In Massachusetts, 1 in 8 older adults has Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. Nearly 60 percent of those with dementia live in their own communities and 1 in 7 lives alone. Communities across the country are experiencing an urgent call to support people with dementia and their caregivers by becoming "dementia friendly." Massachusetts is taking a lead in answering that call.
A short 2.5 minute video introduction to the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative is now available! To view it, please select the link below. Note that closed captions are available by clicking on the rectangle labeled "CC" at the bottom right of the video's screen. The goal of this video is to inspire people to work with others to make their community safer, more inclusive and respectful for residents affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Please share the video widely (e.g., in emails, presentations, websites, social media and newsletters) and encourage others to do so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkGX3jkfxkA
On March 25, 2019 a group consisting of business, bank, post office and church met to discuss moving forward on this initiative. All signed on to make this happen, and that evening the Selectboard also signed on. In the coming weeks and months, trainings will be happening and subtle changes made to help us before Dementia Friendly, joining most of the state in becoming the first state to have reached all the towns and cities.