Loomis Village resident, Rachel Tierney, and Director of Community Engagement, Carol Constant, recently a led Dementia Friendly program at South Hadley High School for Students of Ms. Chraznowki’s two Freshman Health Classes. The students learned about Rachel’s personal and family experience with Alzheimer’s Disease and the changes in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s and dementia. They also learned about the Dementia Friendly movement and ways they can communicate with individuals living with Dementia.
Over five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. Seventy percent of those people are living in their own homes in our communities and some thirty percent of those people are living are living alone in their own homes. They are going to the grocery store, the bank and places of worship. The goal of the Dementia Friendly Communities movement is to help people living with dementia feel included in supported in the places they work, live and play. The Loomis Communities in partnership with South Hadley Council on Aging, WestMass EdlerCare and other area organizations to make South Hadley a Dementia Friendly Community. The program is co-sponsored by O’Connell Care at Home, PeoplesBank and The Loomis Communities.
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 three campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.
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