Another Lone Star State Community Joins the DFA Network: Welcome San Antonio!

In a great example of Dementia Friendly communities working closely with the education sector, Dementia Friendly San Antonio (DFSA) is led by an advisory board of community members and Caring for Caregiver program, which is based at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. These partners came together to form DFSA to address the pressing need in Texas for an inclusive community that supports families touched by dementia. More than 390,000 Texans age 65 years and older live with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and this number is expected to grow by nearly 30 percent by the year 2025. By embracing cross-sector approach to partnerships, DFSA has implemented initiatives across an array of community sectors. At a Dementia Friendly town hall meeting, DFSA’s advisory board gathered more than 250 community stakeholders for a roundtable discussion that addressed themes and priorities important to the San Antonio community. DFSA advisory board is leading the charge to begin addressing these priorities. The board includes representatives from committed sectors consisting of the University of Texas San Antonio School of Nursing, the University Health System and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.