St. Albans, WV working to be more dementia friendly

Over 5 million Americans including over 40,000 West Virginians are living with Alzheimer's. 

One city in our area is working to make life a little easier for those living with dementia.

The City of St.Albans is working to earn the designation as a Dementia Friendly Community. A small team is leading the effort hoping to make a big difference. 

That will include teaching retailers, first responders and the general public about dementia and how to interact with individuals living with dementia in a helpful way. 

"You know if you look at the national statistics there are so many people dealing with Alzheimer's and anything we can do to make those lives and their family's lives easier is well worthwhile," said Kathy Barnett at the Hansford Senior Center in St.Albans, WV. She is one of three people on the committee. 

The committee meets once a month and those meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Hansford Senior Center. For more information on the meetings call the Hansford Center at 304-722-4621. 

You can learn more about Alzheimer's HERE

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