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Training aims to bring awareness to dementia

March 13, 2019

JEFFERSON -- A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway with the support of the Jefferson County Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Heather Janes, a dementia care specialist, will host a Dementia Friends Champion Training Friday, March 29, and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in the community.

Having volunteered to be a Dementia Friends Champion, Janes is now delivering Dementia Friends sessions to people across Jefferson County.

“I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I wanted to increase awareness of dementia in our county and help reduce stigma,” said Janes. “It’s easy to get involved. I attended a training and I’m proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.”

The Dementia Friends initiative aims to transform the way people think, talk and act about the disease, stated a media release for the training event. The Dementia Friends session helps attendees learn about dementia and the small ways they can help.

The two-hour session will take place in the Watertown Room at the Jefferson County Human Services building in Jefferson beginning at 1 p.m. and is wheelchair accessible. Anyone interested in attending the training should call Janes at 920-675-4035 with questions or to register.

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