CoVantage Teams with ADRC for Dementia-Friendly Training
FOR ANTIGO TIMES
Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is a national health epidemic. In Wisconsin, there
are currently 875,149 people over the age of 65, with approximately 105,000 of those
seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. More than 70% of people with dementia spend
the majority of their time at home in their community.
CoVantage recognizes the need for quality dementia-friendly care in the communities the
credit union serves. As a response, CoVantage recently partnered with the Aging and
Disability Resource Center of Langlade County to educate staff on all forms of dementia-
related diseases. The trainings were presented to staff by Meagan Fandry, ADRC Caregiver
Support Coordinator, at the Antigo headquarters with surrounding branch staff participating
through virtual access. Three different class times were offered over the course of two days.
Over 50% of CoVantage employees completed the training.
According to Joanna Hilger, Employee Development Specialist at CoVantage, the goal of
offering this course was to help employees better understand dementia and be equipped to
respond effectively while serving members and their caregivers. “CoVantage Credit Union’s
mission is to welcome all and I really felt this training was an important step toward making
the organization even more inclusive,“ said Hilger. As a result of the training, 15 of our
branches are now certified Dementia-Friendly businesses and are able to better assist our
member-owners and their families.