Lexington— October 1, 2021 Dementia Friendly Lexington Advisory Board announced the launch, for local business to go through a training to become dementia friendly. On Oct 26th starting at 4:30pm, Lexington will host is first Dementia Friendly Restaurant Night. In addition to this event, Lexington businesses can now get their Dementia Friendly Lexington Designation.
“This movement to make our city Dementia Friendly, has been a dream of Lexington native 99-year-old Virginia Bell” said Amber Lakin, Chairperson of Dementia Friendly Lexington Advisory Board. Virginia Bell, opened the Best Friends Day Center, is an author and world-renowned speaker on Dementia. She has been a pioneer in supporting dementia for the last 50 years. This movement is also supported by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, many volunteers, and businesses. Not only is Lexington fortunate to have Virginia Bell and so many Lexington citizens supporting persons living with dementia, we have the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging right in our back yard. The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging works to improve the health of older adults in Kentucky through research, education and outreach dedicated to understanding healthy brain aging and age related brain diseases. Lexington is paving the way to our city becoming one of the best dementia friendly cities in the Dementia Friendly America network.