Andy Steiner Ask most people do define dementia and you’ll hear words like “elderly,” “frail,” “confused” or “forgetful.”Dementia, a chronic, persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury, is actually so much more complex — and common — than words like those describe.Peggy Gaard, director of Open Circle Adult Day Services in Hopkins, leads groups of through a class called Dementia-Friendly Training, a program that teaches people how support those living with dementia, their families and their caregivers. She likes to emphasize that the disorder is a complex condition that affects thousands of Minnesotans of all ages. Learning how to interact with people living with disorder helps build healthy,...
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In Hopkins, a Dementia-Friendly designation means a welcome for all