Dementia Family Pathways is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to promote awareness for people living with Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. We provide local support, information, fitness programs, education, and advocacy for people in the greater Bay County community who affected by Dementia and Parkinson’s, including their Care partners, family and friends.
There are more than 2,000 people living with Dementia and 500 people with Parkinson’s disease believed to be living in Bay County alone; however, more than half of them are not receiving treatment or support. The reasons for this may vary, but our organization believes that a lack of understanding about Dementia and Parkinson’s disease may be part of the cause.
Dementia Family Pathways at a Glance
Our 2nd Tuesday Parkinson's Support Group was founded in April 2017 around the nucleus of a few people in Panama City who realized that the bonds of friendship and mutual support were key to remaining positive and proactive when faced with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
In June 2018, a small group of Care partners who were helping people living with Dementia also saw the need for a support group and formed our 1st Tuesday Dementia Support Group in Panama City.
After hurricane Michael destroyed Bay County and much of the Panhandle in October 2018, the need for resources for people living with Dementia and Parkinson's disease in our community became critical!
In May 2019, our local Rock Steady Boxing affiliate - 850 Strong RSB - started offering non-contact boxing-style fitness training for people living with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in Panama City, FL. In this corner - hope!
Dementia Family Pathways was incorporated as a non-profit organization in Panama City during August 2019. Our mission is to provide support and increase awareness for Dementia and Parkinson's. More importantly, we are dedicated to keeping and creating resources for people living with Dementia and Parkinson's in our community.
In October 2019, the Sounds of Joy Wellness Choir was formed to help people living with Dementia and Parkinson's find joy and wellness through song.
In November 2019, Dementia Family Pathways held its 1st annual Parkinson's Wellness Expo. Thanks to our generous sponsors, this event was free and provided much needed answers for many people in Bay County who are living with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
In February 2020, Dementia Family Pathways offered its 1st annual Dementia Wellness Expo that was well attended and sponsored by local and regional companies who believe, as we do, that "until there is a cure, there is care." This much needed event was free to the public and touched the lives of many Care partners who are faced with the challenges of supporting family members, friends, and coworkers who are living with Dementia.
Our 1st annual Tulip Trek was scheduled for May 2020, but was canceled due to COVID 19. Dementia Family Pathways has tentatively rescheduled our 1st annual Tulip Trek for October 2020 in hopes that the danger from
COVID 19 will have passed.
Save the date for Thursday 1/21/21 when Dementia Family Pathways will hold it's 2nd annual Dementia and Parkinson's Wellness Expo at the University of Florida in Panama City - Holley Educational Center.
Join us for the full day or register for the half day that interests you most.
CEUs are pending but dependent upon schools reopening in time.
Dementia Family Pathways currently provides programs including...
Parkinson's Support Group
We invite people who are living with Parkinson's, Care partners, family, and friends to attend our next Parkinson's Support Group meeting to get connected with an amazing group of people who will be more than happy to welcome you into our Parkinson’s family. We use the Parkinson's Care Program strategies for motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's to find solutions for improved function during activities of daily living.
Dementia Support Group
Our Dementia Support Groups is composed of Care partners who offer each other a safe place, where difficult discussions can take place in confidence, and where understanding, acceptance and encouragement are present. We ask questions and use the "Senior Gems - A Guide to Family Members with Dementia" to find solutions for the challenges that Care partners face every day. Support is always available and only a phone call or text message away.
Sounds of Joy Wellness Choir
Joining the Sounds of Joy Wellness Choir is an opportunity for all members of the Dementia and Parkinson’s community to raise their voices in song. One of the many symptoms of Dementia is memory loss and with Parkinson’s is a decrease of vocal quality, as the disease can affect articulation, breath support, and volume. Being a choir member addresses all these factors and provides an opportunity to socialize with those affected by Dementia and Parkinson’s disease while performing for members of the greater Bay County community.
Dementia and Parkinson's Seminars
Dementia Family Pathways aims to teach people about Dementia and Parkinson’s disease through seminars - so that they may be able to recognize early warning signs, feel supported in their decision to seek medical treatment and are provided with outstanding emotional, physical and mental support.