In its dedication to better train cosmetology students and better serve those affected by dementia, the State College of Beauty Culture participates in an educational training program to become “dementia friendly.” But this type of training doesn’t stop at the beauty school’s front door.

Dementia-friendly training for other local businesses and organizations is available, too. This free program can be tailored to fit the needs of the group being trained, such as with the salon specific tips provided at State College of Beauty Culture. It is available in 30-minute or 60-minute sessions.

When a business or organization completes the training, that business will receive a window decal and certificate to 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 follow-up education and support to keep leadership and staff updated on dementia friendly practices.

The training explores the difference between healthy aging and the changes that could occur as someone develops Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Participants 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 might 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.

Contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin at 715-261-6070 or 888-486-9545 to learn more and schedule a time that works for your business or organization. This free 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.