“Raising Dementia Awareness” Day
Summerset Senior Living, Rancho Cordova launched the City’s first ever “Raising Dementia Awareness” campaign this past August. Inspired by those who have dementia and their caregivers, Summerset wanted to create a space that was informative and chalk full of resources for those needing more assistance in the fight against dementia. Community members from neighboring cities caught wind of Summerset’s campaign and came in droves to see what all the buzz was about.
Senior Safety Specialist, Dot Boyd, showcased her Electronic Caregiver watches, which provide 24/7 emergency coverage for those active, ill, aging, and disabled. Attendees marveled at the sleek look of the band, and the cutting edge technology that will alert EMS if assistance were to be needed.
Laura Wayman, known as “the Dementia Whisperer,” held 30-minute presentations throughout the day showcasing her new film simulating what it feels like to be affected with dementia symptoms. Rancho Cordova Police Officer, Steven Gonzales went through the training with Wayman. First responders are already seeing the increase of calls due to someone affected by dementia. Wayman’s goal is to to train all first responders in the Sacramento area in an effort to raise their dementia awareness and minimize anxiety when assisting someone with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
Summerset Senior Living Marketing Director, Tracy McLinn, dreamed up a day like this where resources were plenty for people that really needed guidance in this care-giving journey.
“We thought it was important to bring Dementia Awareness to this city because there are many family members caring for a loved one in their home. It is our duty as a community to help these primary caregivers any way we can with resources and education. Greater awareness and understanding of dementia is important to challenge the myths and misconceptions that surround the condition.”
If you are caring for a loved one affected by dementia, or any debilitating disease, reach out to your community and see what kinds of resources are there to help you. Rancho Cordova is filled with people always willing to help in any way they can.
Click here to see a selection of photos from this great event.