Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s has inspired a national project—the Dementia Friendly America initiative! The initiative was announced at the White House Conference on Aging on Monday, July 13th.
Families and communities in every city, town, and rural area in the U.S. are feeling the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Over five million Americans—one in eight age 65 and older and one in three age 85 and older—is living with dementia. They are supported by 15.5 million family members and friends.
Building on the ACT on Alzheimer’s community engagement model employed throughout Minnesota, the Dementia Friendly America initiative is fostering dementia friendliness in communities across the country. The initiative will be deployed through web-based resources and technical assistance.
Tempe, Arizona; Prince George’s County, Maryland; Knoxville, Tennessee; Santa Clara County, California; Denver, Colorado; and the state of West Virginia will be early adopters of the dementia friendly community process.
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