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When someone you love is living in fear and anxiety it is hard to see that person struggle to make it through each day. Not knowing what is going on can make the situation worse. Deb Ryan, of Prescott, said when her mom told her she was hearing terrible things happening next door to her, Ryan's first response was that her mom should contact the police. Ryan said her mom would tell her an entire story that sounded believable, so she was worried these things were really happening.
Watching as a parent gets older and struggles with day-to-day living can be difficult, but watching as that parent suffers from the added stress of Alzheimer's can be even worse. Karen Meyer, of Ellsworth, watched as her mom, Violet Magadanz, also from Ellsworth, showed signs of memory loss. Meyer said her mom was able to hide her memory issues from most. "People with Alzheimer's, [like] in case of my mom, can conceal it [Alzheimer's] so well," Meyer said. "They tried to do memory tests at the [doctor's] office and [she] said why are you wasting my time with games."
Gaining self confidence and speaking in front of people are just a couple of the skills a local teenager hopes to gain by competing as a state finalist for the National American Miss Pageant. Rosemari (Rosie) Urbaniak, a 16-year-old from Ellsworth, will compete as a state finalist July 14 and 15 in Middleton for a chance to be National American Miss Wisconsin Junior Teen and go on to compete at the national level. Urbaniak said she has never competed in a pageant before but saw this as an opportunity to help others who may need encouragement that life can get better.
A River Falls couple was planning their future retirement life when they settled on their property out in the country. They had plans of having animals and growing their own organic fruits and vegetables. But now the husband said it is hard to believe those hopes and dreams they shared will not come true. Shawn Collins started noticing something was wrong with his wife Christine in 2009, but he had no idea what. "I'd come home from work and the chicken coop door was wide open and she'd say the lock was broken," Collins said. "[But] nothing wrong with it [lock]."
A Pierce County man recently received the unexpected news that a living kidney donor had been found for him and it was someone close by. Prescott native Rob Mooney, who lives outside of Spring Valley and has lived in River Falls, was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2014; it progressed to stage 4 renal failure in 2017. He was placed on two different transplant lists in September 2017, one for just a kidney and one for a kidney and pancreas. But he knew the immediate need was for a kidney.
When someone has a form of dementia it can become stressful for he or she and their loved ones to figure out legal matters and how to financially support caregiving help that may be needed. However, help is available to them. St. Croix County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) dementia specialist Nancy Abrahamson said the ADRC tries to help people with dementia stay in their homes as long as possible. "When people become isolated, they lose function more quickly," Abrahamson said. "We want people to be social and maintain their activities."
In the wake of devastation following Hurricane Harvey, one man was thankful that people from his hometown area came to help. Nick Henrich now lives in Humble, Texas, but grew up in Spring Valley. Henrich said Harvey was not the first hurricane he had been through in Texas, as he had been there for Hurricane Ike in 2008. But Harvey was far more destructive; he said while everyone in the area knew Harvey was going to cause damage, no one realized the extent of the devastation until after the storm.
Could changes be in the works for Prescott's Firehall Field? The Prescott City Council heard a proposal detailing possibilities at its June 11 meeting. Dallas Eggers, president of Crazy About Baseball (CAB) Company, and Brady Randolph, treasurer of CAB Company, were at the city council meeting to speak about the possibility of CAB Company taking over Firehall Field from the Prescott School District. Eggers said the school would retain ownership of the field but CAB would lease it for a minimal amount (like $1 per year).
Facing a disease by yourself can be overwhelming. When it comes to Alzheimer's and dementia, help is available for not only those suffering from the disease, but their caregivers as well. Michelle Meinen, social worker with the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) said many communities have programs to help those with dementia along with their caregivers.
The Spring Valley Village Board meeting June 13 included a closed session concerning the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center. "It was a discussion between the SVHRC board and the village board about the possibility of the village owning the nursing home as they did many years ago," Spring Valley Village Clerk Luann Emerson said. While no decision was made after the closed session, this issue will remain on the village docket.