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Dementia is a group of conditions characterized by the impairment of at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and judgment. It is a loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning skills and is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include forgetfulness, limited social skills, and thinking abilities so impaired that it interferes with daily functioning.
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured and can last for years or be lifelong.
Not only is Dementia difficult for the person experiencing it, but it's also incredibly difficult for their families and loved ones. Often families and caregivers want to help the person experiencing dementia keep their life as normal as possible, for as long as possible.
At Ripco Credit Union we couldn't agree more, and are making sure that our members know we are doing our very best to lead the race for progress, awareness and understanding.
Ripco staff have all been trained to recognize and accommodate individuals with forms of dementia. Four Ripco staff members have received training as Dementia Friendly Trainers, and will be assisting other local businesses in the effort to attain Dementia Friendly certification.
The Oneida County Interdisciplinary Team has started an initiative to have Oneida County become a “Dementia Friendly Community” and Ripco Credit Union is among the first local businesses to become a certified Dementia Friendly Location.
The goal of a Dementia Friendly Community is to increase awareness and understanding within the community of what dementia is so that people are more likely to seek a diagnosis, ease the fear associated with it, reduce isolation and help those who are affected – both the person with the disease and their caregivers.
We want those affected to continue to maintain access to local businesses and feel comfortable and supported while they are there.