We support people living with dementia

We support people living with dementia

Laura Lavoie, Director of Life Enrichment

Glenmeadow Director of Life Enrichment Laura Lavoie

The challenge: Many people in Greater Springfield are living with dementia. They, and their families and caregivers, experience struggles that many of us do not understand. There is confusion, sadness, fear, anxiety, and, for family members, frustration, anger, heartbreak, and exhaustion.

Our assist: We have enhanced our support for people living with dementia and their families. In 2018, we took part in an initiative that resulted in Longmeadow earning Dementia Friendly status. We have created support groups for people living with dementia and their caregivers, and in the wider community, we are offering information sessions living with dementia. “We hope to help people in the community better understand and relate to these individuals,” says Laura Lavoie, our director of life enrichment. “One of our goals is to help ensure that people in our community don’t turn away from someone with dementia. We want them to walk toward them.”

The result: People living with dementia and their families have resources, information, and assistance. Residents of the wider community are developing empathy and understanding. Laura says, “It’s a very powerful thing. You feel empathy and understanding and take that awareness back to your place of work or your home.”

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