Hope for Family and Friends Living with Dementia


Dear Sun Lakes Community –

THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL!  As  of September 2022, Sun Lakes has been designated as a Dementia Friendly Community.  What does that really mean for you? 

It means as a family living with dementia, there is hope, help and understanding right outside your door.  As a neighbor it means it will be a little less awkward to handle what may previously have been a more difficult situation.

It means we have enhanced this incredible community with all of its assets to have yet one more amazing benefit – easy access Dementia Resources.  Along with that,  we will continue to create awareness and understanding of what dementia is, what it looks like, how it affects both care partners (those living with it and those caring for loved ones living with it) and their families.  This program will allow all of us to both better understand itx and live with it a little easier. 

Dementia is a family disease.  Everyone in our circle is affected by it. 

Whether your family has been touched, or one of your neighbors or friends is now showing some signs of change, it affects us all    individually and as community.  And the sad reality is, many people are ashamed to share their situation for fear of unacceptance.  They close their doors and hide instead of reaching out for help. 

We are here to help facilitate change
Sun Lakes Country Club will kick off their community meeting
We invite you to join us to learn how you can become a dementia friend at a
Wednesday, January 18
th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sun Lakes Country Club –  The Mirror Room
RSVP to Elaine – admin@slcep.org or call 480-203-8548

We’ll start with a five minute introduction to each of the resources that are right here in Sun Lakes to help, and then we will have a one-hour informational session so you understand exactly what it means to be a dementia friend.  Question and answer period to follow.  This is a free program open to the entire community.

The management of all our country club communities are on board to help rid the stigma associated with this diagnosis and to embrace all who are living with some cognitive changes.  Both Sun Lakes Country Club and Robson Reserve have already had their entire staff go through the Dementia Friend Informational Session and are on their way to becoming Dementia Friendly Businesses.

There is a Sun Lakes Dementia Friendly Action Team that is working to spread the word and get all of the businesses in Sun Lakes on board.  We are looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this life-changing program.  Volunteers who are interested in becoming champions and offering the informational sessions are also needed.  Please contact Sheryl at Neighbors Who Care, for more information.

We hope you will join in and be a part of a warm, welcoming and much needed community program.  For those who are not interested in volunteering, It only takes an hour or so of your time to become aware, become a friend and benefit so many people.  There are no time commitments involved or required after this class!  We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.


Sheryl Keeme
Executive Director
Neighbors Who Care
Co-Chair Dementia Friendly Sun Lakes

Elaine Poker-Yount
Southeast Valley Memory Café
Co-Chair Dementia Friendly Sun Lakes