The town of Rockport, Indiana was recognized for joining the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) network of communities and earned the distinction of a Dementia Friendly Community.
Rockport becomes just the third city in Indiana to earn that distinction. Bloomington and Petersburgh are the others.
Other groups are now dedicating time to making southwestern Indiana more dementia-friendly.
The University of Southern Indiana’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), alongside SWIRCA & More, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Generations, launched a collaborative initiative to bring key people from the local community together to understand how they can support the growing number of individuals with dementia and create action plans to make their communities to become dementia-friendly.
“It is an honor to be a part of this initiative and I am excited to see continued efforts to support members of our communities,” said Linda Wright, Community Transition Supervisor at SWIRCA & More, Area 16 Agency.
The Dementia Friends Indiana Initiative was adopted in 2017.