Stop, Starting It!

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Combative. Resistive. Wanderer. Sundowner. Feeder. Angry.

These are the words people use to describe people living with dementia. Your words, language and attitude shape perceptions. What is your approach? How does this affect others? What is your reaction? How much do you know about yourself, your team and your impact?

Qualifies for 6 CEUs (additional $25 when applying for units).

This full-day, innovative dementia care workshop is designed for nursing home professionals. CNA’s to Administrators will experience a one-of-a-kind, intense and interactive training that will reframe your behavior instead of “managing" that of the person with dementia.

Stop, Starting It! Workshops in 2020

There are currently no training sessions
available due to COVID-19.
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If you would like to schedule a private training event for your group please contact Cagney Martin at or call 715.848.4482 for more details. Privately scheduled events are open to any persons.

Things you will NOT learn at this event:

  • Kinds of Dementia
  • Facts on Dementia
  • Textbook materials

What you WILL Learn at this event:

  • Self-improvement!
  • Affecting and influencing culture!
  • Seeing a different way to think about dementia!

Upon completion of the workshop, professional caregivers will be able to:

  • Identify situations where their own behavior could be a factor
  • Take common symptoms associated with dementia and phrase them into positive statements
  • Promote an overall environment of positive language and behaviors when working with people with dementia

Each session is limited to the first 40 participants to keep learning focused, personal, interactive and fun.

picture of two female staff workersAbout the Presenters

Merry Wimmer and Cagney Martin have spoken at local, statewide, (Alzheimer's Association, Adult Protective Services, FOCUS, and others) and national conferences (Pioneer Network) regarding the beneficial aspects of Stop, Starting It! training. While working together at North Central Health Care's nationally recognized nursing home, Mount View Care Center, the team has studied, evaluated and spoken extensively on psychotropic medications, language, resident centered care and other topics related to the care of elderly and those living with dementia. In November of 2015, the WI State Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia visited North Central Health Care in Wausau, WI to research techniques and practices while gathering feedback from leaders. The Task Force used this information to create initiatives and training to be communicated across the state of Wisconsin, as well as guide legislation on dementia care in Wisconsin.

Stop, Starting It! training has existed at North Central Health Care for about nine years. During that time the workshop has been delivered to a variety of consumers including Wausau EMS, Wausau Downtown Memory Café, staff, family, volunteers of NCHC and many community members.

Stop, Starting It! receives funding through the State of Wisconsin - Department of Health Services Civil Money Penalty Funds Grant.

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