Launched in 2017, Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati gathered public, private and non-profit organizations with a goal to gain acceptance for people living with the disease, and, by 2025, establish Cincinnati as the most dementia-inclusive city in America. Below are the founding partners of Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati.
Episcopal Retirement Services
Episcopal Retirement Services works to improve the lives of older adults through quality senior living communities and community-based services in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information visit their website at: https://www.episcopalretirement.com.
Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati
Since 1983, the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cincinnati has served individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, their families and caregivers in 27 counties in Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. For more information visit their website at: https://www.alz.org/cincinnati.
City of Cincinnati
The City of Cincinnati and The Office of Aging and Accessibility supports older individuals and persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers in achieving safe, healthy, dignified, independent, and self-reliant lives through collaboration, innovation, and community partnerships. for more information visit their website at: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/manager/office-of-aging-and-accessibility/.
UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute
Led by Dr. Rhonna Shatz of the Memory Disorder Center, associates of the UC Health Gardner Neuroscience Institute worked with members of Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati to create training modules. The team assisted by offering scientific methodology to refine and improve the relevance of the training modules with their research-based knowledge which helped apply it to real-world settings. This training will be used within our pilot programs and in Episcopal Retirement Services communities. More information can be found at: https://uchealth.com/memory-disorders/
In 2018 several pilot programs launched, including:
ERS and The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati have teamed up with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to create Memory Cafés in three library branches; Harrison, Blue Ash and Green Hills. Adults with dementia can socialize and partake in activities like music, games and adult coloring books. Memory Cafés meet monthly in a safe, comfortable space, and caregivers are welcome to join.
The Sleepy Bee Cafe in Blue Ash has also paired with Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati to create a dementia-inclusive restaurant training program, which educates staff on identifying someone with cognitive loss, improving communication and relieving stress when serving them.
First Financial Bank in College Hill has also paired with Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati to create a dementia-inclusive training program for banks. Much like with restaurants, DIC will educate staff and work on communication and stress relieving techniques when serving those living with cognitive loss.
Want to become a pilot partner?
Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati is expanding to other businesses and community partners. Community partners will learn about dementia, what it’s like to live with dementia, and actions you can take to support people living with dementia within your business or operation.