Do you or someone you know have Alzheimer’s or a another form of memory loss? 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?
5.2 million Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s this year. By 2050, this number is expected to reach 50 million and the costs to take care of Alzheimer’s patients will exceed $2 billion.
BE THE DIFFERENCE
We have a CHOICE -- we can either sit idly by or we can change the way society perceives those with dementia. We can work together to remove the stigma experienced by many of those with dementia so it just becomes something people have but doesn't define them.
We can WORK TOGETHER to make Watertown the first city in the country which is Dementia Aware and Dementia Friendly. Our goal is to form a Dementia Action Alliance built with businesses and those with dementia to make this happen. By 2016, we would like 90% or more businesses in Watertown committed to doing what they can to be more dementia friendly.
- We believe people with dementia have the right to a high quality of life and to remain independent in their local community as long as possible.
- We believe people with dementia have the right to live well, engage in and contribute to their local communities as long as they wish to do so.
- We will address negative attitudes and raise awareness and understanding of dementia.
BEING DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AND AWARE
A dementia friendly community is one that shows a high level of public awareness and understands so people with dementia and their personal supporters are encouraged to seek help and are supported by their community. Such communities are more inclusive of people with dementia, and improve their ability to remain independent and have choice and control over their lives.
People with memory problems told us that for them, "A dementia-friendly community is one that supports a person living with memory problems to
- carry on doing the same things they have always done, like going shopping, playing golf or just sitting in the park
- find their way around and feel safe
- keep in touch with people and feel that they belong in their community
Memory problems can make these things more difficult but it can be made easier if they can live in a community in which people are helpful and supportive.
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY BUSINESSES (Click on Angel icon to see list of businesses)
Local business, committed to becoming dementia aware and doing what they are able to become dementia friendly. These businesses have provided their employees with education and can now proudly display the purple angel.
IN THE NEWS
- Media Book (PDF)
- Wisconsin State Journal
- Dementia: There is Hope Blog
- Green Bay Press Gazette
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
- NBC15 Madison
- Ohio 10TV
- The Detroit News
- Watertown Daily Times
- Associated Press "More Communities Becoming Dementia Friendly" (video)
- UNRESTRAINED; a CPI Podcast "Build a Dementia-Friendly Community"
Website sponsored by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA).