Dementia Friendly Saline is a grassroots initiative intended to show our residents, and anyone visiting or looking at Saline, that our community respects and welcomes persons with dementia, and their caregivers, as valued participants in our community life. Persons with dementia are a part of, not apart from, our community.
Making their way in the community can be a confusing challenge for a person with the disease. Other people, and businesses and organizations are often just not aware of this.
Is it UNfriendliness?
No, it’s more a lack of awareness. So when people and organizations learn more about dementia and the difficulties it creates, they are often quite willing to help make it less difficult for persons with dementia to make their way in the community.