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Dementia Friendly Initiatives

Insight Memory Care Center is proud to be an integral part of Dementia Friendly America initiatives in our community. Dementia Friendly America is an initiative to bring awareness of and support for those who are living with dementia and their caregivers. We have helped to champion these initiatives here through adopting the Dementia Friendly Herndon pilot as our own program, and starting dementia friendly efforts throughout Fairfax County through assisting with the creation of Dementia Friendly Fairfax. We also offered the first regional symposium for Dementia Friendly communities, encouraging their growth and collaboration.

Dementia Friendly Herndon is an initiative to bring awareness of and support for those living with dementia and their caregivers in the Herndon area. Dementia Friendly Herndon is a member of the Dementia Friendly America Network and is a program of Insight Memory Care Center.

In 2017, Toni Reinhart founded Dementia Friendly Herndon as the first local Dementia Friendly community in Virginia. The first initiative was to focus on the faith-based sector. Dementia Friendly Herndon has successfully educated over 300 people from local churches and religious organizations. Next, they worked with first responders to help them understand how to better interact with people with dementia. In 2019, Dementia Friendly Herndon worked with the restaurant sector to educate and train staff members of local Herndon restaurants on how to serve people with dementia patronizing their restaurant.

Want to get involved with Dementia Friendly Herndon? Please contact Toni Reinhart.

 

Dementia Friendly Fairfax envisions our community as a place where people living with dementia and their care partners will be able to engage in a variety of activities, be supported in the highest quality of life, and can live independently for as long as possible.

Dementia Friendly Fairfax initiative started in July 2019 through a partnership with Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads and Insight Memory Care Center. The Fairfax Area Commission on Aging and Fairfax Area Agency on Aging support Dementia Friendly Fairfax. The Commission on Aging has included Dementia Friendly Fairfax initiative in the new SHAPE Plan (formerly 50+ plan).

The long-term goal is to have the action team(s) to include members from each magisterial district within Fairfax County (Dranesville, Hunter Mill, Sully, Providence, Mason, Braddock, Springfield, Lee and Mount Vernon) as well as the City of Fairfax and City of Falls Church.

Want to get involved with Dementia Friendly Fairfax? Please contact Robin McGlothin.

 

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