Please click on a blog post below to learn more about our initiative.
If you would like to support or participate in this initiative, please email or call Dementia-Friendly Communities at 970-213-4548. [email protected]
Tuesday January 30, 2018
Thank you to a great, collaborative team of people living with dementia, care partners, and other volunteers committed to making our communities more dementia-friendly! This team worked as an energetic, productive assembly line this week to compile the resource folders for distribution to family practice, internal medicine, and neurology offices in... Read More
Tuesday November 21, 2017
Agree, Apologize, Join, Distract
I’m often asked how to diffuse agitation for someone living with dementia. Certainly, the best strategy is to avoid it altogether, but even with the best care, moments of anxiety in a person living with dementia happen, sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere. Some strategies can minimize anxiety and escalation to agitation:
paying attention to our client’s or loved one’s level of engagement in activities which promote purpose and... Read More
Wednesday May 24, 2017
“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
Monday March 13, 2017
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
Monday March 6, 2017
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
Thursday February 23, 2017
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
Thursday December 22, 2016
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
Monday September 5, 2016
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
Thursday June 23, 2016
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
Tuesday June 7, 2016
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.