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Mayor G.T. Bynum committed to making Tulsa the first dementia friendly city in Oklahoma

Posted at 5:46 AM, Apr 06, 2017

Mayor G.T. Bynum is committed to making Tulsa the first dementia friendly city in Oklahoma.

On Wednesday morning, Mayor Bynum hosted a symposium at the Morton Comprehensive Health Services in north Tulsa. The room was filled with community leaders from health and business sectors.

The goal of the symposium was to bring awareness to dementia, a degenerative brain disease that affects about 24,000 people in Tulsa.

By being the first city in the state to be dementia friendly, Tulsa will be joining other cities across the country in the national "Dementia Friendly America Network". The purpose is to find best practices for patients and caregivers dealing with the disease.

The mayor's assistant for community development policy, Christina Starzl Mendoza, said the city will be providing tools to help residents.

“We're actually going to launching a website, and from this website also hope to help connect folks to more resources and information," said Mendoza.

For more information on the initiative, click here.