The West Central Dementia Awareness Network (WCDAN):
Creates dementia awareness through community education and outreach in West Central Minnesota
Cultivates communities that are dementia-friendly and dementia-capable
Connects people with dementia and their caregivers to local resources and support

Alzheimer's Speaks Radio

Alzheimer's Speaks Radio

WCDAN was on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 2:00 pm.  Lori La Bey's guests from WCDAN included Andrea Carruthers, Jody Loseth and Kathy Thonvold.  Tune in here.

Questions about Memory Loss?

Attend a one-hour informational session!  Everyone welcome.  No charge to attend and no registration.  This series takes place in the Willmar Library Community Room (410 5th St. SW) on the following dates from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Thursday, September 21, 2017:  Dementia Friends

This presentation teaches five key messages about dementia.  People with dementia need to be understood and supported in their communities.  Learn small ways that you can make a positive difference in the life of someone living with dementia in your community.

Thursday, October 19, 2017:  "The Memory Loss Tapes"

This film is from the HBO documentary series, "The Alzheimer's Project."  It captures the devastating experience of memory loss from the point of view of persons with the disease.

Thursday, November 16, 2017:  Know the 10 Signs - Early Detection Matters

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts.  Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies, and plan for the future.

Thursday, December 21, 2017:  The Basics - Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging.  This presentation is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Spring Event 2017

WCDAN Chair Lori Petersen with Author Jolene BrackeyAuthor Jolene Brackey presented "Creating Moments of Joy" at our Spring Dementia Awareness Event on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  She is pictured here (on right) with WCDAN Chair Lori Petersen.  Read about the event hereFind photos of the event here.

Local and Regional Resources

The West Central Dementia Awareness Network is working in Kandiyohi County and the surrounding areas to provide education, advocacy, and support to people living with many forms of dementia.  We also work to provide education and support to their caregivers and the businesses and organizations serving their communities.

Learn about our organization, history, mission, and funding here.

Read about news and events here.

Find education events and presentations in your community here.

There are many ways to get involved in dementia awareness, find them here.

Learn about the Forget-Me-Knot Memory Café here.

Connect to local and regional resources here.