Dementia Friendly Community Initiative
What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
A Dementia Friendly Community is one in which people with Dementia:
- Able to live good and comfortable lives
- Have the ability to live as independent as possible
- Continue to be a functional part of their community
- Are met with patience and understanding
- Are given support when necessary
Our Dementia Friendly Efforts
At Senior Outreach, we would like to work towards making McFarland Dementia Friendly, but building a dementia friendly community takes time, dedication, and commitment by businesses, organizations, and individuals. We have completed specialized training and can share this with groups by request. Several businesses and organizations have been trained already in McFarland, as well as the Aging and Disability Dementia Care Specialist.
The following businesses and organizations in McFarland that are Dementia Friendly:
- E.D. Locke Public Library
- Forward Pharmacy
- McFarland Police Department
- McFarland Senior Outreach Department
- McFarland State Bank
Periodically you will see Dementia specific events such as the Memory Screenings held at area libraries including our own E.D. Locke Library. There are also many Memory Cafés for those in early-to-mild cognitive loss. But other events, such as a Caregiver Boot Camp, will be held in November 2019 at the E.D. Locke Library, co-sponsored by Senior Outreach and given by the Alzheimer's Association. In June of 2019, Senior Outreach co-hosted a Legal and Financial program for families living with Dementia. Some other potential future events may be a virtual dementia tour event in which participants can experience what living with Dementia is like through the use of technology.
If you would like to be added to this list of Dementia Friendly businesses or organizations, please contact Senior Outreach at 608-838-7117 to arrange a training. Trainings can be done on site and take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. In addition, if you are interested in being part of our team to promote and lead these trainings and/or assist during educational programs related to this initiative, please contact us at 608-838-7117.