Dementia Friendly Cedar Valley (DFCV) exists to promote change and education in the community to create a more informed, safe, and respectful place for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Formerly Dementia Friendly Waterloo, initial action team meetings launched in 2019. The DFCV initiative now seeks to make all of the Cedar Valley more dementia friendly. Progress in the Cedar Valley is driven by the action team of volunteers from across sectors as well as people living with dementia and past and current caregivers. One of the main priorities of the movement is community awareness and education, specifically through their Dementia Friendly Business/Organization training and recognition program.

Trained Dementia Friendly Businesses and Organizations:

Action Team Members:

  • Community Lead: Megan Zimmerman
    Dementia Friendly State Coordinator, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
  • Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh
    Professor of Gerontology, University of Northern Iowa
  • Kelly Carman
    Former Family Caregiver
  • Pat Geadelmann
    Former Associate Pastor of Care and Visitation at First Presbyterian Church, Waterloo
  • Jessica Fairbanks
    Director of NuCara Infusion Center, Waterloo
  • Kevin Dill
    Living with Dementia, Former Director of the Waterloo VA
  • Lori Payne
    Living with Dementia
  • Jenna Mandt
    Former Family Caregiver
  • Briget Meyer
    Regional Sales and Marketing Specialist, Jaybird Senior Living
  • Sonya Thrall
    Systems Initiatives Officer, Western Home Communities
  • Matt Trueg
    Community Member, Financial Advisor
  • Candy Diercks
    Owner of Home Instead Waterloo
  • Shari Cary
    Former Assistant Professor, Allen College

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