DEMENTIA FRIENDLY INITIATIVES

There are efforts around the world to create communities that are welcoming, safe, and comfortable for people experiencing symptoms of dementia. Georgia has many projects and initiatives happening across the state to join in these efforts.

In January 2018, a strategy group formed to begin sharing ideas and bringing efforts together for a dementia-friendly Georgia. The Department of Human Services holds the sub-license for Dementia Friends, which is a global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom and now underway in the United States.

Dementia Spotlight Foundation has been an active part of this strategy group since inception and assisted in writing and applying for Georgia’s Dementia Friends sub-license which was excitingly approved this past January. DSF has recently been asked to chair the work group and our President/Co-Founder is one of the first Dementia Friends Champions in Georgia.

The goal of this program is to help everyone in a community understand five key messages about dementia, how it affects people, and how each of us can make a difference for people living with dementia.

A Dementia Friend participates in a one-hour information session run by a Dementia Friends Champion.

Community Mini-Grants

Supported by funds from the Department of Human Services, the Georgia Gerontology Society (GGS) awarded five communities mini-grants to begin dementia friendly efforts. Dementia Spotlight Foundation is proud to be partnering with DeKalb County Government in Atlanta and to have been a recipient of one of these community grants. Focus groups were just completed across the county and Dementia Friends Informational sessions are being held this Summer and early Fall across DeKalb county. All communities receiving a mini-grant follow and we look forward to all working together!

  • Alzheimer’s Outreach Center, Albany
  • DeKalb County Government, Atlanta
  • Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville
  • Northwest Georgia Regional Commission AAA, Rome
  • Orchard Senior Living, Brookhaven

For more information on Dementia Friends, visit www.dementiafriendsusa.org or to schedule a Dementia Friends Informational Session near you, contact Whitney Oeltmann at whitney@dementiaspotlightfoundation.org.

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