Benevilla, in partnership with Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Inspira Arrowhead and the Foundation for Senior Living has helped establish the city of Glendale within the growing network of dementia-friendly cities in Arizona. The “Dementia Friendly Arizona” initiative is part of the “Dementia Friendly America” program which works to ensure communities across the country are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. For more information on the “Dementia Friendly America” program please call Benevilla at (623) 584-4999.
“We are thankful to the city of Glendale for making their commitment to develop a more dementia-friendly community by supporting and serving those living with dementia and their care partners” said Benevilla Vice President of Programs, Courtney Allen. “Glendale is now part of an important family of communities dedicated to fostering the abilities of people living with dementia to remain vital in their community and engage and thrive in day to day living.”
In support of this initiative, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented a proclamation before the Glendale Chamber of Commerce officially acknowledging Glendale’s designation as a “Dementia Friendly” city by the “Dementia Friendly America” program.
“I am incredibly proud the city of Glendale has partnered with community leaders and volunteers throughout the city to form a Dementia Friendly America Program,” Weiers said. “Our population is getting older, and dementia is a growing disease within our community. We must do everything in our power to provide knowledge and expertise to the residents of Glendale. This program is another tool to accomplish just that.”
As a dementia friendly community, Glendale, and their partners Benevilla, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Inspira Arrowhead and the Foundation for Senior Living are committed to being a city that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals living with the disease, their families and caregivers and provides options to foster quality of life through supportive community connections. Dementia Friendly America is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The DFA movement began in September 2015 following the White House Conference on Aging.