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Biz Briefs: Two local businesses named as “dementia friendly”

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NEWS RELEASE — In an effort to increase awareness about dementia, reduce the stigma associated with memory loss and improve customer service, two local salons have participated in educational presentations on dementia friendly practices.

Gail’s Shear Joy Salon in Rothschild and Merle Norman Cosmetics in Downtown Wausau are now “Dementia Friendly” businesses.

This presentation is offered by the Central Wisconsin Dementia Network, a collaboration of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other community partners and volunteers.

The training includes learning the difference between healthy aging and the changes that may occur as someone develops Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.  Participants will also learn the 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s disease as well as helpful tips to provide good customer service and create positive interactions when communicating with someone who may have memory loss or dementia.  The training supports creating environments that will encourage those experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers, to maintain their social networks and community involvement.

The Dementia Friendly Training for businesses and organizations can be tailored to fit the needs of the group being trained.  It is available in 30 minute or 60 minute sessions.  When a business or organization completes the training, they will receive a window decal and certificate that they can display, signifying that they have participated in the training.  The businesses and organizations that participate will also be listed in a local directory of “dementia friendly” agencies and will receive ongoing education and support to keep leadership and staff updated on dementia friendly practices.

To schedule a training for your business or organization, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin at 715-261-6070 or 888-486-9545.

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