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The Healthy Brain Coalition - Dementia Friendly Monroe County 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.

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 first Monday of each month

Monroe County Congregate Meal Site

Sparta Barney Community Center | Sparta

11:00am - 12:30pm

The Memory Café is a place to meet with others living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s or other related dementia and their Care Partner in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Once a month, this group offers a chance for everyone to have some fun and share a positive experience in a supportive environment. It’s a place to talk with others and to learn, “You are not alone.” Art, music, health and wellness topics will be featured at each café.

Contact Emily Reitz at (608) 387-9250 to Register 


Resources: Community resource information will be available each month. Staff from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will be available to answer questions and visit with Care Partners during the café.

Recommended donation of $4.00 per person

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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.  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!

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