Dementia Friendly Support Center Launched in Sheridan

Stella Montano, left, family caregiver director at The Hub on Smith Street, visits with attendees at the Dementia Friendly Support Center open house. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Stella Montano, left, family caregiver director at The Hub on Smith Street, visits with attendees at the Dementia Friendly Support Center open house. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan's Dementia Friendly Wyoming program celebrated the launch of a support center Monday night with an open house at the new facility at 1 S. Scott Street.

Kay Wallick, who's the Dementia Friendly Wyoming program director, said the program received a three-year grant from the Administration for Community Living and has completed the first year and is moving into the second phase.

She said the support center will provide all kinds of support for people living with dementia as well as their care partners, to help them navigate where resources are and help them plan for the future.

The support center includes a training room for the business community. Richard Garber, a past president of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, said he and his wife, Elaine, will help educate the business community on how to become a dementia friendly business.

Garber said training sessions will be staged to accommodate the businesses, and training is a maximum of one hour. He said in order for a business to be designated dementia friendly, 50 percent of the employees must receive training. Those who complete the requirement receive a sticker for the window declaring the business to be dementia friendly.

Wallick said the support center is starting with training for businesses, but there also will be a different training for the care providers designed to help them implement practices for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia. She said the heart and soul of training will be to provide skill sets for care partners.

Wallick said the goal of Dementia Friendly Wyoming is to create a safe environment, a place where people with dementia and their care partners are welcomed and know that they'll be able to be a part of the community as long as possible.

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Dr. Sy Thickman and another open house attendee. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Dr. Sy Thickman and another open house attendee. (Photo by Pat Blair)
More of those who attended the open house Monday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
More of those who attended the open house Monday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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