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September 23, 2019

9/3/2019 7:28:00 AM
Department of Social Services spearheading 'Dementia Friendly Community' initiative

The Oneida County Department of Social Services has assembled an interdisciplinary team of professionals to spearhead an initiative to have Oneida County become a "Dementia Friendly Community."

"The goal of the Dementia Friendly Community initiative is develop an educated, understanding community within Oneida County to reduce the social stigma associated with memory loss, Alzheimer's or other dementias," according to a press release announcing the effort. "The plan then, is to foster community involvement to improve the lives and reduce isolation for those living with the disease and for their caregivers."

Dementia Friendly Training has already begun in the Rhinelander area, and several trainers are available to meet with interested businesses and organizations to assist in staff training. Locations already certified as "Dementia Friendly" include Oneida County Department of Social Services and Ripco Credit Union.

For more information on how to become a leader in this community effort to care about and for our neighbors; to listen to the feelings of our residents with dementia and support their caregivers; to see the sign and understand the needs; and to be one who acts, contact

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