Working to Make Brown County "Dementia Friendly"
Building a dementia friendly community takes time, dedication, and the commitment of every person, business, and organization. What is a dementia friendly community? It is a place where individuals with dementia:
- Are able to live good lives
- Have the ability to live as independently as possible
- Continue to be part of their communities.
- Are met with understanding
- Are given support where necessary
The Brown County Dementia Coalition is bringing together professionals, businesses, and residents with dementia to ensure the community looks just like that. Take a look at the great work being done right here in Brown County!
Transforming Aging, Transforming Community, Venerating All
Develop cooperative partnerships which raise awareness, educate, and engage all to create a dementia friendly community that enhances quality of life for everyone.
Be a part of the change!
Purple Angel Initiative
People with dementia describe dementia friendly communities as places where they can safely find their way around, access local places they are used to & know, and maintain their social networks so they feel like they belong in the community.
The Purple Angel is a unviersal symbol of hope, comfort and inclusion without stigma and raises awareness. The Purple Angel stands for Hope, Protection, Inspiration, and Universal Teamwork. A growing number of business and public institutions (restaurants, grocery stores, banks, shops, libraries, etc.) are training their employees to offer hospitality and support to people experiencing memory loss, confusion, or other symptoms associated with dementia. These places can be identified by the Purple Angel decal displayed in their windows. People with dementia & their caregivers can be confident they will be welcomed warmly and receive extra assistance as they need it.
This shows that all businesses in a community play a role in helping make it dementia friendly. A dementia-friendly business can recognize signs of dementia, communicate effectively, and know how to locate resources/assistance for themselves and for individuals with dementia. Not only could customers have dementia or be caregivers of someone with the disease, but their employees could be in the beginning stages of dementia or caregivers themselves.
Learn how a simple dementia training can make all of the difference for our neighbors in our community.
The Purple Angel training is part of the county-wide Brown County Certified Business Program.
These local businesses just recently completed Purple Angel training!
YMCA- Broadview- 380 Broadview Dr., Green Bay 920-436-9601
YMCA- West Side- 601 Cardinal Ln., Green Bay 920-436-9570
YMCA- Ferguson Family Branch- 235 N. Jefferson St., Green Bay 920-436-9650
Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve- 2024 Lakeview Dr., Suamico 920-434-2824
YMCA- East Side- 1740 S. Huron Rd., Green Bay 920-436-1200
Neville Public Museum- 210 Museum Pl., Green Bay 920-448-4460
Festival Foods - University Ave, 2430 University Ave., Green Bay 1-844-465-3707
Check out this WFRV-Channel 5 news story on the Brown County Library Southwest Branch training!
These local businesses are Purple Angel trained:
Purple Angel training is made possible by these community sponsors:
- Associated Bank
- East De Pere Branch, 206 N Wisconsin St., De Pere (920) 338-7763
- Main Street Branch, 2241 Main St., Green Bay (920) 431-8849
- N. Adams Branch, 200 N. Adams St., Green Bay (920) 433-3200
- S. Oneida Branch, 2403 S. Oneida St., Green Bay (920) 433-3196
- W. Mason Branch, 1482 W. Mason St., Green Bay (920) 431-8869
- Webster Ave Branch, 2001 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay (920) 433-3251
- Howard Branch, 369 Cardinal Ln, Green Bay, WI (920) 433-3000
- University Ave Branch, 2262 University Ave, Green Bay (920) 431-8060
- Allouez Cafe, 2020 S. Webster Ave, Green Bay, (920) 432-1530
- Brown County Public Health, 610 S. Broadway Rm 210, Green Bay
- Brown County Library Branches:
- Ashwaubenon, 1060 Orlando Ln, Green Bay
- Central, 515 Pine St., Green Bay
- Denmark, Denmark High School, 450 N. Wall, Denmark
- East, 2255 Main St., Green Bay
- Kress Family Branch, 333 N Broadway, De Pere
- Pulaski, 222 W. Pulaski St., Pulaski
- Southwest, 974 Ninth St., Green Bay
- Weyers-Hilliard, 2680 Riverview Dr., Green Bay
- Wrightstown, 615 Main St., Wrightstown
- Enchanted Florist, 1681 Lime Kiln Rd., Green Bay (920) 468-0050
- Festival Foods, 2430 University Ave., Green Bay, WI
- Howe Community Resource Center, 526 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay (920) 448-7340
- Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay, (920) 490-9457
- Green Bay Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington, Green Bay, (920) 432-4397
- K Sera Salon, 118 N Broadway, De Pere, (920) 347-4648
- Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI
- Options for Independent Living, 555 Country Club Rd, (920) 490-0500
- AseraCare Foundation
- Green Bay Blue
- Home Instead Senior Care
- Kuehn Printing
- The Long Term Care Guy- Romeo Raabe
- Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC)
Memory Cafe Initiative
Find laughter, friendship, and engaging activities* at Memory Cafes! They offer a fun, relaxing, and comfortable environment for people with mild memory loss, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment. Spouses, family members, friends, or caregivers are welcome! Come and enjoy the company of others on the same journey. Register for any Memory Cafe with Renee Erickson (920-412-9960).
