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Dementia Friendly Communities - ADAW

Middleton, WI
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Dementia Friendly

Change is coming. Our state, our nation and many other countries around the world are beginning to recognize that we are faced with a great challenge in the upcoming years as more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s & other forms of dementia.  At the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of WI, we are rising to meet this challenge and are working to create dementia friendly communities in south central Wisconsin. 

Currently ADAW is working with businesses and organizations in these communities.

Black Earth/Cross Plains
Mount Horeb

Want to learn more? Contact ADAW at 608.232.3400.

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Middleton initiative

Middleton was the first community in Dane County to become dementia friendly. On Thursday, August 7, 2014, ADAW recognized Walgreens, State Bank of Cross Plains, Ace Hardware of Middleton Springs, Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, and Willy Street Co-op as Middleton’s first dementia friendly businesses with a ceremonial ribbon cutting in front of Walgreens at Branch Street and University Ave.

Dementia Friendly Middleton

ADAW recognizes first dementia friendly businesses in Middleton press release PDF logo

Dementia friendly Middleton press release PDF logo

Middleton resolutionPDF logo

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Community partners

These local businesses and organizations have made dementia friendly efforts possible. We would like to express our gratitude.


Attic Angel Community City of Middleton
Home Health United Middleton Community Foundation
Senior Helpers State Bank of Cross Plains
Walgreens WisPACT


ADRC of Columbia County AmericanWay
BrightStar Dawn Foods
Edgewater Floral Our House Senior Living
Portage Daily Register Rhyme Office Supply


Alzheimer's Foundation of America Culver's Restaurant
Homestead Living Inc. Senior Center of Waunakee
State Bank of Cross Plains Waunakee Rotary

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In the news

August 13 - Portage Daily Register's coverage of the dementia friendly ribbon cutting at City Hall in Portage. Eleven businesses and organizations were recognized for being Dementia Friendly.

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June 29 - Janet Wiegel, Outreach Specialist, talks with Brandon Taylor on Channel 27's morning show Wake Up Wisconsin about the dementia friendly community effort in Portage.

Watch video.

June 23 - Portage Daily Register article on the dementia friendly initiative in Portage and Columbia County. Janet Wiegel, ADAW Outreach Specialist, quoted.

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May 13 - Reedsburg Times-Press coverage of the ribbon cutting ceremory at Walgreens in Reedsburg. The store is the first dementia friendly business in Sauk County.

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March 15 - Waunakee Tribune article talks about the dementia friendly training session presented by Joy Schmidt, Community Education Specialist, and how the city is working to become dementia friendly.

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January 21 - Waunakee Tribune article on the city's efforts to become dementia friendly with the support from ADAW. Community Education Specialist, Joy Schmidt is quoted.

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January 15 - Middleton Times-Tribune article "Middleton Becomes 'Dementia Friendly' with coverage of City of Middleton's ribbon cutting.

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September 25 - Joy Schmidt, Community Education Specialist, discusses dementia friendly communities on CW57's Girl Talk.

September 9 - Joy Schmidt, Community Education Specialist, on CW57's Talk of the Town.

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August 13 - WISC-TV Editoral Director Neil Heinen on the Middleton dementia friendly initiative.

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August 7 - NBC15 News coverage of the Dementia Friendly Middleton ribbon cutting event.

Watch coverage.

August 7 - Middleton Times-Tribune article on the Middleton initiative.

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Dementia friendly businesses


Cross Plains
Cross Plains Pharmacy
Northwest Dane Senior Services
State Bank of Cross Plains



Park Glen Commons Apartment
(Campus Drive, Mckee Road, Northport Drive, Park Street)

McFarland State Bank

Ace Hardware of Middleton Springs
Associated Bank
BMO Harris Bank
C's Restaurant and Bakery
City of Middleton, all departments
Fitzgerald's Restaurant
Lifetime Family Dentistry
Middleton Community Church
Middleton EMS
River Valley Bank
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Saint Luke's Lutheran Church
State Bank of Cross Plains
UPS Store
Walgreens (Branch Street and Old Sauk Road)
Willy Street Co-op

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus

Mount Horeb
State Bank of Cross Plains

Blau Chiropractic
Chamber of Commerce
Columbia County ADRC and transport drivers
Columbia Co. Elder Nutrition Site Managers
Columbia County Sheriff’s Department
Divine Savior EMTs
Fancy Pants/ Smart Woman
Lions Club
Miller and Miller Law Office
Pierce's Marketplace
Portage City Hall Staff
Portage Kiwanis
Portage Meal Site
Portage Police, Support Staff and Volunteers
Portage Presbyterian Church
Portage Rotary
Saint Mary Church
Sharing Supper
The Mercantile
US Bank Downtown
US Bank North Walgreens
Wilz Drug

Poynette Meal Site

Walgreens, E. Main Street

Bonnet Prairie Lutheran Church

McFarland State Bank

Sun Prairie
Walgreens (Davidson Drive and N. Grand Ave.)
McFarland State Bank

Verona Chiropractic

BMO Harris Bank
Edward Jones
Knights of Columbus
Mallatt's Pharmacy
Midwest Dental
Peace Lutheran Church
Rotery Club
St. John's Care Givers
St. Vincent de Paul
State Bank of Cross Plains
Walgreens, W. Main Street
Waunakee Public Library
Waunakee Senior Center

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How do I participate?


Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of many? Join a dementia friendly task force or coalition in your area! Volunteers are needed with a variety of skills for a wide range of tasks, from making phone calls and assembling materials to training businesses and doing community outreach.  Training and materials are provided.

Become a dementia friendly business

There are a number of benefits to being a dementia friendly business or organization. It is an excellent way for a local business to give back to their community, and increase their business and name recognition, while providing a valuable service to a growing number of patrons.

Criteria for becoming a dementia friendly businessPDF logo

Contact ADAW at 608.232.3400 to learn more and get involved.

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