DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FORT WORTH
Leading the Charge to Create Dementia Friendly Communities across Tarrant County
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s disease is a major public health issue in Texas. An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2020.1 Approximately 400,000 of them are Texans.1 Without a cure or a way to prevent it, the number of Americans age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may triple to a projected 14 million people by 2050.1
We work to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and help people living with the disease and their friends, family, and caregivers. This website offers information and resources that can assist at every step of the journey with Alzheimer’s disease. An important first step is to learn the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and start a conversation if a loved one shows signs of dementia. The earlier you begin talking, the better you can prepare and respond to the changes that may come.
What can you learn? What will you do? How can you help?
HOLIDAY TIPS FOR EVERYONE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
Holidays can be stressful, even overwhelming when dementia is part of the holiday scene. Family gatherings as we have always done them may not work this year. Family traditions may need to be altered or even forgone this year. But the holidays can still be meaningful, just different.
This year, in particular, with COVID-19 just makes it harder. How can we celebrate, decrease the stress and keep everyone safe? The 3 W’s of COVID safety apply:
Wash your hands Wear a mask Watch your distance
Try these tips from leading dementia educator, Teepa Snow to help make your holidays more enjoyable for everyone.
TIPS FOR THE PERSON WITH DEMENTIA
• Take some time to relax
• Do what you enjoy
• Consider letting people know when you need a break or are having trouble
• Make a list with your Partner of what you would like to do this season and use the list to help keep on track
• Consider saying – “I know I know you, but I just can’t place you…” when someone greets you and you aren’t sure
who they are to you
• Watch or listen to old, familiar music, movies, or TV programs that make you
• Get some exercise every day
• Get plenty of water each day
• Be careful about too many sweets
• Work with a partner to do familiar and fun activities, for example:
• making, signing, or mailing cards
• making up mixes with recipes to share
• baking something and wrapping it
TIPS FOR THE CARE PARTNER
• Keep gatherings smaller & visits shorter
• Offer time out
• Make a list of fun things to do
• Encourage visitors to understand before they begin interacting
• Encourage going out and doing something fun together rather than just talking
• Ask visitors to bring old pictures, old familiar items or props, and be prepared
to reminisce about old times
• Take breaks from each other
• Consider cutting back on traditions if they seem distressing
• Help visitors out by introducing them with some orienting information, if they
forget to do so
• Get some exercise & take care of your stress levels
• Get a friend to help the person with dementia select gifts, shop, or do something special for loved ones,
©Positive Approach, LLC
Tips for the Visitor
TIPS FOR THE VISITOR
• Start off by looking friendly and offering
your hand for a handshake
• Introduce yourself by name, then
pause, if the person still doesn’t seem
to know you, give them a little more
• Use shorter phrases and pause
between thoughts or ideas, giving the
person a chance to respond
• Talk about the old times more than
• Keep memories positive if possible
• Accept general comments, don’t push
• Be prepared to hear old stories over and
over, use old pictures or props to bring
up other old memories… and laugh
• Do something with the person rather
than just talking to them
• Don’t correct errors, go with the flow of
• If the person says something distressing
or seems worried about something,
realize it may not be true, but they are
not lying to you, their brain is lying to
them. Check it out with the care partner
before acting on it.
Our Mission Statement
Dementia Friendly Fort Worth collaborates with community partners to advocate for systems change and provide education, resources, and services that will enhance the lives of those with dementia and their care partners.
The program offers:
*Innovative social opportunities for persons living with dementia and their care partners.
*Activities for Persons Living at Home with Dementia *Weekly Dementia Friendly Chapel
*5th Street Café: A Dementia Friendly Social Club
*Education opportunities for everyone to increase awareness and understanding of dementia.
*Dementia Live® simulation experiences
*Dementia Friends training.
*Education and certification for Dementia Friendly businesses, organizations, and institutions.
*Advocacy for practices and opportunities that enrich the lives of persons living with dementia and their care partners.
You Can Make a Difference today: support Dementia Friendly Fort Worth
For the cost of a cup of coffee per week, your generous donation can provide dementia education for people in businesses, civic groups, faith communities and neighborhoods, including 5th Street Café: A Dementia Friendly Social Club and Dementia Friendly Chapel.
Your donation also supports the Activities for Persons Living At Home with Dementia program. This unique 30-minute on-line program is designed especially for people living at home with dementia who may be experiencing social isolation.
Each session features a guest presenter who guides participants through fun and engaging activities they can do from home. These activities include music therapy, movement, arts, sing-a-longs, and social opportunities.
Having a routine can be a major benefit for those with dementia, so this program is presented daily (M-F)
Dementia Friendly Fort Worth is funded by generous donations from individuals, companies, organizations, and foundations that have a desire to make a difference in the lives of those living with dementia and their care partners.
Why Be a Dementia Friendly City?
There are more than 100 types of dementia, for which there is currently no cure. More than 60% of individuals living with dementia live in your neighborhood and use the businesses and services in your community.
The numbers are staggering: There are now over 20,000 persons in Tarrant County with dementia and by 2025 there will be more than 30,000. Caregivers are dying faster than those living with dementia. Won’t you join our efforts to make their days more meaningful?