Together We Can: A dementia conference

It is estimated that over 560 seniors are currently living with a dementia diagnosis in Juneau County. As our communities continue to age, the diagnosis of dementia and its various forms (i.e. Alzheimer’s) is predicted to increase.

To improve understanding of dementias throughout the community, Mile Bluff Medical Center, ADRC of Eagle Country, and the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, will hold “Together We can: A Dementia Conference & Expo” on Saturday, April 6 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at Mauston High School.

Community members, medical professionals and caregivers are encouraged to attend to raise awareness and support for those with dementia. Participants will come away from the conference with a deeper understanding of those impacted with this disease, tips on how they can help, and inspiration for creating a dementia friendly community.

Speakers include local experts; Dr. Leon Radant, nurse pratitioner Cris Custer, dementia care specialist Gina Laack, and local dementia advocate Nancy Thacker. They will share tips on understanding the world of dementia, early detection signs, and caregiver support. The conference will also feature breakout sessions and a caregiver compassion panel.

Well-known author and keynote speaker, former Wisconsin Governor, Martin J. Schrieber, will also provide insight and support to the world of Alzheimer’s caregivers as he presents “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.”

Schreiber’s wife Elaine was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease more than 10 years ago and since then, he has worked tirelessly to be a caregiver and loving spouse to someone who no longer recognizes him. He speaks about the need for caregivers to build support systems and self-care, which are among the things he failed to do early on.

Whether you are a caregiver, a medical professional, business owner, or just want to make a difference, this conference is open to anyone wishing to gain more insight into the world of dementia.

Registration for the conference is required. Lunch and conference materials are included with the $10 registration fee. Download a registration form or register online. For more information about the event call 608-847-1495.