Doylestown, PA has joined the Dementia Friendly America network of communities. Dementia Friendly Doylestown is a diverse group of sector-based representatives positioned to increase dementia awareness, through action, in the heart of Bucks County, PA. Better known as Central Bucks, the area consists of 122 square miles and has a population just over 100,000 residents. The county ranks 4th overall in those 60-years of age and older within Pennsylvania. The Dementia Friendly Doylestown will first create open house events at the local senior activity center focused on educating the general public on basic facts regarding dementia, caregiving and brain health. Following the rollout of a series of events, the committee will begin targeted dementia-aware training campaigns to address sector-specific needs for the community at large. In addition to making the region more dementia-friendly, dementia-ready, and dementia-prepared, the ultimate goal of the DFA-Doylestown initiative is to enhance the quality of life for all of its residents.
The state of Delaware, with leadership from the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD), has joined the Dementia Friendly America network of communities. In December 2013, the DSAAPD, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, released the Delaware State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. The plan was developed out of recognition of the enormous social, emotional, and economic impact of Alzheimer’s disease and the need to find creative approaches to support the many people impacted in Delaware. Delaware plans to continue its efforts of Alzheimer’s work by joining the Dementia Friendly America network. In doing so, Delaware will work with businesses around the state to address caregiver needs in the workplace, a critical part of the Delaware State Plan. Key partners include The Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, Christiana Care Medical Health System, and Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long.