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Dementia Friendly Communities - ADAW

Middleton, WI

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. 

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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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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.

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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 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.

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

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