The Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs has a new initiative to raise awareness about the prevalence of dementia in our state, in an effort to make our communities and those who live in them more “friendly” to those who suffer from dementia. Did you know that one in eight older adults in Massachusetts has Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder? Nearly 60 percent of those with dementia live in their own communities. One in seven of those with dementia lives alone.
Those who suffer with this disease, and their caregivers, need support, and Massachusetts is one of the states taking the lead in this “dementia friendly” initiative. Please watch this short 2.5-minute video to learn more about the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative. We were so pleased to see our wonderful clients Al and Jackie DeMeo in the video. Hopefully it will inspire you to work with others to make your community safer, more inclusive, and respectful for residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.