Dementia-friendly community discussion Nov 15

The Fond du Lac Dementia Friendly Task Force will present What is a Dementia-Friendly Community? at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is recommended for the general public as well as caregivers and businesses. It is free; no registration required.

Members of the task force will talk about the steps underway to make Fond du Lac a place where people with dementia can live as independently as possible, where they will be valued and respected, where they will be supported as seemingly normal activities become more difficult and where the changes in the person will be noticed, understood and accepted.

The process of becoming dementia-friendly includes looking at the community environment – shopping, doing business, getting around – and making adjustments to help extend independent living. Often, when memory changes begin, many become more isolated, which can hasten cognitive decline.

The task force understands that dementia is a community issue. It’s estimated that 5.5 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s dementia, a number that is expected to double by 2050. For more information about the local initiative, visit dementiafriendlyfdl.com.

 

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