In our communities, nearly 70% of people with Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common type of dementia, live in their own homes and need support from families and community members. The mission of the Dementia Friendly Community Coalition (DFCC) of Marinette County is to create a dementia-friendly community that is safe, respectful and welcoming for people living with dementia through awareness, education and community engagement.

In attempts to make Marinette County Dementia Friendly, the DFCC has provided Purple Angel Training for numerous businesses and organizations within Marinette County. The DFCC appreciates these groups for taking action to learn more about creating dementia-friendly environments for everyone touched by Alzheimer’s Disease.

We want to thank the following businesses/organizations for doing their part to ensure Marinette County is Dementia Friendly: ADRC of Marinette County; Marinette County Care Worker Program; Lakeland Care Inc.; Peshtigo Corral; Marinette County Elderly Services; Lee’s Family Foods; Witt’s Piggly Wiggly/Ace Hardware; Care Wisconsin; Taylor Street Adult Family Home; Marinette Farm and Garden; Kallgren Law Office; Pound Adult Family Home; Brostowicz Family Dentistry; Washington Square; Marinette County Elderly Services Commission of Aging Board; Marinette County Health and Human Services Department; Care and Share Alzheimer’s Support Group; Marinette County Elderly Services Meal Sites; Stephenson National Bank & Trust (all branches); Farmers and Merchants Bank (all branches); Our Saviors Lutheran Church; ValuCare Pharmacy; Northeast Wisconsin Technological College Nursing Student Class; Kiwanis Club of Marinette; Forward Financial Credit Union (all branches); Peshtigo National Bank and Trust (all branches); HearingLife of Marinette; Marinette County Courthouse; Bellin Health Clinic of Marinette; Marinette County Community Support Program; Strand Salon; Marinette County Libraries (all branches); and The Cottages at Lake Park. This list represents 541 individuals that completed the training.

Upon completion of the training, those 541 individuals have a better understanding of dementia and warning signs of the disease. The training also provided tips on what’s involved in creating an informed, safe and respectful environment for a person living with dementia so that dementia-friendly is “at work” everywhere. It has been shown that what’s good for dementia, is good for everybody.

As a coalition, the DFCC plans to engage as many professionals, businesses and personal caregivers as possible to offer training in ways to interact and care for those living with Dementia. A business or group that is dementia-friendly becomes a valuable stakeholder in the well-being of our community.

Teresa Clement is a DFCC Board Member and the ADRC of Marinette County Dementia Care Specialist. Those who are interested in the becoming “Dementia Friendly” or would like more information may call Teresa at 715-732-3850.