By Renee Koenig, UW-Extension
Nearly 2000 people living in Kewaunee County have some form of dementia according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The majority of people with dementia live in their own homes, drive and go shopping.
Earlier this month, Kewaunee County employees and board members attended dementia awareness training. The ADRC of the Lakeshore and UW-Extension presented the workshop. The participants learned to recognize the top ten warning signs of memory loss and ten strategies to improve brain health.
The Kewaunee County Community Aging Coalition strives to make Kewaunee County a dementia-friendly community. Education and awareness are keys to reducing the social stigma associated with memory loss and dementia. This will ease fear and isolation so people can easily access local resources and live well with dementia.
“I am concerned about the wellbeing of our aging population. We want to help businesses such as grocery stores, banks and even our county buildings to be dementia-friendly”, says Renee Koenig, UW-Extension Family Living Educator and Community Aging Coalition member.
If your organization or business would like to learn more about how to become dementia-friendly, contact Renee Koenig, UW-Extension Family Living Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.