No one walking the dementia journey has to walk alone.

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Community forum

Please click on a blog post below to learn more about our initiative.

If you would like to support or participate in this initiative, please email or call Dementia-Friendly Communities at 970-213-4548. [email protected]

Agree, Apologize, Join, Distract

By: Cyndy Tuesday November 21, 2017 comments

 

Agree, Apologize, Join, Distract

I’m often asked how to diffuse agitation for someone living with dementia.  Certainly, the best strategy is to avoid it altogether, but even with the best care, moments of anxiety in a person living with dementia happen, sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere.  Some strategies can minimize anxiety and escalation to agitation:

paying attention to our client’s or loved one’s level of engagement in activities which promote purpose and... Read More


ONE Question to ask when searching for a long term care facility

By: Cyndy Wednesday May 24, 2017 comments

“How do I know what facilities to consider if I need to move my loved one?” 

THAT is a topic of discussion in some of our recent care partners’ support group meetings.  As I’ve toured more facilities, spoken with senior professionals, and collaborated with other dementia experts in our area to provide consultation and teaching,  ONE question stands out to me as THE FIRST question I would ask when searching for a long term memory care facility.  The answer to this ONE question tells us how much the leadership team of the... Read More


Cruise of Hope

By: Cyndy Monday March 6, 2017 comments

If you and your family have ever wanted to TAKE A CRUISE together, this fall may be your time!  We are going to join other friends and families across the country who are walking this dementia journey together.  We will cruise to the Bahamas November 11-18, 2017.    Ballpark high estimate cost including tips ($25/day on average per couple) approximately $1500 per person from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  (actual lowest price for cabin... Read More


We are a 501c3 organization!

By: Cyndy Thursday February 23, 2017 comments Tags: Dementia Friendly Communities

We are a 501c3 organization!

Our “Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado”® volunteer initiative is officially a nonprofit organization now!   Since we started in November, 2015,  the momentum for this effort has been so positive, that we are able to partner as an “official”  501c3 corporation with other organizations in Northern Colorado to make our communities increasingly more dementia-aware and dementia-friendly.

To that end, our 2017 goals are bold.  They require collaboration among many of us in Northern Colorado which is why our goals are fully... Read More


Contented Dementia

By: Cyndy Thursday December 22, 2016 comments

Contented Dementia

Penny Garner, Contented Dementia Trust founder

 

Dad was a brilliant researcher and fisherman, but he was an even better father.  So, when he shared his concern with me several years ago that his thinking was foggy,  I started to do some research of my own.  I realized we were headed on the dementia journey, not knowing at the time where the journey would take us.  With divine timing and circumstances, three weeks after Dad shared his frustration with me, I was... Read More


Beavers Market--First store in Northern Colorado to become dementia-friendly

By: Cyndy Tuesday March 1, 2016 comments

For almost 40 years now, Beavers Market has proudly served the Fort Collins area. The small family owned grocery store boasts that its customers are met with smiling faces and unmatched personal attention. The staff members treat everyone who walks through their doors like a friend and neighbor. This week, they participated in dementia-friendly training to add that little extra compassion and awareness to their already stellar customer service. Beavers Market is the FIRST grocery store in Northern Colorado to become dementia-friendly! Thank you, Doug Beaver and staff, for leading the way for other... Read More


Dr. Norris Family Dentistry first in Larimer County

By: Cyndy Sunday February 14, 2016 comments

Dr. Norris Family Dentistry first in Larimer County

Dr. Vinna Norris, D.D.S. and her caring staff say they are committed to “personalized, professional dental care in a modern, yet intimate setting.”  Last week, they showed that such a claim is not just talk.  Dr. Norris and her staff are dedicated to providing excellent care even for their patients who are living with dementia.  The entire staff invested their time to become more dementia-aware.  They discussed challenges in dental care and strategies for making dental care less stressful for their patients with dementia and dementia care partners.   Dr.... Read More


Old Town Library

By: Cyndy Tuesday February 9, 2016 comments Tags: Business Trainings

Old Town Library

Old Town Library staff, Feb 2016

 

Last Saturday, 20 couples who are engaged in the B Sharp Arts Engagement program attended their 3rd Masterworks Symphony performance at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.  These couples are participating in the collaborative community program, studying how music affects not just the people with dementia, but also how attending the symphony impacts their care partners as well.  (See multiple media stories... Read More


Dr. Boyes Dental Care in Greelley becomes dementia-friendly

By: Cyndy Friday January 22, 2016 comments

Dr. Boyes Dental Care in Greelley becomes dementia-friendly

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I have developed a friendship over the past year with a couple of brave people who attend our Memory Cafe.  This couple is walking the dementia journey themselves--authentically and with courageous vulnerability.  They are doing exactly what needs to be done in our community to change the conversation and help remove the stigma that is often associated with... Read More


Poudre Fire Authority

By: Cyndy Friday January 15, 2016 comments

Poudre Fire Authority

Poudre Fire Authority "A" Shift participated in training this month, hosted at Station 10, to help them better respond to calls involving those in our community who have dementia.    They are living out their values of courage, leadership, and duty as they serve even the most vulnerable among us.   Thank you, Poudre Fire Authority for all you do!  Poudre Fire Authority Station 10 crew 

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