June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Published: June 19, 2019


June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. There are more than 130,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the US.  June 18th was Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts State House and there were multiple activities to raise awareness about brain health as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “June 21st is the Longest Day” campaign.

Bridgewell provides support to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia in a variety of settings. The Kelly J. Martin Center has a memory impairment classroom that includes people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s in addition to an intellectual/developmental disability. The staff have taken additional specialized trainings through the Alzheimer’s Association and attended conferences about dementia and Alzheimer’s. The classroom floor physical plan and overall environment is specifically designed to provide the best care and service to those with a memory impairment.

One of Bridgewell’s community homes is an Alzheimer’s/dementia specialty program. The home is designed with accessible bathrooms and doorways, abundant natural and artificial lighting, non-glare surfaces, and comfortable common areas free of visual and physical clutter. Staff receive ongoing training on how to support individuals diagnosed with I/DD and dementia using the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices curriculum.

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