North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith dealt with dementia beginning in 2007, his wife said Wednesday at a conference.
Linnea Smith spoke Wednesday morning at a news conference for the launch of North Carolina’s first dementia-friendly community initiative, made possible by a $900,000 federal grant.
The Orange County Department of Aging held the event at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.
Linnea Smith said there needs to be more peer support groups, and she hopes the grant can help support that.
The goal of is to train two businesses a week to be dementia-friendly as well.
Dean Smith died Feb. 7 after a long bout with dementia that saw the slow erosion of what had once been his phenomenal memory. Dean Smith was known for being able to recall names and faces decades after he met people, and for being able to recall specific events in games that had happened many seasons before.
Smith coached the Tar Heels until retiring just before the 1997-98 season.
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