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"Dementia Friendly Community" Coming to Herndon
Sep 2, 2017 by Toni Reinhart
“Alzheimer’s disease will touch every American family at some time or other. There aren’t many other conditions you can say that about. Today, Alzheimer’s kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined." -- U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), June 10
At the National Capital Area Alzheimer’s Association in McLean on Monday, June 10, a panel of experts and advocates gathered to discuss the widespread impact of dementia and Alzheimer's, and explore possible solutions. Participants included the National and local Alzheimer’s Association, Area Agencies on Aging, the Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
The takeaway from the meeting was that, although neither disease has a cure, there is a lot that can be done to alleviate the suffering of those affected and provide support to their caretakers.
Representatives volunteered information about the efforts each organization is making to provide that support. Toni Reinhardt, with Comfort Keepers, spoke out about her current project, which is to make Herndon the first "Dementia Friendly Community" in Virginia. Reinhardt believes that Herndon's exceptional focus on service and community makes it the ideal place for a dementia friendly community to take root.