Executive Director Update
Commission has begun interviewing the survivors of fraud victimization and will continue over the next two months with filming and documenting their experience. This is part of the Department of Justice grant and serve as an educational tool in Utah and across the nation.
Emily Christensen, a member of the Music and Memory Utah Coalition, has taken on the project of expanding the scope of the group with other arts in aging efforts as part of her graduate work practicum in the gerontology program and the University of Utah’s College of Nursing. A proposal of future efforts and partnerships will be defined in the next two months.
The Utah Falls Prevention Alliance (FPA), under the leadership of State Senator Jani Iwamoto, successfully passed a legislative resolution that recognizes September 22 and Utah Falls Prevention Awareness Day. The Alliance submitted an op-ed to the SL Tribune and other state dailies penned by co-chair Sally Aerts and Rob Ence of the Commission. Further legislative plans are in the works as is the future sustainability and structure of an effective FPA effort.
The Walks for Alzheimer’s have commenced and will continue into October throughout the state. The Commission is sponsoring a team to walk in Davis County in October. The Alzheimer’s Association has opened a satellite office in St. George.
Other current Commission projects include developing Commission member and community volunteer, Linda Milne, project on building emergency networks individually in the event of disaster evacuations. The Commission is also building support for additional funding for sustaining the Cover to Cover program started a few years ago.