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Growing strong since November 2018

To date, Wisconsin has 858 Dementia Friends, 158 Dementia Champions and 38 Dementia Friends Master Trainers!

 

 

Dementia Friends Overview

Dementia Friends is...

  • A global movement to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.
  • Started in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is now in the United States, and has been brought to Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute.
  • For anyone interested in making a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia.

To become a Dementia Friend...

Participate in a one-hour, no-cost, Information Session led by a trained Dementia Friends Champion.

 

At the Information Session, you learn:

  • Five Key Messages about dementia
  • What it’s like to live with dementia
  • The most common form of dementia
  • How to communicate with someone with dementia

As a Dementia Friend, turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living with dementia in your community. Your action can be big or small – every action counts! 

 

Here are some examples of actions people have committed to taking:

  • Visit my neighbor who has dementia.
  • Talk to people at my church about what I learned at the Information Session.
  • Become a Dementia Friends Champion.
  • Be more patient.
  • Tell my parents about what I learned today.

More information: Dementia Friends Overview Handout

 

 

Upcoming Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Date/Time: 08/15/19 at 1:00pm

Location: 2nd Street Community Center, Marshfield WI

Open to family caregivers and community members

Register by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin for Erin Johnson at 715-424-8463 or by email at erin.johnson@adrc-cw.org

 

Date/Time: 08/19/19 at 1:00pm

Location: ADRC of Brown County, 300 S. Adams St. Green Bay, WI 54301

Open to community members

Register by calling the ADRC of Brown County at 920-448-4300.

 

Date/Time: 08/22/19 at 10:30am

Location: Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central WI, 220 3rd Avenue South, Wisconsin Rapids WI

Open to family caregivers and community members

Register by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin for Erin Johnson at 715-424-8463 or by email at erin.johnson@adrc-cw.org

 

Date/Time: 08/27/19 at 1:00pm

Location: Cambridge Senior Living, Rice Lake, WI

Open to Professionals only

 

Date/Time: 08/29/19 at 10:00am

Location: ADRC of Brown County, 300 S. Adams St. Green Bay, WI 54301

Open to community members

Register by calling the ADRC of Brown County at 920-448-4300.

 

Date/Time: 09/12/19 at 3:30pm

Location: Rice Lake Senior Center, 12 W. Humbird St. Rice Lake, WI

Open to community members

Register by calling 715-537-6225 or emailing at trisha.witham@co.barron.wi.us

 

Date/Time: 09/17/2019

Location: DNR Building, 810 W. Maple St. Spooner, WI 54801

Open to community members

Register by calling Trisha Witham at 715-635-4460 or emailing at trisha.witham@co.barron.wi.us

 

 

Dementia Friends Champions

Dementia Friends Champions serve as ambassadors for Dementia Friends, leading Information Sessions in their local community.


To become a Dementia Friends Champion:

  • Participate in a no-cost training led by a Dementia Friends Master Trainer to learn how to facilitate Information Sessions in your community.
  • Champions are asked to commit to hosting at least three sessions per year. More are welcome!

More information: Champion's Roles and Responsibilities Handout

 

After attending the training:
Click here to register as a Champion. Once you complete this brief form, you will see a link to all of the materials needed to conduct Dementia Friends Information Sessions.


When you have scheduled an Information Session:
Click here to register your session so we can add it to this webpage. Please complete this form for each Information Session you plan to conduct.

 

After conducting an Information Session:
Click here to complete the session reporting form. Please complete this form for each Information Session you conduct. Information you report will be provided to Dementia Friends USA.

 

**Master Trainers:**


 

When you have scheduled a Champions Training:
Click here to register your training so it can be added to this webpage. Please complete this form for each training you provide.

 

After conducting a Champions Training:
Click here to complete the training reporting form. Please compete this form for each training you conduct.

 

 

Upcoming Dementia Friends Champion Trainings

Date/Time: 7/31/19, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Room 223, Rice Lake, WI

Training will be presented by Dementia Friends Master Trainer Lisa Wells, Dementia Care Specialist, Eau Claire County

Register by emailing Jennifer Ellis at jennifer.ellis@witc.edu or 715-394-6677, ext. 6346. Please register by 07/29/2019.

 

Date/Time: 08/02/19 at 2:30 p.m.

Location: La Crosse County Administrative Center, 212 6th St., La Crosse, WI, Room 1107

Prerequisites: Participants must attend the 1pm Dementia Friends Information Session (listed above) prior to attending the Champion Training.

Open to professionals, family caregivers, community members and coalition members.

Register by contacting Kelsey Flock at 608-785-5780 or kflock@lacrossecounty.org

 

 

Master Trainers and Champions by County or Tribe

Click here for a list of Dementia Friends Wisconsin Master Trainers and Champions organized by the county or tribal community in which they are available to hold Dementia Friends Information Sessions. Master Trainers are also available to conduct Champions trainings. If you are interested in bringing Dementia Friends to your community, please contact one of the people listed below. If a county does not currently have anyone listed, please contact the state lead for Dementia Friends Wisconsin, Kate Kowalski, at kmkowalski@wisc.edu or 608-265-3885.

 

 

Questions?

For more information, contact Kate Kowalski, Dementia Friends Wisconsin state lead, at kmkowalski@wisc.edu or call 608-265-3885.

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