On June 21, the official first day of summer, many people across the country will gather together to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg is honoring the day by holding community training sessions to help participants learn more about the disease, and how to cope with family members who may be suffering.
“I feel like it’s more about knowledge,” said Marie Swink, a social worker at Warm Hearth Village.
“Knowledge that people in the community do have dementia, and that they’re still able to lead active lives. What can we do to support them so they can remain as independent as possible?”
There are six opportunities to attend classes:
Village Center (2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg)
9AM, 11AM, 1PM & 3PM
Karr Activity Center (2603 Warm Hearth Drive)
10AM & 2PM
Training is open to the public and will include facts about Alzheimer’s disease, how to recognize signs of dementia, tips for creating areas that are dementia-friendly, and community resources.
In collaboration with LeadingAge Virginia, Warm Hearth Village has become the first dementia friendly business in Blacksburg.