Alabama Expands Dementia Friendly Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), part of Dementia Friendly America, is one of 13 Area Agencies on Aging that received a 2017 six-month $10,000 grant to develop its local Dementia Friendly Law Enforcement and First Responder training program. M4A recently received an additional one year $10,000 grant from the CAWACO Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. to expand their training program, replenish all training materials and recruit new volunteer trainers.  In August 2018, the initiative providedtraining to all firefighters in the city of Alabaster, Alabama on how they can support individuals with dementia that they encounter in their work, including connecting people to community resources. The Alabaster police department completed the training earlier in the year.