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Aging agency engages dementia community in virtual program in March

IV Regional Agency on Aging (RIV AAA) presents “Fortune Cookies”, a virtual event aimed at engaging those affected by a diagnosis of dementia, family members, caregivers, local businesses and the community in the sense broad in conversations on the subject of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Everyone is invited to attend this event on March 15, 2022 from 2-4pm delivered via Zoom with a limited number of in-person tickets also available.

Yolanda Mendez, Director of Community Services for the Region IV Agency on Aging, says, “We are honored to bring Project Remember to our community. Using the arts to increase awareness and reduce the fear, stigma, and isolation of memory loss is a priority for AAA as we work to become a dementia-friendly community. You will see more educational opportunities like these throughout 2022.”

The event is part of RIV AAA’s expanded dementia programming for 2022 and takes a unique approach to raising awareness, sharing information and inviting authentic community conversations. Audience members gather via Zoom, watch the play together, then engage in lively conversation followed by an opportunity to explore local resources with trained AAA information and access specialists.

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The play focuses on the character of Mona, an 80-year-old entrepreneur full of energy who always has a project in mind. She’s the life of the party and her enthusiasm is both funny and charming, but she dreads the idea of ​​memory loss and has seen too much between friends and neighbors. As audiences get to know Mona during this 16-minute play, they have the opportunity to examine one of the biggest barriers to creating a truly dementia-friendly community. : the need to understand how knowledge and compassion are key to keeping families out. of crisis.

“Fortune Cookies” is part of the Remember Project (www.rememberproject.org). To date, over 100 virtual Project Remember events and conversations have taken place to raise awareness and address the stigma, isolation and fear associated with dementia.

“Our ultimate goal,” says Danette McCarthy, Founder of the Remember Project and Director of Fortune Cookies, “is to help community members and leaders envision new ways of thinking about memory loss and learn about local resources that support families facing a diagnosis. dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

To register, visit www.CampusForCreativeAging.org or contact Amy Nichols by phone at 269-982-7748 or email [email protected]