DFS is proud to announce that our Friendly Day a the Movies program was selected by the Family Caregiving Alliance as a 2024 winner of this prestigious award. Please click here to read the official DFS press release.
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July 2022 - DFS Recognizes City of Saline
It only took 2.5 years to do so, but Dementia Friendly Saline recognized Saline Mayor Brian Marl and the entire city council and government for their early and active support for the Dementia Friendly Saline effort. Interim Director Jim Mangi presented a certificate to Mayor Brian Marl as part of an update presentation to the City Council.
DFS Presentation to City of Saline click here.
5/15/2022 - Better late ...
Holy Faith Church was the first organization of any kind in Saline to become Dementia Friendly. Their hosting of the 2019 In This Together lecture series on dementia awareness was an early example, as is their continuing commitment to supporting the Come As You Are Memory Café.
So it was past time for Dementia Friendly Saline to present Pastor Andrea Martin with an official recognition of the congregation’s efforts to make living in Saline more comfortable for persons dealing with dementia.
March 2022 - Business Practices Workshop
With help from the Saline Main Street organization, Dementia Friendly Saline presented a combined workshop on Dementia Friendly business practices to owners and employees of nearly a dozen local organizations. Offered in hybrid format - some by Zoom, some in the room - the workshop presented information on the common difficulties persons with dementia encounter in shopping, dining and generally participating in Saline’s community life, along with easy ways to help such customers and clients. Attending the workshop were persons from:
Saline Main Street
Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home
Nu2U Again Resale Shop
Saline Area Social Services
Fine Print Bookshop
Whitepine Art Studio
City of Saline
Saline Rotary Club
February 2022 - College Students Become Dementia Friends
The student-led Perfect Pair organization of the University of Michigan matches student volunteers with older persons living in residential facilities who are in need of companionship.
Begun as a local initiative offering virtual visits to senior citizens isolated during the pandemic, Perfect Pair has become an ongoing program at multiple university campuses.
Because a portion of the older residents served are also living with dementia, Perfect Pair asked Dementia Friendly Saline to provide several workshops to their volunteers.
At one virtual workshop, 40 students from four universities learned how to be Dementia Friends. Several Perfect Pairs have attended Dementia Friendly Saline’s Memory Cafes.