Leading the nation in the creation and proliferation of dementia-friendly communities is quite a responsibility to bear, but the Land of 10,000 Lakes has made it look somewhat easy with the implementation of more than 43 such communities in the span of just four years.
On any given weekday at 210 North Champion Street in Columbus, Ohio, elders and preschoolers can be seen mixing bubble solutions and puffing at them together in the activity room, caring for plants outside in the mobile gardening units, reading books aloud to one another in the classroom, or rehearsing a play in the auditorium.
Erica Girgenti’s appointment as director of a senior center in Western Massachusetts was met with some skepticism because of her age. Yes, her age. Not because she is older, but because she is younger—a millennial, in fact.
The Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod is a non-profit organization designed to be age- and dementia-friendly, which means that the programs are organized in a way that enables individuals of all ages and disease states to participate in the program.
With the help of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Massachusetts has become a bit of a standout star within the age-friendly community movement.
The founding purpose of Lifesongs, a multi-generational music and storytelling program in Santa Fe, N.M., is working with people who are nearly removed from society and give them a voice and a stage to share it.
Michael Rossato-Bennett, director of the award-winning documentary, Alive Inside, is teaming up with Dr. Bill Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour to create a first-of-its kind workshop to Disrupt Dementia.
If Charles House in Chapel Hill, N.C., sounds like a Green House Project home, it’s not an accident. When executive director Paul Klever and his colleagues set out to design the homes, their goal was to create the farthest thing from an institution as possible.