ST. ALBANS, W. Va. (WOWK) —
The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease is growing — and growing fast. As more and more people are diagnosed with dementia earlier in life, one local community is taking action to show those suffering that they aren’t alone.
For the last three years, the city of St. Albans has been working towards becoming a dementia friendly community.
“Dementia is an issue that has been in all of our lives,” said St. Albans Vice Mayor Walter Hall. Hall added, “The need is there and we do our best to try and provide programs and education and a friendly enviornment.”
It’s a small group leading the way, but organizers of the Committee for a Dementia Friendly St. Albans are hoping to make a big impact, because for them, the fight is personal.
“My job is extra special because walking with these families, sometimes you can go to a place that only you and I can go because we have been there personally,” said the Alzheimer’s Association’s JT Hunter.
Hunter added, “I never talked about this because I never knew anyone who had gone through it.And then whats interesting the day I opened my mouth everyone around me had been effected and thats what its all about.”
Hunter stressed the importance of a solid support system when dealing with dementia. The Committee for a Dementia Friendly St. Albans meets on the second Monday of each month at the Hansford Community Center.
The committee’s next big will be a dementia friendly cafe event, held Tuesday, April 16, at the Grind in St. Albans.