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Platteville police train on dementia
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Pictured are Platteville police officers (from left) Paul Rehlinger, Patrick Cieslewicz, Anthony Vandervelden, Nathan Auz and Corey Lee, Sgt. Ryan Knoernschild, Officer Candace Koch, Sgt. Andrea Droessler, and Chief Doug McKinley.

The Platteville Police Department participated in dementia training Feb. 16 and 18.

Around 20 individuals from the agency attended the training, which was facilitated in partnership by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin, the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, and Southwest Behavioral Services. 

The department started their training by participating in the Virtual Dementia Tour, which is a simulation experience to see what it may be like to live with dementia. The tour was developed by P.K. Beville, founder of Second Wind Dreams. The ADRC’s Dementia Care Specialist led this portion of the training that is aimed to increase empathy and provide insight. 

The next portion of the training addressed the basics of dementia, communication and approach techniques, and specific discussions around driving, wandering, and other scenarios the police may experience. This section of the training was developed by the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance. 

The group talked about the local supports and resources available both for the police department and community members. This included a highlight of Southwest Behavioral Services and their supports for the community. 

To join the dementia friendly community initiative in Grant County, or learn more about becoming dementia friendly, or if you are impacted by dementia and looking for more education and support, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center in Grant County, 426-4295.