Dementia Capable Coalition of Richland County

The Alzheimer’s Association is located at 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio 44906 (Richland County).

Contact Information:
Tessa Clark, LPN Program Coordinator, teclark@alz.org, 419-522-5050
Annabelle Coffman (Wransky), acwransky@alz.org, 567-302-361

The following is a list of the upcoming events and you are invited!
Our Education Program Series is open to the public, starting at 9am
Come to the Area Agency on Aging in the training room at 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, OH 44906. Here is the schedule each month out to May with more to come throughout the year:

• March 14th: Effective Communication Strategies
• April 11th: Dementia Conversations
• May 9th: Legal and Financial

Every 2nd Thursday of the month come to the Area Agency on Aging

• Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group (for loved ones of those with dementia) from 1 to 2 p.m.

• Mind Works Alzheimer’s Early Stage Group (for those with early-stage dementia) from 1 to 2 p.m.

Other Alzheimers Association programs in Richland County:
Educational Program Series
• 1st Monday of the month at Applewood II in Mansfield at 2 pm

Early Stage Exercise Program – Minds in Motion
• Every 4th Month at the YMCA at 2:30 pm

SOCIAL EVENTS

Due to the efforts of the Social and GAL Committee we are proud to announce the following social events open to those with dementia and their loved ones!

January 28th

2 – 3pm at the Richland Public Library for a fun and engaging time. It will be an adult craft afternoon making your own personalized pillow. This craft is geared toward those with early-stage dementia @ 43 West 3rd St. Mansfield 44902. Please register for this events by calling 567-302-3618.

February 19th

1- 2pm at the Humane Soceity of Richland County. Although the Humane Soceity will be closed to the general public, they are opening their doors to us! Come for a fun, uplifting time of animal socializing, grooming, and animal trivia. You never know what kinds of animals will be there! We can’t wait to see you at 3025 Park Ave. W. Mansfield 44906

DEMENTIA CAPABLE COALITION of Richland County
What we do.

The Dementia Capable Coalition was made possible by a generous grant from the Richland County Foundation provided to the Alzheimer’s Association to make Richland County more educated and supportive of those with dementia and their loved ones.

And from this, seven committees were created. Each with their own unique purpose but all contributing to the overall goal of making Richland County more aware and able to equip individuals with knowledge about the disease and where to go for help.

Healthcare

Current Goal: Educating physicians and healthcare providers by providing them with packets of information. Some information provided by the Alzheimer’s Association includes the “10 tips of Living with Dementia”, “How to Take Care of Yourself”, and local support and activity groups. One packet is specific to the healthcare provider and the other packets are created to help the patient upon diagnosis.
 

Legal Systems

Current Goal: Educate loved ones on how to prepare for the future in legal terms. This includes creating a list of commonly asked questions and providing a local resource sheet so people have a sense of direction on where to go.

Faith-Based

Current Goal: Creating a church environment that is knowledgeable about dementia and equipped to serve.

Social and Volunteer Engagement

Current Goal: Offering monthly events to stimulate the mind and offer participants a task to complete which promotes community service. Our first official event was held at Kingwood Gardens for their Christmas event. Thank you again to Kingwood for holding this free event!

Education

Current Goal: Placing dementia-helpful information strategically in the community so an individual does not have to search for our help, but are exposed to support in their typical day to day life.

Government Agencies

Current Goal: To create a network of communication across the county with different public officials and well known figures to promote caregiving “tips” and support through various modes of communication such as social media. 

Business

Goal: To create a network of businesses which have been trained to detect signs of dementia and how to serve and support these individuals and their loved ones.