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Senior Helpers in partnership with the Cameron Senior Center and Westford Health Department, are working to create a Dementia Friendly Westford where residents are educated about dementia. Organizations, business owners and municipal employees are being trained on how to assist customers with memory loss, and people with dementia can feel safer and remain independent for as long as possible.
The goals are to:
- UNDERSTAND what dementia is and how it differs from common perceptions
- LEARN to recognize the signs
- PRACTICE Dementia-friendly communication habits
- JOIN the Dementia Friendly Movement
- FIGHT the stigma of dementia
Below are some upcoming educational opportunities open to the public, designed to help educate, empower and create empathy for those living with dementia, and teach how to support friends and neighbors in our community.
VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 4 to 7 p.m.
The VDT is an immersion experience simulation created to teach people the physical and mental challenges facing those living with dementia.
SENIOR HELPERS are trained facilitators of this powerful program;
It will be hosted by BRIDGES by EPOCH in Westford.
To reserve a spot, participants are asked to call Jim DiGiorgio at 978-467-4300.
PUT WESTFORD ON THE MAP AS DEMENTIA FRIENDLY
Thursday, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m. at Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St., Westford.