New Communities Join the DFA Network!
Leesburg/Loudoun County, VA
Located in Virginia, Dementia Friendly Leesburg began as an “action team” under the wing of the Loudoun Senior Interest Network, which is comprised of dedicated professionals who serve the aging population in Leesburg and Loudoun County. Dementia Friendly Leesburg plans to expand to the full Loudoun County in the future. Several partners from local government, faith communities, law enforcement, first response providers, community members, and caregiver services and supports make this a true community initiative, helping Dementia Friendly Leesburg to plan and organize. Dementia Friendly Leesburg has plans to partner with business, banking, health care, businesses and employers (including restaurants, grocery stores, libraries) and residential care services to continue expanding community awareness of dementia.
The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County will be leading the movement to make Tyler a Dementia Friendly Community. The Tyler Chamber of Commerce established the Senior Resource Committee, which represents various segments of the community—faith-based organizations, nonprofits, veterans-related organizations, local government, businesses, legal, education, transportation and other sectors. Since the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce received a designation from the State of Texas as a Certified Retirement Community in 2014, the population of older adults in Tyler has grown, leading the community to prepare all sectors to address the needs faced by people living with dementia, their families, caregivers, employers and community as a whole. To support its aging population, those living with dementia and their caregivers, the Senior Resource Committee has launched a Seniors Celebrating Life Program, a Senior Health Expo, multiple lunch-and-learn presentations, all with a focus on living with dementia and virtual dementia tours and community engagement workshops.