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South Hadley Dementia Friendly Community Collaboration

People with dementia and their caregivers are often isolated and cut off from their community. Loomis Village, South Hadley organizations and town officials have begun a collaborative project with the goal of making individuals with dementia feel welcome to continue participating in daily life and routines.

Components of the project will include training for fire, police, town officials, businesses, and family members on communicating with someone with dementia, educational programs for individuals affected with dementia and their families, flyers and a website with resources for support and education, enrollment in the Town of South Hadley Assist Persons at Risk Registry to help fire and police offer appropriate assistance to individuals in need.

A greater public awareness of the issues and resources will make South Hadley a dementia friendly community and help assure that anyone who has dementia is treated with respect and dignity.


Seated L-R: Lisa Ball - Loomis Village, Jason Houle - Fire District 1, JoAnne Trybus - South Hadley Council on Aging, Karen Walsh-Pio - South Hadley Public Schools, Vanessa Martinez - Alzheimer’s Association.

Standing L-R: Carol Constant - The Loomis Communities, Rachel Tierney - Community Volunteer, Sister Cathy Ormand - St. Patrick’s Church, Karen Robert - Holyoke Medical Center, Dina Mead - PeoplesBank, Brenda Bronner - WestMass ElderCare, Dave LaBrie - South Hadley Police, Joe Rodio - South Hadley Public Library

Participating but not pictured are: Rob Claflin – Applewood, Amherst, Bob Desnoyers – South Hadley Chamber of Commerce, Dave Keefe – Fire District 2, Kurt Schenker – Fire District 1, Lori Souder – Center Congregational Church, Mike Sullivan – Town of South Hadley, Lori Todd – Loomis House, Holyoke.

About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

For more information, call us at the number in the upper right of this webpage or send us a note through our Contact Us form.