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What a Whirlwind of a Week!

It was such a privilege to join Heritage Homes of The Lutheran Home Association in taking the first steps in Watertown, Wisconsin in becoming Dementia Aware and Dementia Friendly.  The buzz in conversation was exciting to say the least.  From the Mayor, to various businesses, to those caring for someone with dementia… To hear surrounding communities talk of the steps they have been taking to shift their dementia care culture and wanting to join forces was exhilarating.  So much interest and activity and I’m sure the  Watertown Dementia Awareness Coalition will be off to a great start for their first meeting November 14th, 2013.

The launch of the first Memory Cafe in Watertown went off without a hitch.  We had a great group for the first meeting and everyone appeared to be so comfortable opening up and talking so honestly for the get go.  It truly was an honor to facilitate their first meeting.

If you are interested in more information in the Watertown Coalition, please contact Jan Zimmerman at  920-567-2003 or jrzimmerman@tlha.org.

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Wisconsin State Journal

by Doug Erickson, Oct 20th, 2013

The designation doesn’t have a precise definition, La Bey said, but typically refers to a community that takes deliberate, coordinated and ongoing action to enable people with memory loss to feel safe in a community. That means everything from easy access to local facilities such as banks and shops to ensuring that social networks can be maintained. The concept has taken off in the United Kingdom but is just beginning here, she said.  For the Full Article Click Here.

Watertown Daily Times

Samantha Christian, Oct 17th, 2013

City Poised To Become 1st Dementia-Friendly Community. Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks led a free educational session on how Watertown can become a dementia aware and friendly community Tuesday evening at Madison College.  For the Full Article Click Here.

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Witnessing Alzheimer’s on

alzheimersspeaks_radio_logo_from_websiteToday we have a variety of people share their stories, insights and initiatives.

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evan_g_picOur first guest is Evan Gessman has over 30 years experience in geriatrics. He is a Nurse Trainee who works a lot with dementia. He works with Jewish Family Services, is an Interpreter and does Respite Worker.

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esther helfgottOur 2nd guest will be Esther Altshul Helfgott, Author of her new book “Dear Alzheimer’s – A Caregiver’s Diary and Poems.”

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lutheran home assoc logoOur 3rd guest is Jan Zimmerman, Administrator of Heritage Homes part of The Lutheran Home Association who is working with Alzheimer’s Speaks to kick off a Memory Cafe and one of the first if not the first US community to go Dementia Friendly this October in Watertown, Wisconsin!

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Email – jrzimmerman@tlha.org

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Businesses To Go Dementia Friendly In Watertown, Wisconsin

Businesses Go Dementia Friendly

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Serve Rapidly Growing Segment of Consumer Market

Watertown, WI – What would you do if you were diagnosed with a disease that would eventually rob you of your memory? What if there was no cure and no timetable for how long you would live with the disease. The friends and family you know and love would become strangers. Simple tasks such as going to the grocery store, the bank or even out to a restaurant would become an ordeal and frustrating; maybe even humiliating.

Based on statistics published by the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently 5.3 million Americans (and 35.6 million people worldwide) living with Alzheimer’s disease this year and a new diagnosis is made every 70 seconds. In WI alone, there is an estimated 110,000. With the first baby boomers soon entering the pool of those at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), there are many challenges ahead. By 2050 the number is expected to reach 16 million in the U.S.

The way Jan Zimmerman, RN, Administrator of Heritage Homes Assisted Living and Memory Care in Watertown, WI and Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks see it, we have a choice – we can either sit idly by or we can change the way society views those who have the dementia.

Zimmerman and La Bey a global expert on dementia from Minnesota; will kick off a “Dementia Friendly Campaign.” On October 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Madison College located on 1300 West Main Street in Watertown, an educational session will be offered free to the community to let people know why it is important to be aware of the needs of someone living with dementia and tips on how they can be a part of a dementia friendly community.

On October 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Connections Café in Watertown, La Bey will attend the grand opening of the Memory Café, an informal social gathering where those with dementia and those who support them can gather to enjoy the camaraderie of others with dementia.

“Our goal is to create awareness among business owners and employees that people who have dementia are still a vital part of community,” Zimmerman says. “The only thing that is unique is that they may have to be approached in a more sensitive manner.”

Zimmerman and her staff will provide education to Watertown’s business community to give business owners and employees the tools to effectively assist those with dementia. For example, Zimmerman will educate restaurant workers to limit the number of choices that are presented to a guest.

“Think about what the average person goes through at a restaurant,” Zimmerman says. “The server introduces him or herself, asks if we want a glass of wine or perhaps a beer or soft drink, then they might tell us about that day’s specials. That’s a lot of information to take in even if you don’t have dementia. If you do have dementia, it’s way too much to process.”

“Employees in the food industry, financial services or banking – really any business that has a high number of transactions that take place rapidly – need to recognize someone with dementia, slow down, and limit that number of questions and choices.”

Zimmerman adds that part of her vision is to have identification cards available for those with dementia or their support persons, which can be presented when at a restaurant or bank, for example, so employees will instantly know they need to change their service approach. It is a more subtle way to let people know that additional help is needed should the person wish to share that information.

To achieve this goal, Zimmerman is hoping to create a vibrant, active coalition of businesses, those living with dementia and community members who support those with dementia. The Watertown Dementia Aware Coalition is one of the first steps to creating an inclusive community.

Lori La Bey of Alzheimer’s Speaks says, “Changing how communities and businesses approach and work with someone with dementia will have a huge impact not only for the person with dementia, but family caregivers and employees as well.  Better service is good for everyone involved.”

“Imagine being limited as to where you can go because of a disease.  We have built ramps for those with mobility issues, now it is time to build ramps on an emotional and psychological basis to allow those with dementia to engage in their communities.”

To help businesses start the journey to becoming one of the first dementia aware communities in the United States, Heritage Homes is hosting the free event, “Watertown: Dementia Aware, Dementia Friendly”. The goal is to let businesses know what they can do to remove the stigma of having a diagnosis of dementia and enabling those with dementia remain a vital part of the community. Heritage Homes is asking businesses to:

  1. Sign a pledge committing the business to learning more about how to help employees become more dementia aware.
  1. Assess their business environment to see how it can be made more dementia friendly and easier to navigate for a person with memory loss.
  1. Join the Watertown Dementia Awareness Coalition to let people know that the business supports those with dementia and the persons who support them.
  1. Display The Purple Angel in the business windows to let people know that the business is dementia aware and dementia friendly.

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  1. Encourage employees to attend training sessions and read informational material by the Watertown Dementia Awareness Coalition.

Space is limited

If you are interested in attending on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m., please RSVP to Jan Zimmerman, Administrator at 920-567-2001 or send an email to jrzimmerman@tlha.org.

About Heritage Homes

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Heritage Homes offers independent living and assisted living. There is a dedicated unit for those with dementia and other related memory loss diagnoses.  Located at 700 Welsh Road in Watertown, Heritage Homes is owned and operated by The Lutheran Home Association. For more information, please visit www.myheritagehomes.org or www.tlha.org.

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About Alzheimer’s Speaks

Alzheimer’s Speaks is US based advocacy group that provides education and support for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Their vision is to shift caregiving from crisis to comfort by removing the fear and providing economical services, tools, concepts and products to those in need.  Alzheimer’s Speaks believes collaborative and alternative approaches push society forward in search for answers and so they provide a variety of platforms and forums to educate and shift our dementia care culture for professionals, family caregivers and the public at large.  By working together and sharing knowledge, Alzheimer’s Speaks feels we can win the battle against this disease. For more information please visit http://www.AlzheimersSpeaks.com

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