Dementia Friendly Tempe’s 2nd Community Summit

New Strategies in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia Friendly Tempe’s 2nd Community Summit

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Summit: 10 a.m. – noon.  GeneMatch: noon – 1 p.m.
Southwest Naturopathic College, 2140 E Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

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Contact phone number: 602-839-6850

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Come to this free event to learn more about the fight to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

As an alternative participation, people who living with memory loss can join a parallel discussion and activities program. Please call to register to join the group 602-839-6850.

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Upcoming Event: Oakwood Dignifies

Mayor Mark Mitchell is honored to be chosen as this year's Dr. Clifford Harris Oakwood Dignifies Award. Having been personally touched by Alzheimer's with the diagnosis of his mother, Mayor Mitchell has been working to make the City of Tempe the first 'dementia friendly' city in Arizona.


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Dementia Friendly Presents- Finding Help at Home

Dementia Friendly Tempe Presents: Finding Help at Home

March 8, 2017: 1:00 – 2:30pm                                                                                                                                       

On the second Wednesday of the month, Dementia Friendly Tempe (DFT) Presents meets from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, to discuss a specific topic about dementia will be presented by a professional in the field.  On March 8, 2017, Dementia Friendly Tempe Presents on a new topic-- Finding Help at Home.

There are many options available when additional care is needed. However, it is often overwhelming to know where to begin and how to find the right fit. This class will review possible options including adult day programs, volunteer help, and home care. Knowledgeable professionals will be available to give you details and answer your questions.

The presentation will be at the Tempe Public Library, located at 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe.


Watch with Us: Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts - a PBS documentary on dementia Dementia Friendly Tempe invites public to viewing event and Q & A with medical professionals


Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts is an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia Friendly Tempe urges caregivers of people living with memory loss and the interested public to watch the hour-long PBS documentary together at a viewing event at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at Friendship Village, Skirm Auditorium, 2645 E. Southern Ave in Tempe.
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PHX New Times: Living Where Everything Is Forgotten: A Mother and Son's Struggle Toward a "Dementia-Friendly America"

Robrt Pela penned a deeply personal, moving, and very honest feature about his life as a caregiver for his mother and our efforts to make Tempe "Dementia Friendly." 

This is a long read, but one that I can't recommend highly enough.

The article shows in very blunt terms both how important what we are trying to achieve is and how immensely difficult the challenges we face are.

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VIDEO: Cronkite News Covers Tempe Dementia Friendly Kickoff Summit

Cronkite News covered our Dementia Friendly Tempe Kickoff Summit.  Check out the video, which includes a touching interview of Tempe residents Don and Sara Walker about their life since Sara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

VIDEO: Our Roadmap to Dementia Friendly

We are proud to be a part of the Dementia Friendly America network.  Based on their experience creating dementia friendly communities all over Minnesota, Dementia Friendly America created a roadmap that outlines how to pull our community together for this important cause.

This short video provides a great overview of what we are doing.

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Wall Street Journal Covers Dementia-Friendly Cities

The Wall Street Journal wrote a very informative article about efforts around the country to make cities dementia friendly.  Tempe gets a mention.  

The article also includes this map which shows that Arizona is expected to have the highest percentage of growth in the entire nation of people with Alzheimer's.  This is why it is so urgent that we act now to prepare for this growth in our community.


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