In 2019, the community health needs assessment identified that the 65+ population was projected to increase over 15% by 2023. Along with a growing aging population, mortality rates due to Alzheimer disease was higher in the Doylestown area then those surrounding areas. Because Bucks County is rich in resources and beauty, the community does a better job of aging in place, pushing these numbers higher than the national average.
Recognizing this startling public health crisis, Doylestown Health is committed to facilitating dementia-related education for individuals, families, and the community at large. To support those affected by this diagnosis, Doylestown Health and our partners are working to equip our local community by creating a “Dementia Aware” training.
This one-hour interactive session, conducted on-site at your place of business, seeks to create a safe and inclusive community for persons diagnosed with dementia as well as their care partners. A general term for loss of memory, language, and thinking abilities that can interfere with daily life activities, “dementia” is an umbrella term that includes disorders such as Alzheimer’s, vascular, Lewy body, and frontotemporal degeneration, to name a few. A healthier and more compassionate sense of community toward our aging population can occur—simply by your participation in this program.
Participation in this training program will not only help those affected by dementia to feel safe, supported, and welcome in their community, but will also help to ease the worry care partners can experience as they navigate a loved one being diagnosed with this condition.