*All programmed activities are designed to be comforting, yet stimulating, for persons with dementia.
Visit the Brown County Memory Cafe on Facebook! www.facebook.com\BrownCountyMemoryCafe
Monthly Memory Cafe Locations
ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center)
300 S. Adams St., Green Bay
Date: 3rd Wednesday
Denmark Senior Center
141 Highridge Ave., Denmark
Date: 3rd Thursday
Green Bay Botanical Gardens
2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay
Date: 2nd Tuesday
Kress Family Library
333 N. Broadway, De Pere
Date: 4th Thursday
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2809 Flintville Rd., Suamico
Date: 1st Wednesday
Download the Memory Cafe Combined Calendar of Events for a complete list of activities at each location.
Visit www.memorycafedirectory.com to find Memory Cafes outside of Brown County. Search by state & city.
The Brown County Memory Cafe is organized and sponsored by the Brown County Dementia Coalition. Learn more about this coalition's goals & presence in the community on the ADRC webpage on the Brown County Dementia Coalition. Brown County Memory Cafes are always looking for volunteers. Reach out to Renee Erickson to learn more (920-412-9960).
Alzheimer's & Down Syndrome Initiative
Adults with down syndrome can show symptoms that are considered to be part of their down syndrome diagnosis, but are in fact early stage dementia symptoms. These adults are more likely to develop early onset dementia than the general population. In order to make Brown County residents more aware of this link, the Brown County Dementia Coalition is making this a priority initiative in the community! By developing a screening tool for early detection, Alzheimer's disease can be detected earlier, helping to reduce the late-stage diagnoses that are common today. The coalition will also identify struggles in getting diagnosed and being treated. Getting education, support, and resources to individuals, families, caregivers, and the general public will be key. Contact the Dementia Care Specialist at the Brown County ADRC (920-448-4300) for more information.
Connect with those just like you. If you are caring for a loved one with Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's disease, come to this support group. Learn from the best of both worlds: professionals from the Dementia Friendly Coalition in Brown County and caregivers, just like you, handling the same situation with their loved ones.
2nd Tuesday of every month
@ ADRC (300 S. Adams St., Green Bay)
Questions? Call ADRC: 920-448-4300.
Download the Down Syndrome & Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group flyer for more information.
For more information on how to find volunteer opportunities at the ADRC of Brown County, follow this link to the ADRC website page for volunteers.
Are you a professional looking to get connected to all ADRC has to offer in the community? Visit the professional page on the ADRC website.
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- Building Dementia-Friendly Communities
Toolkit designed by the Wisconsin Department of Health & Human Services (DHS). Includes information for businesses, organizations, and individuals looking for helpful and respectful ways to include people with dementia as important members of the community.
- Small Changes Make a Dementia Friendly Community
Watch this short video based on the perspective of Mary, an elderly woman living with Alzheimer's disease in her community. See how a little time and consideration make a huge impact! Published by the Alzheimer's Society, Great Britain.
- Brown County Memory Cafe Flyer
All the information you need to know about the montly Brown County Memory Cafe, a fun & comfortable environment for those with early stage memory loss and their loved ones.