We have individuals in our community who suffer from dementia related illnesses and feel unwelcomed and often scared. Due to this disease, many people who were previously active participants in our community find themselves unable to recognize their world and community. As this disease progresses, brain cells die, language, vision, motor skills, and problem solving abilities also die with them. As a coalition, we recognize that a flourishing community seeks to honor, value and include all of its members in a common life, including those with dementia. Our
coalition’s goal, is to help individuals be able to function in and live in our community as valued members. Community means that we’re all in this together and by working together we can be successful at creating a community that is helpful, respectful and welcoming to all.
The immediate needs of our community will be further reviewed through our community needs assessment survey.
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dementia/demographics.htm offer more information on our growing aging population for both the state of Wisconsin and Marinette County. The biggest risk factor for dementia is age. The longer we live the more likely we are to be diagnosed with dementia. Sadly, this fact will lead to a significant increase in cost for tax paying citizens. Alzheimer’s and related dementias are an increasing problem to the general due to the high cost of care.