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Monday, April 8, 2013

Dementia friendly cities?

Is this a start of a new era moving beyond technology for aging and into something more broad in concept? While at the International Symposium on Life Care Planning three years ago the discussions heard repeatedly focused on the global impact of aging. Communities across the world will be placed at risk if they lack preparedness in caring for the largest number of seniors ever experienced on Earth.There is a quiet urgency for the development of new ideas for successful aging and caring for those with disability in the community. Take for example my geographical region of Flathead County in Northwest Montana. The number of persons diagnosed with cognitive impairment is expected to increase over 80% in the next 15 years. That's right, eighty percent! With this in mind, it seems logical that Flathead County agencies should prepare now for strengthening and reinforcing its community-based approach to wellness and health promotion and exploring possibilities for new projects to help ease the burden of caring for an aging population.
A new idea worth checking out focuses on a design for a Dementia friendly city.


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