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Local volunteer aims to increase dementia awareness in Bladen County


A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding about dementia is underway with the support of a Bladen County volunteer.

Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Division of Aging Director is hosting a “Dementia Friends NC” Information Session on Friday, February 22, 2019, and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in our community.

Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.  It aims to transform the way we think, talk, and act about the disease.  The Dementia Friends session helps you learn about dementia and the small ways you can help.  From telling friends about the program to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

The one-hour session will take place at the Bladen County Division of Aging, 608 McLeod St., Elizabethtown, NC 28337, from 2-3:00 pm.

Approximately 160,000 North Carolinians age 65+ are living with Alzheimer’s.

Having volunteered to be a Dementia Friends Champion, Kelly is now delivering Dementia Friends NC Sessions to people across Bladen County.  She said:

”I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I have had family members affected by the disease, and I see it every day in my line of work.  It’s easy to get involved.  I attended a training and I’m now proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.”

Anyone interested in attending the Dementia Friends Session should contact Kelly Robeson at the Division of Aging.  Due to limited seating, registration is required.  Please call 910-872-6330 to reserve your seat today.  Dementia Friends North Carolina is provided by the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NC4A).

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