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Dementia Friendly Nevada Survey Results

Conducted by the Sanford Center at University Nevada Reno

KEY FINDINGS

  • According to the Nevada State Demographer, there are an estimated 286 individuals aged 65+, including 90 individuals aged 85+ living with dementia in Humboldt County.

  • It is estimated that 41 of those individuals aged 65+ who are currently living with dementia live alone.

  • 119 residents of Humboldt County completed the Community Awareness Survey, 48.3% of which were completed online.

  • Top sectors completing the survey were:

    • Hospitals (22.4%)

    • Residential care workers (10.3%), and

    • Neighbors (10.3%)

      • Of note, the business / retail sector comprised 8.4% of responses.

  • 66% of respondents reported some form of personal relationship with someone who is currently living with or who had lived with dementia.

  • Overall, respondents in Humboldt County reported positive attitudes toward individuals living with dementia with a score of 104/140 (74%).

    • Respondents reported a moderately high level of comfort in engaging with individuals with dementia (58 out of a possible 84).

    • Respondents reported relatively high knowledge (45 out of a possible 56).

  • Considering sectors, individuals from Residential care (113) reported the highest positive attitudes, whereas individuals from the business/retail and general community sectors (96) reported the lowest score.

  • Key community strengths reported include:

    • 1) area support groups

    • 2) senior centers, and

    • 3) the local long term care home

  • Key community weaknesses reported include:

    • 1) educational regarding dementia

    • 2) clinical services (tied with #1), and

    • 3) community-based supports

  • Key community resources reported include:

    • 1) the local senior center

    • 2) a clinical service provider, and

    • 3) ADSD

  • Service priorities, as ranked by the community, were:

    • 1) raising awareness of available resources and supportive services

    • 2) raising awareness of the warning signs of dementia

    • 3) increasing staff and volunteer training in helping individuals with dementia

    • 4) increasing community members' skills in interacting with individuals with dementia, and

    • 5) increasing available dementia related resources