Online Resources for Dementia Friendly Community Development

What do people living with dementia and their care partners want from the community where they live? According to a study by the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s very similar to what most of us want from our communities—inclusion in the everyday life of the community, safe and affordable transportation options, access to health care and in-home supports, opportunities for socialization and recreation, and the ability to contribute to their community through paid or volunteer work. In addition, people want an accessible environment with appropriate signage, lighting and colors.
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Cross Border Conversations on Caregiving

The Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA) held three opportunities to engage in cross-border conversations on caregiving in November, 2016. Each regional event brought people together to focus on informal family caregiving from a multifaceted point of view. Care partners, community providers, researchers, policy experts and municipal, business and community leaders sat at the same tables to share information on the resources, policies and tools that currently support care partners and helped build a road-map for collective action to address the many challenges they still face.
Click here to read the Cross Border Conversations on Caregiving Final Report

TSLCA Webinars: Supports for People with Dementia and Care Partners

Hear proven ideas that lifelong communities and age friendly organizations can use to make it easier for care partners and people living with dementia to be fully engaged with community life and to find needed resources.
Click here to see the full library of webinars on Dementia and Care Partners

Dementia Friendly America
Dementia Friendly America (DFA) is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in community and engage and thrive in day to day living.

Enhancing the Care and Health of Older Adults Living with Dementia (ECHO-D)

Project ECHO: Northern New England Network (NNE Hub), the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging (TSLCA), and Qualidigm have brought together key leaders within 9 communities (3 per state) across Northern New England to work collaboratively with our substantive expert faculty  to identify and share successful approaches, models and supports that can improve the health, care, and care coordination of community-dwelling older adults diagnosed with dementia and their care partners.   We are using the proven Project ECHO model of web-enabled, case-based virtual learning sessions to promote collaborative learning and sharing of best practices across communities over a 9-month period. Recognizing the importance of coordination efforts within communities, we have identified local conveners within each community who bring together leaders of key sectors to work together and participate in the ECHO sessions.

To expand the learning beyond these 9 communities, we’re sharing the recorded ECHO-D presentations as well as case study recommendations here.  When you get a chance, please drop us a note and let us know if these materials have been helpful.

October 24th, 2019 Session
Home Alone with Dementia – behaviors to be concerned about?
Presentation by Mary Val Palumbo, DNP, APRN, GNP-BD, and Melissa Grenier, MSW

November 14th, 2019 Session
Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Spectrum of Cognitive Aging
Presentation by Cliff Singer, MD

December 12th, 2019 Session
Care Partner Supports and Services
Presentation by Anne Marie Olsen-Hayward, LICSW, CDP and Peter Baker, LCSW

January 23rd, 2020 Session
Driving Fitness and Dementia
Presentation by Tom Meuser, PhD

February 27th, 2020 Session
A Tri-State Collaborative Discussion on Alzheimer’s Programs
Presentation by Katlyn Blackstone, MS, LSW, Ellen Thompson, RN, Mark Boutwell, Tamara Herrick, PhD

March 26th, 2020 Session
Strategies for Working with People with Dementia: Building Strong Boundaries & Relationships
Presentation by Cinda Donton 

April 23rd, 2020 Session
Advance Planning Preserving Individual Autonomy
Presentation by Hilary Fernald

May 28th, 2020 Session
End of Life Care and Dementia: What Matters Most
Presentation by Ellen Flaherty, PhD, MSN, APRN, and Renee Pepin, PhD

June 25th, 2020 Session
“Use of a Dementia Care Pathway: Transferable Lessons”  and “International approaches and Integrated Care”
Mary Val Palumbo, DNP APRN GNP-BC, (VT) “Use of a Dementia Care Pathway: Transferable Lessons”
Anne Marie Olson Hayward, LCSW (NH) “International approaches and Integrated Care”