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Watertown aims to be a dementia-friendly city

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WATERTOWN (WKOW) -- An effort in Watertown is aiming towards making the city a dementia-friendly community.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the effort is being initiated by Jan Zimmerman, a nurse and administrator of a local assisted living center.

Zimmerman wants Watertown to be a community where residents are educated about dementia, business owners are trained to assist customers with memory loss, and people with dementia remain independent for as long as possible.

Lori La Bey, executive director of Alzheimer's Speaks, says she thinks Watertown would be the first dementia-friendly community in the United States.  She says the concept has taken off in the United Kingdom.

The effort's first meeting is set for November 14th.  Zimmerman hopes to make it a regularly meeting.

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