dementia Friendly Wyoming isn’t stopping with local Home Depot stores—they’re taking their trainings to the local Walmart and have already provided dementia-friendly training to management and will soon train front-line staff.

Alabama Expands Dementia Friendly Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), part of Dementia Friendly America, is one of 13 Area Agencies on Aging that received a 2017 six-month $10,000 grant to develop its local Dementia Friendly Law Enforcement and First Responder training program. M4A recently received an additional one year $10,000 grant from the CAWACO Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. to expand their training program, replenish all training materials and recruit new volunteer trainers.  In August 2018, the initiative provided training to all firefighters in the city of Alabaster, Alabama on how they can support individuals with dementia that they encounter in their work, including connecting people to community resources. The Alabaster police department completed the training earlier in the year.

National Alzheimer’s Summit Convened in Washington DC
 
National leaders, stakeholders and advocates came together earlier in the week at the National Alzheimer’s Summit. Convened by USAgainstAlzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Summit brings together  “doers” to share ideas, outline solutions and spark collaborations that will make a difference in the lives of the millions of families, and communities, impacted by dementia. The Summit focused on critical trends shaping the Alzheimer’s movement, including the mobilization of young people, patient-centered research and drug development, and impact on racial and ethnic disparities.
 
A highlight of the conference was a panel on intergenerational caregiving, which included a spotlight on the work of  Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, a DFA National Council member, and Puzzles to Remember. Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s works with colleges and high schools around the country while Puzzles to Remember has provided more than 33,000 age-appropriate jigsaw puzzles to nursing homes around the country. Puzzles to Remember was represented at the summit by its Associate Director, Hailey Richman, a fifth grader inspired by her grandmother’s dementia.

Stall Catchers, an online game, helps connect people to Alzheimer's treatment
 
Stall Catchers hosted an online event for World Alzheimer's Day, where people around the world played the Stall Catchers game in a global "Catchathon.” The more people who play the game, the faster Cornell University can work to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s. Reduced blood flow in the brain is associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. New imaging techniques have enabled researchers to study the possible mechanisms that underlie this reduced blood flow in mice with Alzheimer’s disease. To test this and other hypotheses related to Alzheimer's disease, however, there is a lot of data to analyze. Since data analysis is so time-consuming, and no computer algorithm can do this job as well as humans, it could take decades to find treatment targets. With the help of citizen scientists playing the Stall Catchers game, the target could be met in just a couple of years. The Catchathon may be over but it’s not too late—anyone can play Stall Catchers anytime!

Eureka Prize Challenge Focuses on the Role of Technology in Dementia Care

The National Institute on Aging recently launched the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Using Technology (iCare-AD/ADRD) Challenge. This Eureka prize competition rewards and spurs the development of technology solutions to improve dementia care coordination and/or care navigation. The first-place winner will receive up to $250,000, the second-place winner will receive up to $100,000, and the third-place winner will receive up to $50,000. Additional solvers may be recognized with non-monetary awards. Learn more at the iCare-AD/ADRD webinar on October 17, 2018 at 2:30 PM EDT.

Dementia Friends USA

There Are 22,688 Dementia Friends across the United States. Our goal is to reach 25,000 by the end of this year! Join the Movement by becoming a Dementia Friend today! 

Resources

  • The Wisconsin Department of Justice has released a new training video that can be used for  educating bank tellers and banking professionals on elder financial abuse
  • DFA Webinar on Dementia Friendly University and Education Partnerships (Webinar and Slides)
  • Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Youth Initiative resources (PPT Slides and Event Video)
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