The mayors of St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva signed a joint proclamation on Aug. 17, 2020, at their respective City Council meetings recognizing the three cities as Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities.
The Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities initiative, spearheaded by Jackie Mulshine of Silverado Memory Care and Vicki Montgomery of Strohschein Law Group, was created with guidance from Dementia Friendly America to recognize a community’s commitment to supporting families struggling with a dementia diagnosis.
The key priorities for the Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities Initiative include:
- Building awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia for area families,
- Making training available, adaptable and easily accessible for this growing population and their caregivers,
- Providing practical tools and guidelines for our first responders and other critical support services,
- Fostering and communicating dementia friendly practices for the benefit of our entire community, and
- Championing and coordinating the contributions of local services, government agencies and social services to drive common messages and minimize complexity.
According to the organization, more than 5 million Americans and 15 million caregivers are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
The Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities committee is comprised of 38 members, representing nine sectors. Many of the members have dementia-related resources available to share with the community as the need arises.
St. Charles Mayor Raymond P. Rogina has strongly supported the initiative.
“Venturing out in public can be daunting for someone with dementia, resulting in isolation at home,” he said. “Building awareness of the challenges those with dementia and their caregivers face will help our community become more supportive.”
Jim Di Ciaula, president of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, said the Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities group believes that creating a dementia supportive community enriches the lives of families, service providers, schools, government and businesses.
“With compassion, respect, and understanding for those seniors and their families who suffer in silence and isolation, we strive to enhance the vitality of our communities,” he said.
For additional information on the Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities initiatives, educational opportunities, or to support these efforts please contact the group at Dementia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities news release
Dementia Friendly America Facebook Post