The City of Surprise and is a Dementia Friendly city, part of the Dementia Friends initiative. Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.
With Arizona anticipated to experience the highest-growth rate of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationally, Surprise is partnering with community experts in aging and cognitive disorders to provide access to programs and resources to help the community understand what dementia is and how it affects people.
Here are some of programs and resources available:
Memory Cafés provide a social and resource place for people living with memory loss and their care partners. Caregivers participate in an educational and/or support session while people with memory loss actively participate in a cognitive engagement program. The free sessions are scheduled:
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Second and fourth Tuesday of every month (starting Oct. 8, 2019) Salvation Army, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise
The café is provided in partnership with Banner Sun Health Research Institute, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Benevilla, Sun Health Wellness and the Alzheimer’s Association.