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If you would like to support or participate in this initiative, please email or call Dementia-Friendly Communities at 970-213-4548. [email protected]

ONE Question to ask when searching for a long term care facility

By: Cyndy Wednesday May 24, 2017 comments

“How do I know what facilities to consider if I need to move my loved one?” 

THAT is a topic of discussion in some of our recent care partners’ support group meetings.  As I’ve toured more facilities, spoken with senior professionals, and collaborated with other dementia experts in our area to provide consultation and teaching,  ONE question stands out to me as THE FIRST question I would ask when searching for a long term memory care facility.  The answer to this ONE question tells us how much the leadership team of the... Read More


B Sharp Visual Arts Engagement

Monday March 13, 2017 comments

B Sharp Visual Arts Engagement

The B Sharp Arts Engagement is expanding into the visual arts in Northern Colorado   The Fort Collins Museum of Art has eagerly offered to work with the B Sharp Arts Engagement team to provide a visual and hands-on experience that will provide mental stimulation and a meaningful shared experience with the care partner and the person living with dementia.  This experience will include 4-5 couples who will participate in 4 weekly sessions as they prepare their own memory masks to be a part of the Mask  display at the Museum April 7-May 5.  These couples, like those in the B Sharp... Read More


Cruise of Hope

By: Cyndy Monday March 6, 2017 comments

If you and your family have ever wanted to TAKE A CRUISE together, this fall may be your time!  We are going to join other friends and families across the country who are walking this dementia journey together.  We will cruise to the Bahamas November 11-18, 2017.    Ballpark high estimate cost including tips ($25/day on average per couple) approximately $1500 per person from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  (actual lowest price for cabin... Read More


We are a 501c3 organization!

By: Cyndy Thursday February 23, 2017 comments Tags: Dementia Friendly Communities

We are a 501c3 organization!

Our “Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado”® volunteer initiative is officially a nonprofit organization now!   Since we started in November, 2015,  the momentum for this effort has been so positive, that we are able to partner as an “official”  501c3 corporation with other organizations in Northern Colorado to make our communities increasingly more dementia-aware and dementia-friendly.

To that end, our 2017 goals are bold.  They require collaboration among many of us in Northern Colorado which is why our goals are fully... Read More


Contented Dementia

By: Cyndy Thursday December 22, 2016 comments

Contented Dementia

Penny Garner, Contented Dementia Trust founder

 

Dad was a brilliant researcher and fisherman, but he was an even better father.  So, when he shared his concern with me several years ago that his thinking was foggy,  I started to do some research of my own.  I realized we were headed on the dementia journey, not knowing at the time where the journey would take us.  With divine timing and circumstances, three weeks after Dad shared his frustration with me, I was... Read More


2016 Goals in Review

Monday September 5, 2016 comments

2016 Goals in Review

Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia.  Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia.  Research is exploding with potential treatments and "cures" for various causes of dementia.  Until the "cures" are found, we all can learn simple strategies and techniques so that our friends and neighbors walking the dementia journey don't have to walk alone.    That's what the “Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado” initiative is all about.  We are leveraging the expertise, resources, activities, and momentum in our communities so... Read More


Northern Colorado Keeps Rocking!

Thursday June 23, 2016 comments

June in Northern Colorado has been a month of increasing dementia awareness and momentum building for "Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado."   In addition to the communication strategies class taught by Katie Fahrenbruch (Alzheimer's Association Regional Director) open to the public, people from many agencies and organizations have participated in dementia education this month: The Community Advisory Committee, Foothills Gateway, The Northern Colorado Pulmonary Clinic, The Loveland Chilson Senior Center, The Community Case Managers at UC Health, and several groups of staff at... Read More


Dementia Care Partner Grants

Tuesday June 7, 2016 comments

Care Partners in Northern Colorado:

You might want to know about this!  Grants are available for dementia care partners and awarded on a quarterly basis.  

This is sponsored/funded through Home Instead and Hilarity for Charity. 

They award 3 types of grants:

Year Long - 25 hours/week for 52 weeks

Mid-Length - 15 hours/week for 52 weeks

Short Term - 1 time grant/25 hours, in hourly increments

Seems that a care partner in Northern Colorado ought to be the next to receive one of these grants. Read More


Spring in Dementia-friendly Northern Colorado

Monday April 18, 2016 comments

Purple Angel Proud-Fort Collins Senior Center                                                                                                                               ... Read More


Beavers Market--First store in Northern Colorado to become dementia-friendly

By: Cyndy Tuesday March 1, 2016 comments

For almost 40 years now, Beavers Market has proudly served the Fort Collins area. The small family owned grocery store boasts that its customers are met with smiling faces and unmatched personal attention. The staff members treat everyone who walks through their doors like a friend and neighbor. This week, they participated in dementia-friendly training to add that little extra compassion and awareness to their already stellar customer service. Beavers Market is the FIRST grocery store in Northern Colorado to become dementia-friendly! Thank you, Doug Beaver and staff, for leading the way for other... Read More





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