FAITH COMMUNITIES LOOK TO BECOME DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AS AWARENESS BUILDS

Guests: Pastor Stephen Welch, Ripon, WI, who developed dementia-friendly faith services; Gina Green-Harris, Director, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute, Milwaukee Regional Office

You would think that faith communities of all religions, where people worship together and gather as family, would automatically be welcoming and safe places for people with Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairments and their families. The reality is that while they mean to be, most have not made the accommodations to be dementia friendly. It is not on purpose; it just takes education and some modifications for the desire to become reality.

On this program, enjoy a lively conversation between Gina Green-Harris and Pastor Stephen Welch, who conducted monthly dementia friendly church services in Watertown, Wisconsin. They describe why faith communities are important centers to advance the quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and what it takes to achieve that.

That is why people from ALL faiths are invited to Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison, on Saturday, September 29, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm to attend BRIDGING FAITH COMMUNITIES TOGETHER: FOR HEALTHY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED DEMENTIAS. The event is free and open to people of all religions, but registration is preferred. Call (608) 263-8818 or email [email protected]

The morning of September 29, the public is invited to the Alzheimer’s Walk at Warner Park to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Go to alzwisc.org for details.

On Monday, October 1, the NIH-funded University of Wisconsin’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center will hold it’s annual Community Lecture at Gordon Commons on the UW campus from 5-8 pm. There is no charge to attend. Keynote speaker is Dr. Emily Rogalski, an expert on SuperAging, in which people seem resistant to age-related changes in memory and thinking skills. For details, go to adrc.wisc.edu/events.