Dementia Friendly Educational Campaign Under Way

Richard Garber speaks during a Dementia Friendly Wyoming news conference Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Richard Garber speaks during a Dementia Friendly Wyoming news conference Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Black rugs can be a challenge to people who have dementia.

That's one of the bits of information that Richard Garber shared during a news conference on Main Street Wednesday morning. Garber said people with dementia perceive a black rug as a hole and won't go into a store with a black rug in its doorway. Colored rugs are better, he said.

Garber, who with his wife, Elaine Henry, provide dementia friendly training for businesses and organizations, was one of the speakers during the news conference, which was to announce Dementia Friendly Wyoming's Main Street educational campaign in Sheridan.

Kay Wallick, who's the Dementia Friendly Wyoming program director, said 10 businesses on each side of Main Street will display one of 10 small signs bearing an important message about dementia.

Wallick said 16 businesses on Main Street have completed the dementia friendly training and display “We are Dementia Friendly” window clings on their windows. Throughout the community, she said,60 organizations and more than 400 individuals have completed the training.

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Dementia Friendly messages that will be posted in stores on Main Street. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dementia Friendly messages that will be posted in stores on Main Street. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of those at the news conference. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of those at the news conference. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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