Becoming Dementia Friendly: Lessons for Inclusiveness

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Whenever we hear the word dementia, all kinds of thoughts come up, most of them unfavorable. However, dementia is a condition that we can all participate in making less intimidating.

Dementia is a general term for a loss of memory and other cognitive abilities that is serious enough to interfere with activities of daily life. Some of the common symptoms of dementia are difficulties with memory, language, problem-solving and other skills that affect one’s ability to live independently. Essentially, it is caused by damage to the brain cells. While factors such as age, family history, and heredity can all play a part, recent studies show that lifestyle and the management of other heath conditions may also play a role.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60% to 80% of dementia cases.

People with dementia can continue to be a part of their communities and sustain a positive quality of life doing so. We can all do our part to help them when we become better informed. It’s just that simple!

To that end, USAging initiated Dementia Friendly America. This movement began in 2015, in part to “ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia.”

Click here to view the Dementia Friendly America Introductory Video

Join FSL presenter, Nydia Montijo, MPH, on September 28, 2021 at 10:00 am to participate in a Dementia Friends Information Session.

Learn answers to questions like:

• Is dementia a normal part of aging?
• This is just a memory problem, right? Or is it more?
• What can I do about it?

This webinar will cover these questions and more! Segments will also include vital information such as, what dementia is, what the warning signs are, and how to create an environment that is friendly to those who have been diagnosed.

The question is not whether you will cross paths with someone impacted by dementia, but when! Learn to view the world through their lens and respond to encounters with the well-needed compassion they require. Be a part of the solution and help Arizona continue working towards making our communities safe for everyone!

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