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Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles designated dementia-friendly

Local group spearheads effort to provide support, resources on dementia

Dementia Friendly America has designated thee cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles a Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities, according to a news release.
Dementia Friendly America has designated thee cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles a Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities, according to a news release.

Dementia Friendly America has designated thee cities of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles a Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities, according to a news release.

This designation recognizes the local community’s commitment and attention on becoming more supportive to families struggling with a dementia diagnosis.

The Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities group was launched to create a community that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers and to provide supportive options that foster quality of life, according to the release.

The group recognizes that the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is steadily rising, and that both the area business and resident communities lack necessary information and resources, the release stated.

The Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities Advisory Board is engaging in a process to aid the local community to become more dementia friendly.

The Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities initiative is being spearheaded by Jackie Mulshine of Silverado Memory Care, and Vicki Montgomery of Strohschein Law Group, both in St. Charles, the release stated.

The committee is comprised of 38 members, representing nine sectors. Many members have dementia-related resources available to share with the community as the need arises. 

St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina was instrumental in helping achieve the current level of support. 

“Venturing out in public can be daunting for someone with dementia, resulting in isolation at home,” Rogina stated in the release. “Building awareness of the challenges those with dementia and their caregivers face will help our community become more supportive.”

“The Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities group believes that creating a dementia supportive community enriches the lives of everyone – our families, our service providers, our schools, our government and our businesses,” Jim Di Ciaula, president of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, stated in the release.

“With compassion, respect, and understanding for those seniors and their families who suffer in silence and isolation, we strive to enhance the vitality of our communities,” Di Ciaula stated in the release.

Key priorities for the Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities Initiative include:

• Building awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia for area families

• Making training available, adaptable and easily accessible for this growing population and their caregivers

• Providing practical tools and guidelines for our first responders and other critical support services

• Fostering and communicating dementia friendly practices for the benefit of our entire community

• Championing and coordinating the contributions of local services, government agencies and social services to drive common messages and minimize complexity.

The mayors of Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles all signed proclamations this month at their respective city council meetings recognizing the designation of Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities.

More information on the Dementia Friendly Tri-Cities initiatives, educational opportunities, or to support these efforts is available via email at Dementia.friendly.tricities@gmail.com.

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