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Dementia Friendly Yellow Springs

Local communities are beginning to grapple with the challenge of caring for their residents living with dementia. Yellow Springs is one such community, and it recently received “dementia-friendly” designation from Dementia Friendly America, a national coalition of leading organizations that encourage and support such communities. Sandy Markwood, Co-chairperson of Dementia Friendly America and CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, will visit the Dayton area to discuss this issue, among others, at a forum on March 15, at Sinclair College.

Yellow Springs Senior Center

A recent RAND Corporation study found more than 14 percent of Americans age 71 or older had dementia in 2010. Now, some communities across the country are working to make life easier for people with the disease. Among them is the Village of Yellow Springs.

 

The movement to create so-called “dementia-friendly” communities began in 2015. Within a year cities in more than 20 states had adopted the dementia-friendly status.