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n4a Staff, Members Raise Dementia Awareness at MACo Summer Conference

Nora Super, n4a's Chief of Programs and Services, recently participated in an engaging panel discussion on Dementia Friendly America and local efforts to address dementia challenges at the 2017 Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference.

The session, “Smoothing the Rough Road: Addressing Dementia Challenges,” was well-attended and moderated by Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. The discussion examined the challenges faced by those living with dementia and their caregivers, as well as how community stakeholders and government agencies are taking action to improve the lives of community members.

Super joined Michael Buckley, Vice President of Public Affairs for the BrightFocus Foundation, in kicking off the panel with a discussion on dementia resources available at the local, state and national levels. Super also highlighted n4a's various dementia initiatives, including Dementia Friendly America, an initiative working to catalyze a national movement of communities taking action to become dementia-friendly by leveraging resources and partnerships across community sectors.

AAA and other country representatives also shared local strategies, stories and advice for creating dementia-friendly communities. Speakers included Celene Steckel, Bureau Chief of Aging and Disabilities, Carroll County; Jay Kenney, Chief, Aging and Disability Services, Montgomery County; and Gloria Lawlah, Former Maryland Secretary of Aging and Dementia Friendly Lead, Prince George's County.

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