Medical Health Science Consortium announces ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ initiative

The La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium introduces plans for a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ initiative.

The plan’s aim is to provide caregivers with the resources to better care for their patients, and create a one-stop shop for information on helping loved ones with dementia. Project leaders said these resources can be useful for everyone in our community.

“Dementia is all around us and at times we may not notice it, or wonder why someone might be behaving in a certain way, and it may be because they have dementia,” Joanne Sandvick, project manager of Dementia Friendly, said. “If we have a better understanding of what that looks like, we can better interact with them ourselves and still make them feel welcome in our community.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people with dementia wander. A person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented even in familiar places.

For more information on the Dementia Friendly Community Project in La Crosse visit www.lacrosseconsortium.org/content/dementia

For information on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia click here.

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