Becoming dementia friendly
Dealing with dementia can be lonely for many families, but we’re working to change that. It is estimated that there will be nearly 20,000 people living with dementia in Pierce County by 2030. By increasing awareness and offering supportive services, LCS Northwest is a leader in creating a dementia friendly Pierce County.
We are offering three dementia friendly services, in addition to our existing programming:
- Dementia Friends
- Opening Minds through Art (OMA)
- Memory Ensemble
Due to COVID-19, Dementia Friends and Opening Minds through Art (OMA) are currently virtual sessions. We will update the website when we are able to meet again in person. Memory Ensemble will begin when it is safe to meet in person.
Focusing on community education, our goal is to increase awareness for dementia and reduce the stigma associated with it.
“The Dementia Friends information session was helpful to us because it has allowed us to view people with dementia as some of the most precious, sensitive, and valuable human beings. We have a new and profound appreciation for them! Thank you LCSNW for helping us become Dementia Friends.”
~ Janet Brown
Beacon Senior Center Activity Coordinator
Build community, get involved
We need your help in building a dementia-friendly community. Three ways to get involved are:
- Listen and Advocate – Invite us to present a FREE one-hour information session to your organization, business or community group. Education is key to reducing stigma.
- Volunteer – Our information sessions will help you work with people who are living with dementia. We will find the right role for you to help create a Dementia Friendly Pierce County.
- Recommend – Share information about our Dementia Services with others.
To learn more about becoming a dementia friend, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening Minds Through Art (OMA)
We pair people with dementia with trained volunteers to create works of art in this six week program. OMA gives people living with dementia the opportunity to freely express themselves artistically and:
- Helps people with dementia live more fully
- Builds relationships between people with dementia and volunteers
- Shows that people with dementia remain creative and can express themselves uniquely, even with memory issues
To learn more about OMA, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at email@example.com
Partnering with community theaters and trained volunteers, people with dementia will use improv techniques to draw upon their remaining strengths and use imagination rather than memory.
To learn more about Dementia Services and our programs, please call 253-272-8433 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions
What is Dementia Friendly Pierce County?
Dementia Friendly Pierce County is an initiative to create a community who understands the needs of people living with dementia and their care partners and who commits to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive place for them. The initiative is funded by a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living, in support of the nationwide Alzheimer’s Disease Program initiative.
How many people in Pierce County have dementia?
12,497 and this number is expected to grow to 19,757 in the next 10 years.
What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?
Dementia is the umbrella term used for a spectrum of diagnosis regarding cognitive diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and others. So while Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, the term dementia encompasses much more.
How many family members are care partners to someone with Alzheimer’s?
In Washington State there are over 353,000 family caregivers providing over 402 million hours of care annually.
Is dementia fatal?
The diseases under the umbrella of dementia are fatal at some point, the length of time between diagnosis and death vary by individual. There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s, though much research is being done on this front.
What can I do to lower my risk of getting dementia?
Studies have shown that healthy eating, moderate exercise and engaging in activities that stimulate the brain are helpful.
How can I help someone with dementia?
Learning to be compassionate and patient with people with cognitive issues is a great first step. You can learn more by becoming a Dementia Friend. Sessions are currently virtual, last one hour, suitable for all ages, and free. Email email@example.com for more information or attend a session.
Where can I find out more about dementia?
You can contact the LCS Northwest Dementia Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other resources include:
Washington State Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/alzwa
Pierce County ADRC: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/1986/Aging-and-Disability-Resources
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