The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH), Nevada Senior Services, and The Alzheimer’s Association convened in Southern Nevada to promote Dementia Friendly practices in the State of Nevada.
Dementia Friendly Southern Nevada (DFSN) project began on May 11, 2016, and is a subsidiary of Dementia Friendly America (DFA). DFA initiative is an evidence-based, multi-sector approach to shaping dementia-friendly communities across America. DFSN averages 35 members in monthly meeting attendance. DFSN members represent numerous Southern Nevada community members, including dementia care agencies to patients and caregivers. According to the DFA initiative, DFSN is currently in Phase 2 of 4 (Convene, Engage, Analyze, & Act; respectively). DFSN identified 8 sector groups (initial sector groups: Care Partner Services, Community Services, Government, & Healthcare; subsequent sector groups: Business, Financial, Legal, & Faith) to support the DFA mission and goals. DFSN adapted the DFA Toolkit to fit our community and started utilizing the sector-questionnaires, since November 2016. The sector-questionnaires have been adapted to meet the needs of our Southern Nevada community members and to evaluate the strengths and gaps associated with the DFA initiative. Our goal is achieve 100 sector-questionnaires completed per sector before May 2017. DFSN has 198 sector-questionnaires completed to date. In preparation for Phase 3-Analyze, we have 2 student interns from the UNLV Master of Public Health program (Mr. Kristopher Kaplan and Mr. Anish Puri) assisting the project. In addition to our sector-questionnaires, we will conduct caregiver focus groups to obtain feedback from the services they receive in our community; promoting advocacy for both the patient and caregivers. The DFSN student interns will help analyze our community’s strengths and gaps, develop a system to prioritize our community action plans, and a means to monitor our success. DFSN anticipates Phase 3 and 4 for each of the sector groups to be completed within the next 3 months, July 2017.
The DFSN team invites you to complete a brief survey to assist the project in identifying strengths and gaps in the sector(s) that you identify with. You will find on the survey webpage some examples of programs/services that fall under each sector to assist you in determining where you fit in: https://friendlynv.wordpress.com/sector-questionnaires/. Surveys will be collected until May 2017.
Thank you for your participation and interest in “dementia friendly” communities in Nevada.
Isaac Santa Ana
The Dementia Friendly America Initiative
The Dementia Friendly America Initiative is a multi-sector, national collaborative on a mission to foster communities that are equipped to support people with dementia and their family and friend care partners by working to become “dementia friendly.”
Through the work of over 35 national, leading organizations, the Dementia Friendly America initiative is catalyzing a movement to more effectively support and serve those across America who are living with dementia and their family and friend care partners. The lead organizations represent all sectors of community and are collectively leveraging their national reach to activate their local affiliates, members and branches to convene, participate in and support dementia friendly community efforts at a local level.
Please visit the Dementia Friendly America website for more information: http://www.dfamerica.org/
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