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Posted on: January 29, 2019

Preparing for a Dementia Friendly Chautauqua

MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- Chautauqua County is coming together to understand how well the community serves people with dementia and explore how we can act together to improve opportunities and outcomes for people with dementia by becoming a dementia friendly community.

“As County Executive and a business owner with my wife Kelly, I have thought about our residents living with dementia and ensuring they receive the right assistance and customer service needed in our communities,” said Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello. “Recognizing that we have a growing older population, I am joining with the Chautauqua County Long-term Care council to invite businesses, human service providers, and people living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia to this organizational meeting to share your perspectives on making Chautauqua County ‘Dementia Friendly.’”

The prevalence of dementia is rapidly increasing as the number of people with dementia is expected to double for individuals aged 75-84 and triple for those over age 85.  Younger onset Alzheimer’s, occurring in people under age 65 is also on the rise. All sectors in our community must prepare to address the growing opportunities and needs faced by people with the dementia, their families, caregivers, employers, and community as a whole. 

“It’s still taboo to talk about dementia and there are many misconceptions about this ailment”, said Dr. Mary Ann Spanos.  “I am hopeful this action team will start to break down barriers in our community so we can help people and families dealing with this problem live as successfully as possible.”

Please join the Dementia Friendly Chautauqua Committee to help prepare for this critical community issue. The initial meeting will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in the Hall R. Clothier Building, Room B6, 7 North Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757. To learn more about the meeting contact NY Connects at 753-4582 and for more information on Dementia Friendly America movement spreading across the United States visit www.dfamerica.org.

 

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