The Dementia Friendly America program entered the national stage in July when it was announced at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

DFA creates a framework to train everyone from city and county officials to business leaders and community volunteers on how to better interact with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The goal is to assist neighbors, officials and other community members who may have been unable to recognize the signs of dementia with new tools that will help identify and communicate with those with cognitive impairments.

DFA is tailored to each community adopting it, allowing organizers the flexibility to serve their needs. “It’s an amazing opportunity,” said Holly Osters, director of memory care at New Perspective Senior Living. “We’ve done it in one of our communities so far, and we’ve partnered with the fire department, the police department, EMS and we’ve just the local grocery stores around our community involved.”

To learn more about the eight early-adopter DFA communities, see the full article “Dementia Friendly America Brings New Awareness to Neighborhoods” in the March/April issue of Senior Living Executive.

Senior Living Executive magazine recognizes MatrixCare for its generous support and thought leadership of Argentum’s 2016 memory care programming.

 

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