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
- Senior-friendly social events
- Transportation options
Other events include:
- Brain Health Conference: community awareness and
- Fundraising activities to encourage community
- Monthly meetings where the public can learn more
- 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)
- Respite retreats for caregivers
- 3-4 articles each month in local
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
- Increased opportunities for
engagement for all community members
In late 2017, the effort expanded countywide and became
Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and
Funding is always a challenge. In addition, it is
difficult to get people to open up about aging and
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.
The Dementia Friendly Nevada initiative offers a
Dementia Friendly Plan and a directory
of Nevada services.
Gini Cunningham, Facilitator
Winnemucca Alzheimer's Support Group
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,
Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Winnemucca and Humboldt County [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 18 May 2022]
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