The Bright Side
Dementia awareness training.
The Geneva Shore Report is now a Dementia Friendly workplace. At last week’s Visit Lake Geneva’s partner’s meeting, the GSR staff had the privilege of receiving training from Eric Russow, on how to better serve those living in the community around the lake with dementia. There are over 70 types of dementia, and over 2000 people in Walworth County suffer from some form of this disease. Many of these people want to live at home and continue to be a part of their communities. There are simple things everyone can do to help them feel more welcome and comfortable. Something as simple as offering chairs with arms helps guide individuals to a seat, and then, once seated, facilitate balance and stability. Setting something red, or another vibrant color, at the top of the stairs also provides a visual attraction that can help dementia sufferers climb the stairs more easily. The brain is attracted to bright colors and this visual prompt will help individuals navigate their way.
If possible, it’s also best to stay away from any black tile, or spots on the floor, as these may confuse them because the brain may misread it as holes, which they then will try to navigate around. Unfortunately, there is no cure for dementia, but there are ways everyone can help make a difference. Wisconsin is one of the leading states in bringing awareness about dementia to communities and helping businesses to become dementia-friendly.
Walworth County is the only dementia-friendly county in Wisconsin and has been recognized nationally for its countywide efforts. It was great that Visit Lake Geneva offered this training and the GSR appreciated the opportunity to be a part of it.
East Troy’s Walk of Terror will be back once again this year, but at a new location on the East Troy Village Square. The elaborate haunted house will offer frights for both children and adults. The terrifying haunts geared toward adults will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays, October 5th through the 26th. This year’s walk promises to be bigger and better than ever. A more family-friendly version will be open on Halloween and will run the same time as East Troy’s trick-or-treating, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the haunted house will go to benefit the East Troy Volunteer Fire Department.
Walk of Terror