Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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With the words of the late Kitty Rhoades of Hudson, former secretary of Wisconsin Health Services as a guide, the work has begun on creating dementia friendly communities across St. Croix County. Recently, more than 30 people, including professionals, business people, elected officials, concerned individuals and caregivers gathered at the first official meeting of the Dementia Friendly Community Coalition at Hudson Hospital.
The third and final event of “Mental Health in the St. Croix Valley,” presented by Bethel Lutheran Church is next Thursday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Hudson Community Foundation in cooperation with the Aging and Disability Resource Center is hosting a public forum on the growing impact of dementia, memory loss and caregiving on area individuals and families.
The late Al Weitkamp, a teacher for more than 30 years, always held children close to his heart according to those who knew him. So it is likely he would be more than pleased about the latest addition to the city park named in his honor. Last week children, their families, friends of the Weitkamps and community supporters gathered at the park to officially open Hudson’s first “universal playground,” also purported to be one of the few in the area.
The Hudson Community Foundation in cooperation with the Aging and Disability Resource Center is hosting a public forum on the growing impact of dementia, memory loss and caregiving on area individuals and families. The featured speaker will be former Wisconsin Gov. Martin Schreiber, whose wife Elaine has Alzheimer’s. Schreiber has spoken openly about how his wife’s condition affects him as a caregiver, their relationship and his children. His presentation addresses the loss, grief and loneliness the disease creates.
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