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Dementia Friendly Communities

The greatest risk factor for developing some type of dementia is simply “Getting Older.” Our communities are aging, increasing our overall risk. Steps we take now can help make our communities great places to live for years to come.

Wisconsin’s Aging Population

The pictures below show the age of each county’s population in 2015 and the projected change over the coming years. The darker blue indicates a higher percentage of people over the age of 65. Communities need to prepare for the challenges, like dementia, associated with increased age.
Wisconsin's aging demographics


What changes can communities make?
Simply learning to recognize individuals with dementia and learning how to support them goes a long way toward developing a dementia friendly community. The ADRC provides training on-site, at no charge, for any local business or organization interested in becoming certified dementia friendly.

View this video clip to help you understand experience the difference a Dementia Friendly Community a little bit of time and consideration can make in the daily life of a person with early brain changes.

Dementia Friendly Businesses

Why Become A Dementia Friendly Business?

More and more businesses are responding to the increasing impact of dementia on both customers and employees. Customer service staff addresses how to meet the needs of customers with dementia and their care partners; human resource staff recognizes they have employees caring for someone with the dementia.

Customer Impact

Since 70-90% of people with dementia live at home, they and their care partners will gravitate to businesses that welcome them with helpful staff and easily accessible products and services. 

Implementing dementia friendly business practices will help retain existing customers and employees and attract new ones.

Staff Impact

Lost productivity and time off costs (replacing caregiving employees, workday interruptions, absenteeism, and shifts from full-time to part-time work) of employees is estimated to be as high as $34 billion annually.

Businesses that support their caregiving employees are not just benevolent - they are smart: every $1 companies spend on eldercare support reaps a $3 to $14 return.

Certified Dementia Friendly Business

Help prepare your business for the changing community needs with certification as a Dementia friendly business. Your local ADRC facilitates the process, which requires you to:
  • Train at least 75% of your employees with ½ hour training(s), provided by ADRC staff, scheduled on-site and at your convenience. Training includes: 
Recognizing signs and symptoms of dementia 
Tips about how to communicate 
Making your environment dementia friendly
Information about local resources.
  • Designate a team leader to be liaison between employees and the ADRC trainer.
  • Include the free, 20 minute online overview of dementia for community members as part of new employee orientation.

Let the Community Know

Once you’ve met the requirements, your business will receive a purple window cling that states “We Are Dementia Friendly”. Most businesses display the designation prominently. If you like, we can also provide your staff with “I’m Trained” buttons to help share the message that your business is dementia friendly.

Visit the links below to find out what's happening at your ADRC!

Memory Cafes
Music and Memory
Memory Screens

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