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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Whitewater Police Department Earns Purple Angel Award and Supports Dementia Friendly Initiative

Dementia Friendly

Dementia Friendly

Whitewater, Wis. July 15, 2019 – The Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Inc. is proud to announce that the Whitewater Police Department has joined a growing number of First Responders to have earned the Purple Angel Award.

This award is in recognition of the police department's commitment to becoming as educated as possible as it relates to law enforcement response to those who suffer from dementia. The Whitewater Police Department extends their sincerest gratitude to the dedicated people who provide such valuable training throughout the greater Whitewater area.

One of the principal purposes for the Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Inc. is providing free training programs to those that live and work in Walworth County, as well as businesses and organizations serving Walworth County residents, affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s and their care givers including Churches, Police, Fire, and EMT’s.

“We see a lot of value in the information and would recommend the training for any other public services entities,” stated Chief Aaron Raap.

WPD recognizes the growing need to serve our growing population of over 65-year-olds. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the estimated population for those with Alzheimer’s/Dementia in Walworth county will be over 2,100 in the year 2020. By 2040, it is estimated that number will have grown to over 4,400 in Walworth county. It is important to know that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, however aging is a risk factor. By age 85, one in three people are expected to have Alzheimer’s/Dementia.

Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Inc.’s mission is to provide a safe haven, that will allow those with dementia and Alzheimer’s to live as independently as possible. A dementia friendly community is where individuals with dementia live good lives, continue to be part of their community, are met with understanding, and are given support where necessary. This enables those with dementia to safely find their way around the community, access local facilities that they are used to and are known and maintain their social networks as they continue to feel they belong. It eases the fear and isolation associated with dementia and increases access to the resources people need to live well with dementia. It is also treating the person with dementia with dignity and respect. They did not ask for this disease.

The City of Whitewater has created a Dementia Friendly Community Initiative and are continuing to promote education about the disease and how people and can become more aware of how to cope. Visit the Facebook page at for more information and updates. 

For more information, contact Walworth County Dementia Friendly Community Initiative, Inc. President Bernadette Russow or Secretary/Treasurer Eric Russow at (262) 320-7325 or

The City of Whitewater provides efficient and high quality services which support living, learning, playing and working in an exceptional community. Visit for community information and updates.


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