Sessions Aim to Help Businesses Become Dementia Friendly

Elaine Henry during education session. At left is Richard Garber. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Elaine Henry during education session. At left is Richard Garber. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair attended a special class Tuesday. Here's the story.


Dementia, Elaine Henry said, feels like flying into an airport and discovering that all the signs are in another language.

That's one of the lessons that people take away from a series of education sessions being conducted by Henry and her husband, Richard Garber, at The Hub on Smith Street.

The sessions are provided through Dementia Friendly Wyoming. Kay Wallick, who's program director of the project, explained.

Garber and Henry have been conducting education sessions at The Hub for the past two Tuesdays, and a final breakfast session is scheduled for next Tuesday, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The programs are aimed at helping businesses and their employees be able to recognize the signs of dementia and communicate effectively with people living with dementia. Sessions deal not only with how businesses can become dementia friendly for their customers but how they can also help employees who might be care partners for people living with dementia.

Wallick said Dementia Friendly Wyoming is holding education sessions throughout the community.

Businesses can become dementia friendly, and receive a window cling stating “We are Dementia Friendly” if 50 percent of their staff completes the 60-minute training session, they create a safe and welcoming environment, they appoint a team leader and they agree to additional training for new staff and those unable to attend regularly scheduled education sessions.

Wallick said the overall goal of the project is to reach out to all sectors of the community.

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Richard Garber during his turn talking to those attending the session. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Richard Garber during his turn talking to those attending the session. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Slide shows normal brain, on left, and brain of person suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Slide shows normal brain, on left, and brain of person suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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