Tempe is currently working to become the first Dementia Friendly city in Arizona. In Tempe, about 1500 people over age 65 have dementia. The number is increasing at a rapid rate - one in nine people age 65 years and older have dementia and about one-third of people age 85 years and older have the disease. Communities must act now to prepare for the increasing numbers of people who will develop dementia as their populations age. 

Every part of the community plays a role and can work together to take steps to create a dementia friendly culture:

  • Businesses, such as banks and financial and legal services, can support customers with dementia and employers support employees who are caregivers
  • Health care systems can promote early diagnosis and options for ongoing care and support
  • Communities of faith can welcome and engage those who have the disease
  • Local governments plan and implement housing, transportation, public spaces, and emergency response that enable people with dementia to thrive in the community
  • Neighbors and community members can give understanding and support by training to become a “Dementia Friend”
  • Residential care and community-based supports can offer a range of services to maximize independence and support ongoing community engagement with a variety of options adapted to cognitive decline.

 


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    Action Phase 2: Engage and Assess

    The second phase of becoming a Dementia Friendly city is where we engage with leaders in Tempe to accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of the dementia readiness in our community.

    Step 1:
    Created assessment tool utilizing online surveys and in-person interviews for relevant sectors.

    We personalized surveys created by Dementia Friendly America for our community and began asking community members to complete the appropriate assessment online.  

    Step 2:
    Complete City of Tempe self-assessment.

    The City of Tempe was the first to complete an initial assessment with over 40 employees from every department answering questions about our city's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dementia preparedness.  Click here for the results.

    Step 3:
    Engage other sectors in Tempe to assess their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dementia readiness.

    To accomplish this assessment, community leaders are are conducting surveys within each of the groups below.  If you are a member of one of these groups, please fill out the appropriate survey listed.

    Family Members and Caregivers:

    Family caregivers in dementia friendly communities can access service and support including counseling, support groups, caregiver coaching, care consultation, respite, and education and training on dementia and care needs.
      Take the assessment for caregivers

    Business Community:

    Businesses with dementia friendly customer service and human resource strategies can address the questions of how to meet the needs of customers with dementia and their care partners, as well as the needs of employees who are caring for someone with the disease. 
      Take the business sector assessment

    Financial and legal services can bring peace of mind by helping vulnerable clients express their wishes early, avoid problems such as unpaid expenses, and help clients'  independence while protecting them from exploitation, financial abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
      Take the financial and legal sector assessment

    Community Members and Community Organizations:

    Communities of faith can become dementia friendly by training clergy and staff on how to recognize the signs of dementia, how to communicate effectively with people who have dementia and their families and by creating welcoming physical environments..
      Take the faith sector assessment

    Providers of services and support programming play a critical role in a dementia friendly community, offering wellness programs, meaningful engagement activities, and services that support independence at home.
      Take the services and support programming sector assessment

    Neighbors and community members often encounter people with dementia during the course of their daily lives. Having a comfort level for interacting with people with dementia and an awareness of when some assistance is needed can positively impact people with dementia and their families.
      Take the community member sector assessment

    Health Care and Elder Care Organizations:

    Health care clinics can play a critical role in a dementia friendly community from identification of cognitive impairment and assessment to management of dementia.
       Take the health care clinic assessment

    Home care agencies play a critical role in a dementia friendly community, from identification of cognitive impairment to offering wellness programs and services that support independence at home.
      Take the home care agency assessment

    Residential living communities support a dementia friendly city. They include living options such as independent living communities, assisted living residences, and nursing homes tailored to people with dementia.
      Take the assessment for those who operate a residential living community

     

     

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