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Dementia-Friendly Sheboygan County

Information Gathering Sessions To Be Held

Post Date:05/17/2016 3:23 PM

Dementia-Friendly Sheboygan County Information Gathering Sessions to be Held Throughout County

The Sheboygan County Dementia-Friendly Community Task Force will be holding Information Gathering Sessions throughout the county to educate the public and survey the needs of residents dealing with memory loss along with the needs of their caregivers.

The Community Task Force has been meeting for several months to begin the process of creating Dementia-Friendly Sheboygan County.  The group has reviewed the tool kit published by the Wisconsin Healthy Brain Initiative. This initiative is dedicated to building a community that values, supports and accepts individuals living with memory loss through leadership, partnership and education. Although the tool kit provides a road map and resources, each community decides what it needs to do to better support people with dementia.

As an aging population swells the ranks of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, communities are realizing the importance of educating the entire community about those living with the disease.  While people with dementia may eventually be home-bound or in care facilities, most of their first years are spent living in their communities, going to places of worship, stores, banks and restaurants and encountering law enforcement and medical staff.

Better preparing everyone from store clerks to police officers to support them and their caregivers is the goal of a growing movement called “dementia-friendly communities.”

The movement is focused not just on increasing sensitivity and reducing stigma, but on helping people stay in their homes and their communities as long as possible. 

The following Information Gathering Sessions will be held throughout Sheboygan County. Those interested in attending may select one of the following sessions to attend:

Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Health & Human Services, 1011 N 8th Street, Sheboygan

Wednesday, May 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Generations, 1500 Douglas Drive, Plymouth

Friday, June 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Adell Meal Site, 510 Seifert Street, Adell

Thursday, June 30, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Cedar Grove Library, 131 Van Altena Avenue, Cedar Grove

A Community Kick-Off Event will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 12 Noon at UW Sheboygan, One University Drive, Sheboygan in the Wombat Room of the main building. The event will share the results of the Information Gathering Sessions and provide opportunities for organizations, businesses and individuals to become involved in shaping Dementia-Friendly Sheboygan County.

For additional information or to register for one of the sessions, contact the Sheboygan County Aging & Disability Resource Center at  (920) 467-4100 or Lisa.Hurley@SheboyganCounty.com

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