Pierce and St Croix ADRCs are offering training for businesses to increase awareness and understanding of those suffering with dementia so we can create a dementia-friendly community. Submitted photo
Pierce and St Croix ADRCs are offering training for businesses to increase awareness and understanding of those suffering with dementia so we can create a dementia-friendly community. Submitted photo

Submitted by Jan Hatling, Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put

SPRING VALLEY, WI -- Dementia is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills that make doing everyday activities difficult.  Everyone probably knows a loved one or friend who has dementia. In the next 20 years as our population ages the number of people living with dementia will double.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Pierce and St Croix counties are offering training for businesses to increase awareness and understanding of those suffering with dementia so we can create a dementia friendly community allowing people to feel safe and accepted. The goal is to ease the fear, stigma and isolation associated with dementia, enhance access to resources that people need to live well with dementia and to improve engagement with within the community.

The Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put board had the very informative training from Pierce County ADRC. The training is free and takes only 30 minutes but very worthwhile for businesses to increase understanding and learn what you can do to help support people who may be struggling with dementia.

We received the sticker after the training for our front door showing that we are a dementia friendly business where people with memory loss are met with understanding and support. You can call 715-273-6780 to set up an appointment to receive this valuable training.

Staying Put will be starting a Memory Café in Spring Valley. The Staying Put Memory Cafe is a social gathering where people with memory loss and their care companions can come together to share conversation over a cup of coffee, relax and have fun. It will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month beginning May 23rd/9:30 am -11.

If you want to join us, call 715-778-5800 and leave a message. We will get back to you!  This is free and open to anyone.