ORANGE COUNTY, NC (May 16, 2016)—The Orange County Department on Aging recognized several area businesses who completed the Dementia Friendly Awareness Training. 

Businesses recognized included Fidelity Bank, The Animal Hospital of Carrboro, Maitland Law Firm, Carrboro Family Pharmacy, the Law Office of Colin K. Austin, Walgreen's (all four Orange County locations), the Orange County Public Library, Cameron's Gift Shop, Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA and the Law Offices of Jeffrey G. Marsocci. 

The Dementia Friendly Orange County (DFOC) project, launched in November 2015, trains and certifies businesses in understanding dementia and how to assist customers that may have it.  To date, 30 business and organizations have signed up for training.  The project hopes to train 100 businesses by year end.   More information is available at

Training is free, takes 90 minutes and it can be done at the place of business or at the Department on Aging.  Businesses get a sticker for their door to let the public know that they are certified.

John Perry, Senior Vice President at Fidelity Bank received the award on behalf of his organization.  He commented, "With an increasingly aging population in our area, being Dementia Friendly is the right thing for us to do." 

The Dementia Friendly project is an effort lead by the Orange County Department on Aging, in partnership with the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and Acorn Home Care Services of Chapel Hill.