Hub Sponsors Breakfasts for Dementia Education

The Hub on Smith Street will hold breakfast education sessions this month to help businesses and other organizations become dementia friendly.

Breakfasts will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m on Tuesdays, on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, according to Program Director Kay Wallick. Wallick says one in two households will be affected by dementia in the next 10 years, and an organization that's dementia friendly becomes a stakeholder in the well-being of the entire community.

She says in order to become dementia friendly and receive a window sticker that proclaims it's dementia friendly, the business or organization must ensure that 50 percent of its staff complete the 60-minute training, evaluate the organization's space to find simple ways to create a safe and welcoming environment, appoint a team leader and agree to additional training for new staff or for those unable to attend the breakfast sessions.

Registration is required, and the number to call is 461-7134.

Wallick said those who complete the training this month will understand dementia an its many causes, recognize when someone has cognitive challenges and learn at least one approach to effectively communicate with those individuals. Participants will also be able to locate resources for those living with dementia and their care partners.

She said the goal of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Initiative project is to expand and significantly strengthen Sheridan County's ability to support individuals with dementia and their care partners.

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