Strides Towards a Dementia-Friendly Whitewater
Whitewater is taking big steps in becoming a dementia-friendly community. In 2017, the Whitewater Community Foundation presented Seniors in the Park with a Community Action Grant of $1,000 to start the initiative. "Being knowledgeable about dementia is important, especially as the Whitewater population ages," said Jenny Spohn, Assistant Executive Director at Mulberry Campus and a member of Whitewater's dementia-friendly initiative. Jenny is shown here with a Dementia Live toolkit, used to give people a glimpse into what life is like with dementia. "Part of our job is educating local businesses about dementia, how to recognize when a person has dementia, and how their employees can be dementia-friendly."
Mulberry Campus staff have been integral in the development of a respite program through the Whitewater Dementia Friendly Initiative for the past year. The program provides an opportunity for adults who have dementia to enjoy a day away from home and allows a caregiver to run errands, attend to personal matters, or just have time to relax and refresh. The group recently celebrated their first session. The Rockin' Respite program will continue to meet twice each month. Mulberry Campus provides delicious, home-made lunch for the participants.
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