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Past Articles and Local News About Dementia in WNC


March 2021, Black Mountain News


April 2019, Black Mountain News
Mary Donnelly of Dementia Friendly WNC, Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors President and adjunct member of Dementia Friendly WNC Tonia Holderman, and Suzi Berl used the Biscuits and Business chamber event to introduce the local community to the nonprofit organization.

The difference between an uncomfortable experience and an enjoyable one often comes down to awareness. A presentation by an area nonprofit at a Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce Biscuits & Business gathering on April 3 is the first step in bridging that gap on a local level.


Seeds of Hope with Karen Wolfrom

March 2019, WTZQ
Karen Wolfrom discusses Dementia Friendly WNC during her Seeds of Hope Support Group talk on local radio station WTZQ.


Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts

November 2017, Black Mountain News
Heather Bauer and Cathy Hebert weigh in on living well with dementia and how life after the diagnosis does not have to mean “doom and gloom”. The showing of Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts at the Lakeview Center for Active Aging includes panelists living with dementia, as well as local clinicians and support providers. We want to expand on the video’s points about the nation’s health crisis by raising awareness about the disease and focusing on the importance of quality of life, well-being and expanding our dementia friendly community. Facebook users can view the panel discussion online. (Click Here)


Dad: Foreman of our Family, Architect of Dreams

June 2017, WNC Woman
Former steering committee member Mel Kelley shares her memories of her father and dementia.


Advocates aid in chronic disease awareness

May 2017, MountainXPress
A review of community resources and programs that support the people of WNC as they navigate living with chronic conditions and aging.


Life Shouldn’t End When Dementia Begins  

May 2016, Citizen-Times
What if we could keep the doors of the world open to those living with dementia and their families here in Western North Carolina? Former steering committee member, Nancy Smith-Hunnicutt, gives an introduction to our grass roots organization.