LRCOG has been assisting Bladen and Richmond Counties on their Dementia Friendly Initiative to create a dementia friendly community throughout their counties. A dementia friendly community is defined as one that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families, provides supportive options, and fosters quality of life. LRCOG will be working with Hoke, Robeson and Scotland Counties in the coming year to roll out the initative in those counties as well.
Bladen County Dementia Friendly Initiative is being led by; Commissioner Charles Peterson, County Manager Greg Martin, Kelly Robeson, Director of Bladen County Aging and members from other county agencies throughout Bladen County. The Dementia Friendly Initiative partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern Chapter on a 3-series Alzheimer’s Educational Program that was held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bladen County.
Richmond County Dementia Friendly Initiative is being led by; Robby Hall, Director of Richmond County Social Services, Mitch Humphrey, Adult Service Supervisor at Richmond County Department of Social Services and Jacqueline Welch, Executive Director of Richmond County Aging Services and members from other county agencies throughout Richmond County. The Dementia Friendly Initiative partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association Western Chapter on a 3-series Alzheimer’s Educational Program that was held at RC Cole Auditorium in Hamlet. They are currently in the planning stages of an Alzheimer’s Walk, scheduled for Saturday, October 20, 2018.
The Bladen and Richmond communities are taking action by leveraging tailored resources in business, community-based services and supports, faith communities, health care communities, legal and financial services, local government and residential settings. The work toward dementia friendliness involves:
Raising awareness about dementia and transforming attitudes
Having supportive options that foster quality of life
Supporting caregivers and families touched by the disease
Promoting meaningful participation in community life
Reaching those who are underserved