ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WOWK) – The city of St. Albans announced today that it is now officially “friend of dementia”, which is the first in the Mountain State to take further measures to help those who struggle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Over the past three years, the city has worked to improve the quality of life for its residents, especially those suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s or any type of memory loss.
St. Albans resident Leah Kendrick lost her mother to Alzheimer’s and said, “St. Albanians must be praised for the initiative they have taken in making this community friendly to dementia. There are so many things they have made to help people. “
Municipal officials say they are happy to be at the forefront of this initiative in the state.
Mayor Scott James said, “What I wanted to do is bring more communities back to St. Albans. We are making progress, we still have a lot to do, but this is something the whole city can be proud of. The work committee, but the whole city should be proud of the fact that we are the first city in West Virginia to be a dementia-friendly city. “
City officials, law enforcement agencies and city businesses have been trained and certified on how to take care of dementia patients and help create an environment in which they feel accepted and comfortable.
“Dementia-friendly communities make the caregiver feel so calm … just being able to feel comfortable, you know because sometimes it is difficult to go out in a community and not know what is going on with this person. Providing only awareness of dementia patients, “said Kendrick.
Now Mayor Scott James also encourages other companies that have not been certified “friends of dementia” to contact the training program they have at the Hansford Senior Center.