The Dementia Friendly Monroe County Coalition uses an evidence-based community toolkit to engage community members in a process that will help them determine their current strengths and gaps, identify community goals and ways to respond, and to act together to be dementia friendly.

To be officially recognized, a dementia friendly community does the following:

  • raises awareness of & develops respect & inclusion for people with dementia

  • embeds services & resources in all areas of community to ensure meaningful access to community & promote quality of life

  • supports & educates people with dementia, their care partners and families from diagnosis through disease progression

  • promotes meaningful engagement in community life.

To join the Dementia-Friendly Monroe County Coalition, contact us or come to a meeting! Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month from 1:30pm - 3:00pm in the Monroe County Board Assembly Room in the Monroe County Courthouse in Sparta.

Improve the Lives of those living in our communities who suffer from dementia related illnesses.

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Lunch Bunch Memory Cafe

Held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Jake's Northwoods in Sparta at 11:00am.

The Memory Cafe is a place to meet with others living with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease or other related dementia and their care partner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Topics include art, music, health and wellness.

Lunch is provided but days may vary so please call ARDC at 888-339-7854 to sign up to be on the flyer mailing list.

"The Memory Cafe’s have been a welcome array of much needed educational information, uplifting entertainment, participatory arts and crafts, and even exercise.  It has been a comfortable and safe environment to develop relationships with others in the same walk of life, whether experiencing a mild dementia, or as a care partner.  I have looked forward to each Cafe' and never disappointed."  With gratitude….Pat Wall

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Dementia Education & Awareness Series

Tomah Health will be offering a dementia education and awareness series in the near future.  A schedule will be announced at a later date.  There is no charge.

These classes will help people understand Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  Classes will discuss how Alzheimer's affects the brain, risk factors and stages of the disease, as well as treatments and advancements in research.  Attendees will leave with resources and ways to get more information through the Alzheimer's Association and local resources.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support and research.  This annual event calls on participants of all ages & abilities to join the fight against the disease.

There is no fee to register to Walk, but all participants are encouraged to raise funds that will advance the mission of the Alzheimer's Association by enabling critical care & support services & advancing research towards methods of prevention, treatment & ultimately, a cure!

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The Longest Day is the day with the most light - the summer solstice.  On June 20th, people from across the world will fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through a fundraising activity of their choice.

Whether you're participating at home, online or in-person, we have plenty of fun ideas to engage family and friends in The Longest Day!