Memory Café Webinar: Learn How to Start a Memory Café Network!

A new webinar from Jewish Children and Family Services (JFCS) in Waltham, Massachusetts describes ways interested communities can  start a memory café network. Viewers will also learn what a memory café is and why a memory café network can help communities provide resources for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. The webinar walso provides an overview of the JFCS experience in creating a memory café network in Massachusetts and how it grew from four cafes to more than 80, as well first steps, resource requirements and challenges. JFCS’ Memory Café Toolkits in English and Spanish include information and step-by-step instructions on how to start a Memory Café. In addition, JFCS  was recently selected as one of three recipients of the 2017 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease for its Percolator Memory Café Network. JFCS is a member of the DFA network and leads the Dementia Friends Massachusetts initiative!

 

Mid-Columbia River Gorge Region, Oregon Joins DFA

Dementia Friendly America welcomes the newest member of the DFA network! The Aging in the Gorge Alliance /Alianza de la Tercera Edad is a diverse group of residents from the Mid-Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon and Washington. Their Dementia Friendly Action Team consists of community members and professionals from various disciplines, including case management, occupational therapy, behavioral health, government, long-term care, and hospice care. The community is already hard at work with a work plan that includes training police units, volunteer firefighters, and first responders; training library staff; starting a community club kit; hosting memory cafes; training long-term care facilities in Positive Approaches to Care; training transportation employees and much more! 

Montana Communities Join DFA: Billings and Missoula, Montana

New communities continue to join the Dementia Friendly America movement! Most recently, two cities in Montana—Missoula and Billings—joined DFA.  

Dementia Friendly Billings has a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee and will hold a community forum in June at the Billings public library. They are already working with the media to secure coverage of their efforts—stay tuned for a local newspaper article and coverage on a local TV station! In addition, Dementia Friendly Billings is reaching out to community sectors and is working closely with a major healthcare organization, a community health provider and the public library.

The Dementia Friendly Missoula team is composed of members representing private home services, the Missoula Public Library, the Missoula City County Health Department, the University of Montana’s Montana Geriatric Education Center, the Montana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and many more. Building upon work of the Missoula Coalition on Aging & Disability, Dementia Friendly Missoula has worked on dementia-related issues for the last two years and continues to expand on these efforts with the goal of increasing awareness of dementia and providing education and support to individuals with dementia and their care partners.

Too Soon to Forget Documentary Now Showing on Public Broadcasting

Too Soon To Forget, a documentary developed by the Without Warning support group, a program for individuals and families who live with younger onset Alzheimer’s at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, is now available to view on local public televisionToo Soon to Forgetshowcases the importance of community in facing the journey of Alzheimer's and shares the experiences and perspectives of nine families who have been affected by early-onset Alzheimer’s. The documentary was developed with leadership from Susan Frick, Director of the Without Warning program and a leader with Dementia Friendly Illinois and Dementia Friends Illinois.