A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway in Macon County with the support of area churches, the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging, Macon County Public Library, Angel Medical, Macon County Senior Services, and Macon County DSS.
A workshop series called ‘Dementia Friends NC’ begins on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Designed to help build awareness about dementia and identify ways local citizens can help people who are living with it in our community, the four-session workshop series is being made possible through a Connectional Ministries grant from the Smoky Mountain District of the Western Carolina United Methodist Conference.
The 90-minute sessions will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 20, 2018, with both afternoon and evening sessions offered, as well as choice of venue. All 2:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the John & Dorothy Crawford Senior Center. All 7:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the Macon County Public Library. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Approximately 160,000 North Carolinians age 65+ are living with Alzheimer's. Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way we think, talk and act about the disease. The Dementia Friends sessions will help participants learn about dementia and the small ways each of us can help. From telling friends about the program to visiting a friend living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia Friends North Carolina is provided by the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NC4A).