Program helps people, family living with dementia in La Crosse County

Program will introduce new new topic each month

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) -A new program is connecting people in rural communities living with dementia.

Memories Community Grounds Café is a program for people with dementia, their caregivers, family, and friends.

The once-a-month program is set for different communities throughout La Crosse County.

The first event kicked off with story-telling at the Onalaska Public Library.

Poetry and an article about old cars were some of the story topics.

The group then talked about memories that came to them during the event.

Story-telling can help people with dementia and their families feel in control.

“You can’t be wrong, whatever your thought, or relation to the piece is, that’s your story. So often people living in the community with dementia, it’s right or wrong, the date was this and you mixed up,” said Kelsey Flock, La Crosse County Dementia Care Specialist.

The program introduces new topics each month.

For more information call the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (608) 785-5700.