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Working toward a dementia friendly community

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Imagine heading to a grocery store you've been to for years, and not remembering where a single item is. That's the reality for those with Alzheimer's or Dementia.

And with the number of those affected by these types of disorders growing every day, local businesses are looking to help. 

Lisa Wells is Eau Claire County's Dementia Care Specialist.  She's met with 14 different businesses to talk about what dementia is, the signs and symptoms, and how to communicate and provide customer service to affected people.  On November 5th, there will be a seminar for businesses to learn more. Well says it's a great opportunity to reach out to so many of our community members dealing with dementia. 

"Number one, Alzheimer's disease and related dementias is on the rise.  Number two, the greatest risk factor is age and we have a huge aging population.  And also create a better understanding about the disease in our community so people with dementia can feel comfortable to go to those businesses," says Lisa Wells.

The seminar will be at the RCU Corporate Center from 7:30 to 9:00p.m.  You can register online at by Monday, November 3, 2014 or call 715-839-4735.
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