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Laying the Groundwork for an Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann
AGE & DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CAPE ANN
The Ten Areas of Focus in Our Community
Adapted from the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Initiative and the Dementia Friendly America Initiative.
Age & Dementia Friendly Community Forums Held in November
Dr. Caitlin Coyle from UMass Boston facilitated discussions with residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester by the Sea about how to make Cape Ann more age & dementia friendly. Members from all aspects of the community were encouraged to attend, including caregivers and persons directly impacted by aging and dementia, government, human service agencies, health and beauty, finance and banking, media and information services, private business. Interested individuals are welcome to attend one or all of the Forums.
The Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann needs assessment will continue in the coming months with focus groups and more.
SeniorCare Age & Dementia Friendly Initiative topic of discuss at 2017 AARP Livable Communities National Conference
“Age- and Dementia-Friendly Together on the Massachusetts Coast” was a breakout session on day 1 of the conference (11/15/2017)
SeniorCare CEO Scott Trenti presents at Dementia Friendly Massachusetts: Creating Welcoming Communities (11/9/2017)
World Health Organization’s Definition of an ‘Age-Friendly Community’
An inclusive and accessible community environment that optimizes opportunities for health, participation and security, in order that quality of life and dignity are ensured as people age.
Dementia Friendly America’s Definition of a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’
A community that is informed, safe, and respectful to foster quality of life for those living with dementia and their care partners.
Support for this initiative was provided in part by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Support for the initial community assessment was provided in part by a grant from The North Shore Community Health Network.
Marketing materials for Age & Dementia Friendly Cape Ann have been produced from a grant awarded to the Massachusetts Councils on Aging by the Massachusetts Executive Officer of Elder Affairs and Department of Mental Health.