Program Helps Dementia Sufferers

Giving helpA national program aimed at helping those suffering from dementia will roll out this year in a number of locations.

The initiative, Dementia Friendly America, was touted by the White House at this summer’s Conference on Aging. Nineteen regions have committed local resources with the goal of supporting the 5.3 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s, says a story in the Boston Globe.

Police in some communities are offering tracking bracelets for those who wander away.

Some places are setting up “memory cafes” — support groups who meet over coffee.

Teaching volunteers how better to relate to patients with dementia is a part of it. Servers at restaurants are learning common signs of dementia, like using incorrect words or becoming easily agitated.

Even doctors are being trained in how to properly diagnose dementia.

The movement also attempts to connect patients to proper care.

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