The City of Highland Park is now officially a Dementia Friendly Community. Dementia Friendly America is an organization that fosters local community transformation using tools, resources, and technical assistance designed to equip communities to better support people living with dementia and their care partners.
Through this program, Highland Park is working to connect across sectors, adopt dementia-friendly practices and goals, and include and encourage people with dementia to lead efforts to advance dementia friendliness.
An initiative of the Police Department, Highland Park's effort to become a Dementia Friendly Community is led by Police Social Worker Dr. Cynthia Plazas, PhD, LPC, and Social Services Coordinator Jennifer Aiello, MS, LPC. City Council affirmed the City's commitment to the principles of a Dementia Friendly Community at the March 9, 2020 meeting. Representatives from City Council and from all City Departments have completed training provided by Dementia Friendly America to better engage and support Highland Park's aging population.
Dementia Friendly America's training programs are not limited to organizations! To learn more about how you can contribute to creating a Dementia Friendly Highland Park by becoming a Dementia Friend yourself, visit dfamerica.org.