Dementia? Even though Eben is head of Pyramid Lake’s Tribal Senior Services Program, she admits she knew almost nothing about the topic.
Understanding of dementia in the United States is just beginning to blossom, yet within Native communities it’s almost nonexistent.
For more than five years, in Reno’s most popular city park, Dementia-Friendly Nature Walks has offered weekly walks for elders living with dementia that blend physical exercise with an expanded appreciation of nature and an opportunity for peer support.
When he looked at the library’s flyer announcing an outreach event for Dementia Friendly Washoe County, it piqued his curiosity. He knew a lot about aging since he’d covered it for seven years for the California Health Report – one of the few reporters nationally writing about aging full time — so Matt Perry wanted to know more.
Las Vegas is more than just a tourist town; it’s home to everyday people who experience the same joys and sorrows as those in any American city, and that includes aging and dementia.
During a 2018 meeting of Dementia Friendly Southern Nevada Urban (DFSNU) in Las Vegas, stakeholders discussed ways of reaching into the community to perform basic memory screenings.