Creating a Culture Change: Sector Trainings for Dementia Friendly Communities for East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Stevenson Center, dementia, dementia friendly communities, persons with dementia, older adults, area agencies on aging, Alzheimer’s, community development, non-profit sector, gerontology
Regarding dementia, the public usually does not have a clear understanding of what it is and what it entails. People use it interchangeably with Alzheimer’s, which is not the same; and people fear it as it is part of the aging process, which is understandable but not true. Both of these misconceptions and more can be countered by implementing a dementia-friendly community (DFC). DFCs are cities that bring together different sectors (banks, hospitals, libraries, etc.) to create a cohesive network of resources, with their employees trained to interact with and bring awareness to persons with dementia (PWDs). During my practicum at East Central Illinois Agency on Aging (ECIAAA), I created presentations called sector trainings that provided this information. Through this experience and dementia trainings provided, I connected what I learned on the field to my anthropology and community development classes.
Buendia, Genesis Marie, "Creating a Culture Change: Sector Trainings for Dementia Friendly Communities for East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging" (2021). Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development—Student Research. 46.