Welcome to the webpage of the Dementia Friendly Middle Peninsula / Northern Neck initiative. Here you’ll find information about what we’re working on, local resources, and inquire about hosting a Dementia Friendly Workshop.

Bay Aging is following the example of numerous communities across the country, and following the guidance of the national initiative, Dementia Friendly America. Our goal is to encourage the community to become aware of those living with dementia and their care partners.

This is a community effort – no one person or organization can do it alone. But every part of the community can be involved – from business owners to bankers to bus drivers to church leaders, it takes the whole community to become dementia friendly.

Dementia Friendly Workshops

Adapted from the Dementia Friendly America toolkits, Bay Aging has developed Dementia Friendly at Work trainings. These trainings equip your workplace, group, or organization to effectively interact with and support people living with dementia. It’s a one-hour workshop for staff and can be tailored to multiple different sectors – businesses, first responders, non-profits, and more.

This training has 5 goals:

  1. Learn what dementia is and facts about Alzheimer’s
  2. Recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s
  3. Learn tips for communicating and interacting with a person living with dementia
  4. Learn tips for creating a dementia-friendly space
  5. Become familiar with resources in your community

Additionally, staff at Bay Aging are trained to deliver Dementia Friends sessions, which is a general, public-friendly workshop. This workshop is suited for a community group, a class, church groups or other public gathering. In this workshop, you’ll learn 5 key messages developed by the Alzheimer’s Society UK and what it’s like to live with dementia. At the end of each session, attendee’s are designated as Dementia Friends, and can then be trained to deliver the sessions themselves!

To find out which workshop would work for your group, send us a message!

For a PDF that contains some of the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, some caregiving tips, and information on Alzheimer’s in young adults, click on the button below.

Virtual Support Groups

Do to COVID-19 regulations, support groups are not meeting in person at this time.  There are a series of virtual ones that meet once a month by conference call.  Information for these is below.

MWH Caregivers Support  Group (Colonial Beach)

Virtual group meeting. Free group 3rd Wednesday each month for those currently caring for a loved one to learn about resources, find balance, and manage stress.
Next meeting is December 16,  2020 3-4 pm
Registration is required for groups. There is no fee to participate in any programming. Please contact Julie Burks to be invited to the group meeting at 540-419-2527 or julie.burks@mwhc.com

Alzheimer’s Group (Colonial Beach)

December 16th 2020
4:30 PM
Virtual group meeting. Free group 3rd Wednesday for those currently caring for a loved one to learn about resources, find balance, and manage stress.
For further information please contact Julie Burks: 540.419.2527.
To join the meeting either call in at:
(‪US)‪+1 802-866-0607
PIN: ‪891 027 762#

For a listing of other Virginia Support groups visit

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Page

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