GLENDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 9, 2021) The city of Glendale has joined the growing network of dementia-friendly cities in the U.S., by partnering with Banner Sun Health Research Institute in the Dementia Friendly Arizona initiative, led by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.
This initiative is part of Dementia Friendly America, which works to ensure communities across the country are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Dementia Friendly Glendale is a collaborative effort with Banner Health, Inspira Arrowhead, Foundation for Senior Living, a strong community action team, and supported by the city of Glendale.
“Fostering the quality of life of those living with dementia through supportive community connections is so important because Arizona is expected to see the fastest growth of residents living with Alzheimer’s disease in the nation,’’ said Janice Greeno, senior outreach program manager at Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Greeno serves as state lead for Dementia Friendly Arizona.
“We are deeply grateful that the city of Glendale has made a commitment to collaboratively build a more dementia-friendly community by more effectively supporting and serving those living with dementia and their care partners,” she said.
In support of this initiative, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers presented a proclamation before the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Friday, officially acknowledging Glendale’s designation as a Dementia Friendly city by the Dementia Friendly America Program.
“I am incredibly proud that the city of Glendale has partnered with community leaders and volunteers throughout the city to form a Dementia Friendly America Program,” Weiers said. “Our population is getting older and dementia is a growing disease within our community. We must do everything in our power to provide knowledge and expertise to the residents of Glendale. This program is another tool to accomplish just that.”
As a dementia friendly community, Glendale is committed to being a city that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals living with the disease, their families and caregivers and we are dedicated to providing supportive options to foster quality of life through supportive community connections. Learn more at www.BannerAlz.org/DementiaFriends.
About Banner Sun Health Research Institute
Since 1986, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, part of nonprofit Banner Health, has been a leader nationally and internationally in the effort to find answers to disorders of aging including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research takes laboratory discoveries to clinical trials that foster hope for new treatments. Banner Health is Arizona’s leading health care provider and largest private employer. For more information, visit bannershri.com or visit us on Facebook.
About Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Since its inception in 2006, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) has sought to find effective Alzheimer’s disease prevention therapies without losing another generation, establish a new model of dementia care for patients and family caregivers, and forge new models of collaboration in biomedical research. It has made groundbreaking contributions to the unusually early detection, tracking, diagnosis and study of Alzheimer’s, and aims to find an effective prevention therapy by 2025. It includes the pioneering Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative (API), an extensive profile of research studies and clinical trials, comprehensive clinical, family and community service programs, a leading brain imaging research program, and strategic partnerships with public and private research organizations around the world. Learn more at www.BannerAlz.org.