Alexandria Expands Dementia Friendly Awareness

By Kathie Miller, GHI Corporate Director of Marketing & Communications

Photo courtesy of Jackie Barbarito

First, the police. Next, clergy and lay leaders.

The City of Alexandria, Virginia is on a roll! In late July, Mayor Justin Wilson issued a powerful challenge: Make Alexandria a national leader in creating dementia friendly communities. And thanks to members of the Dementia Friendly Alexandria coalition, that challenge will be met!

Jackie Barbarito, Goodwin House Alexandria Assisted Living Administrator, is a member of the coalition, which recently completed their second week of Dementia Friendly awareness training–the Alexandria Police Department participated in the first seek, and members of the Alexandria faith community took part in the second week.

“I applaud the enthusiasm of our police department and faith communities in Alexandria,” said Barbarito. “They have fully embraced the Dementia Friendly initiative and are eager to learn, support and advocate for those living with dementia and their caregivers.”

Pictured here are Jackie and Paula Renee Stromatt, a member of First Assembly of God Alexandria.

Read more about Mayor Wilson’s challenge and learn how you can become a Dementia Friend and join other Dementia Friendly Community efforts throughout Northern Virginia.