Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County
- Need: To make a rural community more inclusive for older adults.
- Intervention: Winnemucca, Nevada, holds monthly meetings around topics like health, housing, social events, and transportation.
- Results: So far, these meetings have led to more accessible transportation and parking. The effort went countywide in 2017.
In 2015, the rural community of Winnemucca, Nevada, held a meeting about people with dementia and driving, especially the importance of offering transportation options for those individuals instead of just taking away their driver's license. This discussion led to the development of the Age and Dementia Friendly of Winnemucca project, which holds monthly meetings focused on making the community more inclusive for older adults.
This project is part of the statewide initiative Dementia Friendly Nevada and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. In addition, it received an Independent Living Grant from the State of Nevada Department of Health & Human Services and won a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant.
Every month, volunteers meet to design action plans for aging-related issues like:
- Caregiver support
- Health services
- Housing that's safe and affordable
- Opportunities like volunteering and community involvement
- Senior-friendly social events
Other events include:
- Brain Health Conference: community awareness and resource opportunity
- Fundraising activities to encourage community engagement
- Monthly meetings where the public can learn more about dementia
- Monthly support group for those with dementia or their caregivers/loved ones
- Alzheimer's awareness events
- R.E.S.T. (Respite Education and Support Tools) training
- Respite retreats for caregivers
During the COVID-19 pandemic, ADF-Winnemucca has delivered tablets with an online conferencing platform so residents can order groceries, access telehealth, and video-call with loved ones. All ADF-Winnemucca meetings are offered live and via videoconferencing.
These meetings have led to:
- A flipchart for residents of health information and other support services in the state
- Concierge services: helping seniors leave the house and get on and off the bus
- Wider parking spaces for the senior bus
- More outdoor seating, like benches
- Valet parking at the senior center
In late 2017, the effort expanded countywide and became Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County.
Funding is always a challenge. In addition, it is difficult to get people to open up about aging and dementia.
The initial town hall meeting included a wide variety of stakeholders, including the mayor, district attorney, court judge, city council, hospital administration, a family member of someone with dementia, and other concerned community members.
Aging and aging-related services
Community and faith-based initiatives
Home and community-based services
August 7, 2019
Date updated or reviewed
September 13, 2021
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2021. Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/1065 [Accessed 27 October 2021]
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