Inside look at The Colorado Springs Dementia Friendly Community Initiative

The goal of the Colorado Springs Dementia Friendly Community Initiative is to create a community that supports individuals living with dementia and helps bring meaning, purpose and value to their lives. With the Alzheimer’s Association estimating that the number of Coloradans living with Alzheimer’s will increase to 92,000 in 2025 from 71,000 in 2018, the initiative has gotten started by educating the community on the signs of dementia, ways to best interact with a person living with dementia and by encouraging all sectors of the community to adopt dementia-friendly practices. A key aspect of the Initiative has been its cross-sector connections. Members of the Initiative represent nonprofit organizations, businesses, local governments and the Alzheimer’s Association. This diversity in membership will allow the Initiative to expand into additional community sectors. The group has received support from Adams Bank and Trust, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Colorado Springs, and the Commission on Aging, a group that advises City Council and the Mayor on aging issues, especially as they affect the municipal government policies and operations.