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Learn How to Become Dementia Friendly

The approximately 91,000 Minnesotans living with Alzheimer’s could use more friends who understand their disease and know how to be supportive.

Attend a Dementia Friends information session on February 1st from 2 to 3pm at The Sanctuary at West St. Paul to learn about dementia and how to help people who are living with it in West St. Paul and neighboring communities.

The session is being presented by The Sanctuary’s Lifestyle Specialist Ruth Hjelmgren, who is a Dementia Friends Champion. “I got involved because I want to help tackle the stigma and lack of understanding about dementia and to help create a dementia-friendly community.”

Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions about dementia. It aims to transform the way the public thinks, talks and acts about the disease. The Dementia Friends session will help you learn about dementia and the small ways you can help others like spreading the word about the program and visiting a friend, family member or neighbor with dementia.

Being a Dementia Friend is helpful to Ruth when she is communicating with prospective residents and families who are dealing with dementia and researching memory care living, which is offered at The Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary’s Memory Care Program features 24 apartment homes and programs specially designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other memory related diseases. The specially trained team focuses on the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of each resident and, in doing so, strives to reverse the symptoms of dementia through a process called rementia.

Join the over 4,000 Minnesotans who have become Dementia Friends by signing up for the Feb. 1st information session at The Sanctuary at West St. Paul, located at 1746 Oakdale Ave. To RSVP, call Ruth at 855-806-0533 or e-mail her at RHjelmgren@thesanctuary-weststpaul.com.

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