Dementia Friends Raises Awareness Among Providers

Dementia Friends Pennsylvania presents during the Pioneer Network session.

On September 2, Dementia Friends Pennsylvania sponsored a session for the National Pioneer Network Conference, Envisioning the Future. The session, Turning Dementia from Stigma into Esteem, was led by JHF Senior Quality Improvement Specialist Anneliese Perry, who provided an overview of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, its aging initiatives, and introduced the session and speakers. This session aligned with the goal of Dementia Friends Pennsylvania to reduce stigma associated with dementia.

On September 15, Dementia Friends Pennsylvania Statewide Coordinators Anneliese Perry and Stacie Bonenberger held the first Dementia Friends Pennsylvania virtual session for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, provided as part of a grant from the PA Department of Aging to improve and expand access to ongoing programs that will raise awareness about dementia and decrease stigma surrounding dementia. Attendees included administration, senior center staff, and aging providers across Pennsylvania. This session was the first in a series of five to be held through November 18, and the PA Department of Aging grant will support Dementia Friends Pennsylvania with up to $90,000 through June 2021.

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