Dementia Friendly Nevada Community Group

Dementia Friendly Washoe County

Monthly Community Group Meetings:

First Thursday of each month, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center
1301 Valley Rd, Reno, NV 89512

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Community Group Goals

Goal 1: Increase engagement opportunities for persons living with dementia in Washoe County.

Goal 2: Identify what opportunities people living with dementia and care partners would like to see in Washoe County through a community assessment.  

Goal 3: Foster collaborative partnerships among community members and organizations to better support people living with dementia and care partners in Washoe County.

Current Activities:

Dance with Me 

  • Dementia Friendly Washoe County has partnered with the Ballroom of Reno for FREE weekly dementia-friendly partner dance classes.
Let some dancing into your heart at Dance With Me! Participant celebrated Valentine’s Day together at the Ballroom.

Golden Encore Program at McKinley Arts and Culture Center 

  • Dementia Friendly Washoe County is honored to partner with the Pioneer Center for Performing Art’s Golden Encore program beginning in February 2024. The Golden Encore program will bring high-quality performances of art, music, and theater to elders in the Washoe County area, with an emphasis on ensuring a dementia-friendly and inclusive environment. These events are co-sponsored by the City of Reno.

Upcoming Community Group Events

Golden Encore Program

  • Dementia Friendly Washoe County is honored to partner with the Pioneer Center for Performing Art’s Golden Encore program beginning in February 2024. The Golden Encore program will bring high-quality performances of art, music, and theater to elders in the Washoe County area, with an emphasis on ensuring a dementia-friendly and inclusive environment. These events are co-sponsored by the City of Reno.
    • Golden Encore events will be held at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center in Reno, NV (925 Riverside Dr, Reno, NV 89503) from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on the following dates: 
    • March 12th, April 9th, May 14th, and June 11th 
    • Performances will be held from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with an hour following for refreshments and socialization. 
    • Download the flyer here!

Dance with Me

Community Group Member Spotlight: Hannah Linden

Hannah Linden portrait

Can you please share a little bit about why you became a member of Dementia Friendly Nevada?
I have witnessed through my work at the Sanford Center for Aging as well as in my personal life how challenging it can be to live with dementia, but I have also discovered how people can live well with dementia. People living with dementia deserve to live in an inclusive community that allows opportunities to grow, thrive, and connect.

What is one thing you wish others knew about becoming a new member of Dementia Friendly Nevada?
Anyone can be a member of Dementia Friendly Nevada, regardless of your connection (or lack of connection) to people living with dementia. Everyone can play a role in making our communities more accepting and inclusive.

What is one of your hopes for how your community can become more respectful, educated, supportive and inclusive of people living with dementia? 
I would love to raise more awareness of the dementia-friendly programs offered in the community and bring in people from all walks of life so that we can learn from one another. I think these connections are an important way to bring about change.

What is one myth or misconception about dementia that you’d like to dispel or clarify?
People often think that those living with dementia cannot have a good quality of life and cannot participate in meaningful activities or learn new things. This is not the case! Everyone’s journey with dementia is different, but everyone can continue to learn and enjoy life.

What are three of your favorite things to do in your leisure time?
I love spending quality time with my husband and son, getting outside for a walk or hike, and traveling whenever.

Prevalence of Dementia In Washoe County (2020)

9,336
people living with dementia 65 and over
2,476
people living with dementia 85 and over
1,334
people living alone with dementia

Community Group Impact

After hosting 30+ people at the Dementia Friendly Washoe County Kickoff Event, this Community Group is working to make an even greater impact throughout Washoe County!

Community Group Co-Facilitators

Hannah Linden portrait

Hannah Linden

Health and Wellness Director; Sanford Center for Aging

hlinden@unr.edu

Anne Pott

Director of Community Outreach and Education; Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada (PSCNN)

anne@pottfamily.net

Dementia Friendly NevadaSupport Team Members

Bradlyn Wissert

Community Programs and Education Coordinator
DEER Program

bwissert@unr.edu

Marc Lemon portrait

Marc Lemon

Graduate Research Assistant
DEER Program

marclemon@nevada.unr.edu

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Dementia Friends Information Session with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

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