Wake Forest leader in Dementia Friendly movement in North Carolina
As our population ages the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia (for a description of dementia and Alzheimer’s see the previous post) continues to increase. While people with dementia may eventually end up homebound or in care facilities, most spend years living in their communities, going to places of worship, stores, banks and restaurants and encountering law enforcement and medical workers
Better preparing everyone from waiters to police officers to support them and their caregivers is the goal of a growing movement for “dementia-friendly communities.” Dementia Friendly America® is the nation organization that represents a multi-sector collaborative on a mission to foster such communities. Visit their site here:
Wake Forest is one of the first communities in North Carolina to pursue the “dementia friendly” designation. Through the auspices of the Senior Information and Networking Group – Wake Forest (SING-WF, website https://www.sing-wf.com/), the community has begun the four-phase process to build and maintain an environment that supports those with dementia and the caregivers that support them. These four phases are identified as: Convene, Engage, Analyze, Act.
Phase I is well underway in the Wake Forest Community with a series of informational and training sessions that have been held at the Renaissance Center for SING-WF members and the general public. These sessions have laid the groundwork for subsequent phases and provided training in the dementia friendly process and certification. The idea is to ‘convene’ individuals in the community and engage them in increasing their awareness and providing them a toolkit to build the dementia friendly community.
Next up is beginning phase two of the process where sectors of the general community are invited to participate and learn how they can become a part of the initiative. Targeted sectors include:
- Memory Loss Supports and Services
- Banks and Financial Services
- Neighbors and Community Members
- Independent Living
- Communities of Faith
- Care Throughout the Continuum
- Emergency Planning and First Response Legal and Advanced Planning Services Transportation, Housing, and Public Spaces.
Coming up on February 7, from 8 -10 am at Carillon Assisted Living in Wake Forest, SING-WF will hold a training session for businesses to become certified as a dementia friendly business. For more information go to the SING-WF web page at:
Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh is a member of the SING-WF organization and proudly supports this effort to make Wake Forest dementia friendly. Please join us in supporting this worthy initiative.
Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).