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Free Dementia Training for Gloucester County First Responders

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PITMAN, N.J. — July 7, 2019 - Consider the range of unpredictable situations first responders face each day. About 51 million Americans are age 65 and over while about 5.8 million live with some type of dementia. These statistics drastically increase first responders’ chances not only, of encountering older adults, but also those with cognitive impairments.

As an educational public service, United Methodist Communities at Pitman is offering a free Dementia Training on Wednesday, July 31 to first responders in Gloucester County. The senior community is conveniently located at 535 North Oak Avenue in Pitman. The evening begins at 6:00pm with a light dinner followed by the training 6:30pm.

Pamela Garofolo, corporate manager, Tapestries (UMC’s Memory Care residences), is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and holds a Master of Psychology.

The training will help equip first responders when assisting individuals who have cognitive impairment. The planned content includes the basics and biology of Alzheimer disease and other related neurocognitive disorders, why emergency management and related services need to know successful approaches and communication tools, and developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Garofolo states, “Dementia competency is essential among our first responders, who selflessly lend aid in all types of situations. They are, pretty much guaranteed to see more and more dementia in the course of their service.”

Please RSVP to or call 856-589-7800.


About United Methodist Communities at Pitman

In 1969, fire destroyed the Robinson Memorial Home in Pitman. With foresight, Mr. William E. Straub left a charitable estate in trust specifically to erect a home for seniors. On May 3, 1972, ground was broken for a new senior community, completing the vision of the Rev. Champion B. Goldy, pastor of the Pitman United Methodist Church, and Dr. Herman Wright, a local physician and church member. They partnered with the United Methodist Communities to bring Pitman to fruition — the first residents entered on August 12, 1974.

Today, Pitman offers assisted living, long term care, respite, rehabilitation, Tapestries® Memory Care, and Bridges" src="cid:image003.jpg@01D53634.A2B11050" alt="image003.jpg" border="0" class="Apple-web-attachment Singleton" style="opacity: 1;">Hospice and Palliative Care to persons of all faith backgrounds. It includes a variety of amenities from restaurant-style dining room, a bistro, patios, balconies, and easy access to downtown Pitman.

For additional information about United Methodist Communities at Pitman, visit or call 856-589-7800.



About United Methodist Communities

United Methodist Communities is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors affiliated in ministry with the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. The mission of the United Methodist Communities is compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life.

With over 111 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to nine communities offering independent, residential and assisted living; Tapestries® Memory Care; respite; rehabilitation; long-term care; Bridges" src="cid:image003.jpg@01D53634.A2B11050" alt="image003.jpg" border="0" class="Apple-web-attachment Singleton"> Hospice and Palliative Care; affordable senior housing; and case management, live-in and in-home personal care through HomeWorks.

For additional information about United Methodist Communities, visit