Head of area nonprofit tapped to address AARP on success of dementia program

The head of a Hilton Head Island nonprofit group-- which provides day care and support services to dementia sufferers and their caregivers -- has been tapped to address the AARP's National Policy Council in Washington, D.C. this month.

Edwina Hoyle, executive director of Memory Matters, was invited to address the council in October after the nonprofit group's recent success with a dementia program, according to a news release.

The group recently partnered with The Purple Angel Project, an international movement which works to create dementia-friendly communities, to conduct free, on-site sensitivity training with 903 employees at 42 area businesses.

Businesses and organizations that complete the training are given a Purple Angel Kite decal to display.