An exciting new initiative of the Senior Services Division
County Executive Jan Gardner announced that the Senior Services Division has initiated the process for Frederick County to become certified as a “Dementia Friendly” community through Dementia Friendly America. This national initiative educates the public, supports families touched by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and promotes meaningful participation in community life.
“The new Senior Services Division is working hard to create a culture that embraces individuals with dementia,” Executive Gardner said. “Our goal is for everyone to live as independently as possible, for as long as possible, in the community they call home.”
Frederick County is leading the way by offering “Dementia Live” training to health care providers, caregivers and first responders about what a person with cognitive problems may be experiencing. Participants use specialized gear to simulate what it is like for someone with dementia to complete basic tasks. They experience sensory changes and confusion, which enables them to develop a deeper understanding of those living with dementia.
Watch the public information briefing.