Dementia Friendly Community
We will be offering more courses to the community for businesses to get involved in the movement to make Bloomington a Dementia Friendly Community! You can click on the image below to learn about the movement across America and how to get involved. At the bottom of this page there is also a link to take a quiz to become a certified Alzheimer's Friendly Business. You can also give us a call and we will come out in person to meet and train you and your staff! I encourage you to take a peek and be a part of making a difference here in your community.
Dementia is a growing issue among our aging population, affecting more than 4 million people in the US alone. Living with dementia is difficult to say the least, and often causes people and their families to isolate themselves, because their communities are not always able to accommodate them, work with them, and integrate them with in the normal routines.
Dementia Friendly America is an effort to create communities that are friendly and accommodating for people living with dementia and their families/friends. The effort looks at ALL aspects of a community, from access and usability of parks, ease of interacting with retail shops/restaurants, educating legal and financial providers to identifying dementia and addressing issues that might arise within our local government offices, police and EMTs.
Bloomington is gearing up to implement Dementia Friendly America here locally, as a kick-off for a state-wide effort. Bloomington has already been identified as the focal point across the entire state for implementing Dementia Friendly America practices and is starting to roll out a community-wide meeting to assess where our strengths are, and where our needs are, and how to address them.
You can get involved by taking a course to have your local business trained and become a certified Dementia Friendly Business. You will need to have at least 50% of your employees go through training and complete the quiz. Once this is complete and you have a general understanding about the disease and how to make a friendly environment through communication and understanding.
While we are working on our online training you can access this online training through Home Instead Senior Care at the link below. You may need to copy and paste if the link does not go directly to the course.
Once you complete the course print out your certificate and test and send it to the local office either by email, fax or call Rebecca Nunley to come follow up with you or request training in person.
1355 W. Bloomfield Rd. Suite 2
Please give me a call or email once complete if able so we can follow up with you and answer any questions or give additional training you may want.
We also want to make sure the community knows that your business is making a difference!
A big "Thanks a bunch!" to recognize Rebecca Nunley for being so committed to the cause, even before we knew what we were doing. And for your wise words for this page.
I certainly appreciate you!
For more free online learning opportunities, go to the site below. Courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association.
Click here to see the current Dementia Certified Businesses