PORTAGE (WKOW) -- Finding a caring community for patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease can be a bit of a challenge.
On Monday, Janet Wiegel with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to discuss what they call a "dementia friendly community."
A dementia friendly community is one that has looked at its shops, restaurants, markets, and streets through the eyes of a person with dementia, then does everything it can to make it a place where they can continue to live as independently as possible. When memory changes begin, many become more isolated, which frequently hastens the cognitive decline. A community that understands dementia will be one that supports and cares for its neighbors who are struggling to deal with loss of memories, loss of the ability to do routine activities, loss of jobs, loss of independence, and loss of self.
The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin will host an open house Monday in Portage. The event will be held from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Portage Library located at 253 W. Edgewater Street in Portage.