An Outreach of Garden Spot Village
The Dementia Friendly Lancaster County action team is comprised
of devoted community members, organizations, business and faith-based leaders, as well
as those who have been touched by dementia.
As a group we strive to offer support, education, and resources to people living with dementia and their care partners within our local community.
Our hope is to see a community come together to support those impacted by dementia, help them to remain engaged in the community and thrive in their day-to-day routines.
This goal will be met by offering dementia training and resources to businesses, faith communities, healthcare systems, and community members.
Chet Yoder is the Director of
Pastoral Services at Garden Spot Village. Chet has been a part of the Dementia Friendly
Community outreach since it's beginning stages in 2017. He currently oversee's the DFC
Coordinator position as well as actively volunteers within the Working Group, Action
Team, and many planning groups within Dementia Friendly Lancaster!
We are thankful for his support and vision for our Lancaster County Community.
Learn about the many ways we are serving our community!
A monthly stigma-free social gathering for people with memory challenges and their care partners.more
Respite opportunities for care partners while offering separate meaningful engagement for their loved one with dementia, joined with a unique musical program for both to attend.more
Occasional community engaging events (i.e., Walk to End Alzheimer's).more
Educational opportunities for local businesses to learn how to best serve those impacted by dementia.more
Churches, organizations, and Dementia Friendly Lancaster volunteers can attend the session to understand the 5 key messages abouts dementia, how it affects people, and how we can make a difference in our community.more
Engagement opportunities to help develop care partner and dementia care support.more
"Let's cultivate a community where we can age with dignity despite the diagnosis! Where those who are touched by dementia feel safe and supported to age in place."
"With the assistance of the DFC [action team], we are poised to be a conduit of information exchange to help raise awareness about memory impairments and provide information in our community."
"A Dementia Friendly community and awareness is critical for our community. We serve families and participants who may be experiencing dementia and it is important to understand and have an awareness of the needs and concerns. It is important that our case managers understand and have an awareness of dementia and this group is bringing that to our community. This is critical work for Lancaster County."
"Having [DFC Business Training] has made us better bankers, and more compassionate community members. We are very blessed to have DFC in Lancaster County and I look forward to partnering with them to make our community better. "
"As we continue to develop a nationally recognized dementia friendly community, I am already inspired by our local businesses who value caring for the community enough to invest into the education offered and put their own knowledge into practice within their sector. "
"Without a doubt, our Dementia Friendly Community committee and the related education and awareness that they can provide this community, is and will continue to be a shining example of this caring community. "
"The Dementia Friendly Community initiative is providing a significant resource to businesses and congregations in our area."
"The Dementia Friendly Community has had an important and positive impact on my family. The Memory Cafes have offered a loving and supportive environment where my wife who has dementia can interact with her peers in a safe environment. The consistency of these cafes, which are held on the same day of the month, is part of a solid routine which is important to someone with dementia. A Memory Cafe was even held on Christmas Day. Caregivers and their families are always welcome. The added family connection strengthens the entire group. So far my mother and two sons have joined Memory Cafes. Crystal [DFC Coordinator] has at times included her entire family as well. "
Volunteer within one of our Leadership or Planning Groups
Financially support this volunteer based initiative
Become a Dementia Friendly Business
Become a Dementia Friend
Dementia Friendly Businesses
"Dementia friendly communitie s foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in community and engage and thrive in a day to day living. DFA is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging." Learn More
Businesses and organizations committed to the vision of Dementia Friendly Lancaster who are actively doing work that contributes to building a dementia friendly community.Learn More
Businesses and organizations committed to enhancing and supporting the Dementia Friendly Community initiative within their specific sector.Learn More