Fair addresses self-care awareness

The Wolf River Dementia and Caregiver Network is bringing a new community event to Shawano this fall.

The Self-Care Awareness Fair is a free event to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1254 S. Lincoln St., Shawano. Parking can be accessed on Union Street.

The event is intended to bring awareness to the community about self-care and wellness issues, particularly those affecting senior citizens. The fair features hands-on activities including vision, memory and blood pressure screenings, medical equipment demonstrations, a blood drive sponsored by the Blood Center of Northcentral Wisconsin, reflexology and healing touch booths and much more. There will be educational opportunities throughout the day with workshops such as “Taking Care of You” by Nancy Schultz and “Compassionate Touch” by Beth Propp.

In addition to these informational booths and activities, the Wolf River Dementia and Caregiver Network, in partnership with Forget Me Not Fund Inc., will be allowing community members to participate in a revolutionary hands-on dementia simulation.

This program, called the Virtual Dementia Tour, is an evidence-based and scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia. The tour uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, MS, a specialist in geriatrics.

The tour enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face and use the experience to provide better person-centered care. When dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual.

A door prize raffle will be held at 3 p.m.

For information, contact Jennifer Greiert, Zion parish nurse, at 715-526-2017 or go to www.facebook.com/forgetmenotfund/events.