Braintree and Lowell, MA (October 1, 2019) – The on-site Peabody Resident Services team, an affiliate of the Peabody Companies, a group of award-winning property management and real estate firms, participated in a Dementia Friends Champion Training at Rogers Hall Apartments in Lowell on September 19, as part of the Site Resident Services Quarterly Department meeting.   

Dementia Friends Champions are volunteers who encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community.  The goal of the Dementia Friends Champion Training is to help community members understand dementia, and it equips participants with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session.  These information sessions help community members understand dementia better as well as realize the small things they can do to make a difference for people living with dementia. 

During the training, 15 staff members became Dementia Friends, which means they have agreed to facilitate these trainings in their communities, furthering the reach of Dementia Friends Champions.

Rogers Hall Apartments – previously known as a prestigious private girls’ high school, Rogers Hall School for Girls – offers carefree living with a host of amenities that include a vibrant community gathering space, a cozy library, computer center and laundry care suite, as well as resident services programs such as Tai Chi, weekly bingo, and monthly socials.  The Rogers Hall community is predominately designed for residents 62+, as well as persons with disabilities who are under age 62.  Rogers Hall was named by HUD as a nationally ranked high performing property for providing quality housing to residents, and has earned the NAHMA Community of Quality designation.

“We are thrilled with the turnout we received for our recent Dementia Friends Champion Training,” said Doreen Bushashia, president of Peabody Resident Services.  “This kind of community understanding and support is so crucial when assisting individuals and families struggling with dementia, and we are so appreciative for all who took time out to learn more about how they can make a difference.”