September 16, 2021

Dementia Friendly Heard County provides assistive technology devices to local nursing home

Pictured above delivering supplies to the PruittHealth Franklin Nursing Home this week (L-R): Three Rivers Deputy Director Emily Rogers, PruittHealth Social Services Director Tamara Thornton, Heard Senior Center Director Lou Wakeman, Shirley Craven, Ann Adams, Karen Rogers, Callie Hill, PruittHealth Acitivities Sherebye Dixon, Paige Harrod, Becky Carlisle, and First Baptist Pastor Andrew Owensby

(Franklin, GA) — The Dementia Friendly Heard County group delivered some important supplies to Franklin Nursing home this week.

Among the donated items were fidget blankets, busy boards, piddle pets, baby dolls, and stuffed animals designed to aid dementia patients.

Emily Rogers, Deputy Director of the Three Rivers Regional Commission/Area Agency on Aging organized the Heard County Dementia Friendly group in 2020 after receiving a grant from the Georgia Gerontology Society, a non-profit organization that educates, serves and advocates for older adults and their families in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services.

A ‘Dementia Friendly’ Community is one where all people can live, age, and thrive, including those living with dementia and their care-partners.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms including impaired memory and thinking. Alzheimer’s is one cause of dementia. There are over 200 causes.

Studies show that people directly affected by dementia can have the most important role in any dementia-friendly community.

By sharing their experiences and connecting with others, they ensure that communities keep the needs of people affected by dementia at the heart of everything they do.

Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging plans, coordinates, and administers programs for older adults, caregivers, persons with disabilities, and grandparents raising grandchildren as well as provides a vital link to information and assistance for programs and services available in the 10 county region of West Central Georgia.

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