Dementia Friendly Fountain Hills

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The Town of Fountain Hills is honored to join a growing network of communities in the Dementia Friendly America® program. Dementia Friendly America is a national network of communities, organizations, and individuals seeking to ensure communities across the country are equipped to support people with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia-friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in the community and engage and thrive in day-to-day living. The Town of Fountain Hills is the 10th community in Arizona to receive the Dementia Friendly America designation.

As a dementia-friendly community, Fountain Hills is committed to being a town that is informed, safe, and respectful of individuals living with the disease, their families, and caregivers and the Town is dedicated to providing supportive options to foster quality of life through supportive community connections.

Dementia Friendly Fountain Hills will offer resources through the Memory Café program offered by the Community Center. The Memory Café will provide a caregiver support group and an activity group for those with memory loss. Prestige In-Home Services will provide daily programs and services through the Café.

Dementia Friendly Fountain Hills® Mission Statement

To maximize the quality of life, community participation, and independence for Fountain Hills's individuals living with dementia and their care partners through community-wide education, outreach, and advocacy.
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Compassion Cacti Lanyard Program at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Sky Harbor has a new program aimed at providing an extra-friendly and patient hand to customers who need more time or additional assistance when traveling through the airport. The Compassion Cacti Lanyard is designed to provide extra patience and understanding to customers who self-identify as needing additional assistance, when appropriate.

Customers, their parents, caregivers or guardians can request a Compassion Cacti lanyard prior to their next visit (within 3 months or less) by completing a request form at Skyharbor.com.

When a customer wears the lanyard, PHX Airport employees will know that the passenger may need extra assistance, or a little more time at the check-in counter, security checkpoint and other areas.

The Compassion Corner is located in Terminal 4 on level 3 behind elevator B in the Chapel at PHX. For additional information and assistance, please email Skyharbor@phoenix.gov or call 602-534-0293  

Upcoming Events and Programs

Banner Sun Health Research Institute Brain & Body Tour - The public is invited to learn more about exciting progress in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research and see where it’s happening during a guided tour of the world-renowned Banner Sun Health Research Institute. This 90-minute in person walking tour is free and does require registration. We can only accommodate a group no larger than 15 people.

Parkinson’s Disease Learning and Education (PDLER)Join our movement disorders team at Banner Research as we educate and empower both individuals with PD and the newly diagnosed in an online class series. Each month topics adjust, including what is PD, understanding non-motor symptoms, learn about current research, how to live well with the disease and many more.

Finding Meaning and Hope - A Free Discussion Series for Family Caregivers - Join a group of fellow family caregivers to learn how to regain hope and build resilience when dealing with the challenges of caring for someone with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. –2:30 p.m.
February 6 –April 9, 2024 (10 Sessions)
Fountain Hills Community Center

February Calendar of Events presented by Banner's Alzheimer's Institute

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or someone you care about are showing any of these signs you should ask others you trust if they are seeing these changes and schedule an appointment with your doctor or a specialist (neurologist, geriatric psychiatrist or geriatrician).

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