Holyoke Announces Dementia Friendly Community Efforts Text Size

On November 29, Mayor Alex B. Morse and the Council on Aging announced its partnerships with community organizations in an effort for Holyoke to be a Dementia Friendly Community. A dementia friendly community is defined as one where residents are informed and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families and provides supportive options for improved quality of life. The project will include educational programs, a resourceful website, and various components that will fill in the gaps for resources not being provided. One of these will be the Paper City Memory Cafe which will be held the second Monday of every month from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm at the Holyoke Senior Center at 291 Pine Street. The Cafe is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their friends and family. For more information on the Cafe, please call Sharon at 413-439-5590.

Partners who will be contributing to the project include: Alzheimer’s Association, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Choices Elder Support, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke Council on Aging and Senior Center, Holyoke Fire Department, Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke VNA & Hospice Life Care, O’Connell Care at Home, River Valley Counseling Center, Sisters of Providence Health Systems, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Soldiers Home of Holyoke, State Representative Aaron Vega, the Loomis Communities, UMass School of Nursing, WestMass ElderCare, and more.

For more information, visit dementia friendly  communities.

Posted on November 30, 2016 by