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"Dementia Friendly Herndon": A talk given to the Herndon Town Council

Jan 30, 2018 by Toni Reinhart

By 2025 the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias is expected to be over 7.1 million people. More than 60 percent of people living with dementia reside in their own homes – not assisted living or memory care, and 1 in 7 of those live alone. If you don’t know someone living with dementia now, you probably will in the near future.

How can we best support these people? Dementia Friendly America was started to create communities that are more friendly and accessible to those living with dementia and their care partners. We want to raise awareness for those living with dementia and create communities where they feel understood.

 

Dementia Friendly Herndon will be the first community in the commonwealth of Virginia to become dementia friendly. We are working with the team at the state level to create a pilot city here in Herndon that we can replicate throughout the commonwealth.

Our goals as a dementia friendly community are to increase awareness in the community about those living with dementia and create a more welcoming environment. We will be reaching out to all sectors of the community, from the police and emergency response teams, to the local restaurants, grocery stores and hairdressers.

We will be doing this through public education seminars, speaking engagements and training and workshops we can bring directly to the businesses and community partners in Herndon. For instance, we can help a restaurant understand where to seat people with dementia and how to make the ordering process easier for them. This is being done in Boston under a Purple Table program. The participating restaurants are listed on their website. We would like to do that here in Herndon.

We have put together a team of professionals who are trained in dementia care and communication and we are ready to offer workshops and training to make Herndon a better place for all of us. Please go to our website www.DFAHerndon.org - you can sign up yourself or a business for a workshop, keep in touch with us, or get resources.

On the site, there is a video that showcases what dementia is like for someone living with dementia and how easy it can be for people to help make their day a little better.

I hope you will view the video we have on the site and help us create a Dementia Friendly Herndon.

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