Montgomery County’s Dementia Friendly Orientation for Business

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The session was conducted by specialist speakers who are qualified as Dementia Friendly community educators. Attendees gained new skills and resources so they can effectively conduct business.

Date: Wednesday, May 22

Time: 4:00 pm - 5.30 pm

Location: BrightFocus Foundation - Clarksburg

Training Objectives:

  • Learn about Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
  • Recognize the signs of dementia.
  • Discover tips for communicating and interacting with a person who has dementia.
  • Establish tips for creating a dementia-friendly physical space.

Lylie (Lynette) Fisher
Facilitator - Caregiver Support Program, Area Agency on Aging
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

(Note: this is not Dementia Care certification).

Dementia Friendly is a Montgomery County priority

Dementia Friendly America (DFA), is a volunteer national initiative which was announced by the White House Council on Aging in July 2015. Montgomery County, MD is proud to be one of the first 8 communities nationwide to adopt the initiative. The DFA initiative has been designed as “a movement to more effectively support and serve those across America who are living with dementia and their family and friend care partners.”

Montgomery County's DFA Speakers Bureau is already begun working toward these goals offering orientations sessions to educate and inspire local Dementia Friendly champions like you.

The Challenge:

Every day County residents (and their caregivers) experience unnecessary discomfort when running errands, dining out and attending local events. Without guidance on how to deal with awkward situations staff are often not comfortable when communicating with someone living with Dementia. Misunderstanding and embarrassment results in loss of community goodwill.

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