Reducing Dementia Stigma in Watertown
By the year 2035, it is projected that 200,000 people in Wisconsin will be living with dementia. With two-thirds of these people living within communities as opposed to in nursing homes, it is important for others living within the same communities to help them feel welcomed and safe. This is why Kathryn Gerber, a nursing student at UW-Madison, has been working to help promote dementia awareness in Watertown. The goal of her project is to help make Watertown one of the first dementia-friendly cities in the nation by raising awareness and educating residents and business owners about dementia and how to best support those living with the disease.