Mindful of aging diners’ needs

Culpeper, Virginia leads way for dementia-friendly restaurants

John Beck with Unk at a raw bar/ Provided
John Beck with Unk at a raw bar/ Provided
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The stickers made my heart jump. In bold purple letters on windows around Culpeper, Virginia, decals read “We are Dementia Friendly.” 

For months, I’d been looking for places to take my mom, who was diagnosed with dementia three years ago, shortly after her seventieth birthday. Turns out, the staunchly quaint Culpeper, a town of 20,000 about 90 minutes from Washington D.C., has 61 dementia-friendly restaurants and businesses. And this is in large part thanks to John Beck, a man determined to make the town one of the most dementia-inclusive destinations in the state.

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