Efforts are underway to help Lexington become more dementia friendly.

You are invited to learn about this effort, lend your voice, and find out how you can be involved at an event from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 30 at the Lexington Senior Center located at 195 Life Lane in Lexington.

Refreshments and respite care will be provided.

Register for the event by calling 859-278-6072.

Dementia Friendly Lexington began when a group of concerned community members, including caregivers, persons living with dementia and representatives from several organizations began to discuss ways Lexington could be more dementia friendly.

Partners include the Alzheimer’s Association, Bluegrass ElderLaw, Bluegrass Area Development District (an Area Agency on Aging) and the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Dementia Friendly Lexington’s goals include:

* Helping persons living with dementia and their caregivers engage in community life for as long as possible,

* Increasing awareness of the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers,

* Training individuals on ways to communicate and interact with people living with dementia and

* Reducing social isolation.

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.