Dementia Friendly Communities

In October 2020, the Georgia Gerontology Society hosted a webinar series in the hopes of encouraging attendees to work towards Dementia Friendly Communities. GGS interviewed 6 care dyads and highlighted these videos during the webinar series. The webinars and the interview videos are available here for education and training purposes. This project was made possible through funding from the Georgia Department of Human Services. 

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Lived Experiences I

Slides

Lived Experiences II

 

What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

Slides

 

Georgia Dementia Friends 5 Key Messages

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – First Signs

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – The Diagnosis Journey

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Challenges

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Dealing with Professionals

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – How to Treat People 

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Importance of Support

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Words of Wisdom from Care Partners 

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Maintaining a Good Quality of Life

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Ways Communities Can Help

 

Interviews with Care Dyads – Nuggets of Wisdom from Steve

 

Dementia Friendly Community Grants

Led by the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative, communities across the nation are taking action and becoming dementia friendly. A dementia friendly community is informed, safe, and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families and provides supportive options across the community to foster quality of life. DFA communities are working across sectors (such as with partners in health care, business and banking, legal and financial, faith communities, local government and more) to ensure they are friendly places for people with dementia and their caregivers to live. Every part of the community has a unique role in a dementia friendly community. The Georgia Gerontology Society has provided Dementia Friendly Community Grants to 10 Communities. These grants was made possible through funding from the Georgia Department of Human Services.

2018 - 2019 Community Grants

In September 2018, five grants of $2,000 were awarded to fund five organizations leading the dementia friendly effort in their communities:

  1. Alzheimer’s Outreach Center (Albany, GA)
  2. Orchard Senior Living (Brookhaven, GA)
  3. DeKalb County Human Services (DeKalb County, GA)
  4. Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (Gainesville, GA)
  5. Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (Rome, GA)

The grant period was from October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019. This GGS Dementia Friendly Community Grants Final Report summarizes their efforts to help their communities become more dementia friendlyIf you would like to connect with the project managers for more information, please contact the GGS Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org.

2019 - 2021 Community Grants

In November 2019, five grants of $2,000 were awarded to fund five organizations leading the dementia friendly effort in their communities:

  1. Caring Together in Hope/Amy’s Place (Roswell, GA)
  2. Cobb Senior Services (Cobb County, GA)
  3. Legacy Link, Inc. (GA Mountains region)
  4. Three Rivers Regional Commission AAA (Heard County, GA)
  5. Valdosta State University/Alzheimer’s Daycare Program (Valdosta, GA) 

Due to complications from COVID-19, these grants have been extended to April 30, 2021. A final report will be available here at the conclusion of the grant period. If you would like to connect with the project managers for more information, please contact the GGS Executive Director at administrator@georgiagerontologysociety.org.