Making Massachusetts "Dementia Friendly" Leadership Summit Convenes on May 9
WATERTOWN, MA (May 2016) - In the United States, an estimated 5.1 million people 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. In Massachusetts, 1 in 8 older adults has Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Nearly 60 percent of those with dementia live in their own communities and 1 in 7 lives alone. Communities across the country are experiencing an urgent call to support people with dementia and their caregivers by becoming “dementia friendly.” Massachusetts is taking a lead in answering that call.
On May 9, a group of leaders and stakeholders from around the Commonwealth will launch a state-wide conversation about “dementia friendly” communities and solicit input from grassroots advocates and thought leaders. This DEMENTIA FRIENDLY MASSACHUSETTS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT will represent key sectors, and geographic and cultural communities.
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About Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA)
Executive Office of Elder Affairs holds a vision that older adults and individuals with disabilities will have access to the resources they need to live well and thrive in every community in the Commonwealth. The EOEA promotes the independence, empowerment, and well-being of older adults, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers. EOEA’s six strategic goals include: supporting aging in community; preparing for evolving demographic trends; empowering healthy aging; preventing injury, violence, and exploitation; strengthening “no wrong door” access to aging and disability services; and ensuring quality, value, and person-centered care. Through the statewide elder services network, EOEA provides services locally via Aging Services Access Points (ASAP), Councils on Aging (COA), Aging and Disability Resource Consortia, (ADRC) and senior centers in communities across the Commonwealth. This network provides elder services that include home care, caregiver support, nutrition programs, protective services, wellness services, and more.
About Jewish Family & Children’s Service
For 150 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Service has focused on a singular, powerful mission – to improve people's lives. With an integrated network of more than 40 programs serving communities throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts, JF&CS helps people of all faiths and backgrounds meet life’s challenges. JF&CS programs focus on serving particularly vulnerable populations including children and adults with disabilities or mental illness, new mothers and their infants, seniors living with chronic conditions, and people experiencing financial crisis, hunger, or domestic abuse. Please visit www.jfcsboston.org for more information.