Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson issued a powerful challenge on Tuesday, July 30: Make Alexandria a national leader in creating Dementia Friendly communities. Speaking at a press event at City Hall, where he presented a City Proclamation to the Dementia Friendly Alexandria coalition, Mayor Wilson drew inspiration from the Americans with Disabilities Act for expanding inclusion.
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President & CEO Rob Liebreich joined Goodwin House Incorporated on July 1. He has shown great enthusiasm and focus throughout his first month with us, though he took time from his busy schedule to answer some questions for The Good Life.
July is UV (ultraviolet) Safety Month. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. And it looks like the sun is the major culprit, causing 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers. Protecting oneself from the sun’s harmful rays is especially important as we age.
While you may have heard of dementia, you may be less familiar with the term Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), or dementia with Lewy bodies. According to the US Library of Medicine, dementia with Lewy bodies is estimated to affect 1.4 million people in the United States. It is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, yet only accounts for about 5 percent of all dementia cases in older individuals.
NBC4’s Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey shares that Alexandria is the fifth community in Virginia to receive the official “Dementia Friendly” designation. Carey explains how this effort helps those living with dementia — both those with the diagnosis and their loved ones who provide care for them.