ADRC hosts Dementia Awareness, Education Series

AURORA, Wis. –The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will offer a five-event series to give the community an opportunity a chance to learn more about dementia and create awareness of this disease.

The five events include informational workshops, a movie showing and a Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

A Dementia Friends workshop will kick off the series from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College-Aurora building, room 125.

Dementia Friends is the largest initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way we think, talk and act about the disease. This session teaches about dementia and the small ways a person can help.

Contact the ADRC of Florence County at 715-528-4890 to register.

Dementia Live will be next in the series on Wednesday, July 24, at NWTC-Aurora. The ADRC of Florence County is collaborating with the ADRC of Marinette County to offer an inside-out understanding of dementia and aging. Using specialized gear within a safe, experiential setting, Dementia Live gives participants a simulation of what it may be like to live with dementia. By temporarily and safely immersing participants in this dementia experience, they can begin to change their attitudes about dementia, which opens the door to deepening their understanding of dementia and improving care.

Registration is required. One-hour appointments are available between 1 to 7 p.m. On-site respite care also will be available. To register, call 715-732-3850.

The third event will be a workshop on Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, presented by Julie St. Pierre, outreach specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association.

The program will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Florence Natural Resource Center in Florence, Wis.

St. Pierre will present research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan to keep brain and

body healthy. To register, call 715-528-4890.

The ADRC of Florence County will show the documentary “Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me” as the fourth event of the series at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Florence High School auditorium. No registration is needed.

Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. This film documents his journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of his progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicines of choice.

The series will end with the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Sept. 7, at Family Ties Adult Center in Iron Mountain. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

In the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 65 sends. This walk is an opportunity to come together and rally around the Alzheimer’s cause by raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

To register, go to act.alz.org/ironmountain or call Jeff Kleinschmidt with the Alzheimer’s Association at 906-362-2888.