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Jack Frost was busy this morning decorating the trees near the top of our hills.  Mike Sandstrom, a local nature photographer, sent this picture he took today.

Holiday Tips for Families Affected by Alzheimer’s

La Crosse, December 11, 2018 – Holiday celebrations are often joyous occasions that families look forward to all year, but they can be challenging for the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.7 million people in the U.S., and more than nearly 16 million people care for someone with the disease.
   The hustle and bustle that accompanies the holidays can be stressful for people living with Alzheimer’s,” said Sharlene Bellefeuille, outreach specialist, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin chapter. “Changes in the daily routine, large gatherings and noisy environments – all holiday hallmarks – can create extra anxiety for someone living with dementia.”
   To help families navigate holiday-related challenges, the Alzheimer’s Association is offering these simple tips to ensure an enjoyable holiday for all.
   Prepare Your Guests: The holidays are full of emotions, so let guests know what to expect before they arrive and tell them how they can help. Suggest activities to engage the person with Alzheimer’s or best ways to communicate with them. “Cross talk or simultaneous conversations can be challenging for people living with Alzheimer’s, so try engaging them one-on-one or in smaller group settings,” Bellefeuille advises.
   Build on traditions and memories: Take time to experiment with new traditions that might be less stressful or a better fit with your caregiving responsibilities. If evening confusion and agitation are a problem, turn your holiday dinner into a holiday lunch or brunch.
  Involve the person living with Alzheimer’s: Depending on abilities and preferences, make sure to keep the person with Alzheimer’s involved in the celebrations, such as packing cookies in tins or helping wrap gifts.
   Plan ahead: When attending a holiday party, prepare the host for special needs, such as a quiet room for the person to rest when they get tired, away from the noise and distractions.
   Adapt gift giving to ensure safe and useful gifts: Diminishing capacity may make some gifts unusable or even dangerous to a person with dementia. If someone asks for gift ideas, suggest items people living with the disease can easily enjoy, such as comfortable clothing, favorite music, videos and photo albums.
   More holiday tips can be found by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association website. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline also provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call the helpline toll-free anytime, even holidays, at 1.800.272.3900.

Teens arrested for forced entry, burglary

On October 26th, 2018, The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an active burglary taking place at a residence on County K in the Township of Prairie du Chien, WI. Prairie du Chien Officers and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit responded and met with family members of the victims. The suspects had fled the scene. The victims determined that property valued at $600.00 to $1,000.00 was stolen/ damaged in the residence.
   Over the course of the following four days, with the assistance of a Prairie du Chien Police Officer, The Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, conducted numerous interviews. Four suspects were identified as being involved.
   Two juveniles were identified and charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. A 17-year-old female was identified and will be referred to the Crawford County District Attorney’s office for possible charges.
   Tyler Moreland, age 17, of McGregor, IA was arrested and charged with burglary-forced entry, theft, criminal damage to property and obstructing justice.
   The case remains under investigation and anyone with any knowledge is urged to contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department. Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Mar-Mac Police Department and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department.

TB found in Dane Co. dairy herd

MADISON, WI – October 30, 2018 - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that a Wisconsin dairy herd in Dane County has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB). Meat inspectors identified a carcass during a routine slaughter inspection and sent a sample to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory for testing. Through animal identification records, the carcass was traced back to a herd in Dane County that DATCP immediately quarantined. A quarantine prevents any animals from moving on or off of the farm.
   “We are working closely with the herd owner, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Health Services, area veterinarians, industry partners, and other herd owners. We are taking aggressive measures to control and prevent the spread of this disease,” said Dr. Darlene Konkle, DATCP’s acting State Veterinarian. “Our staff and partners train for these types of responses and are taking the necessary steps to protect animal and human health.”
   Pasteurized milk continues to be safe to consume. The pasteurization process, which destroys disease-causing organisms in milk by rapidly heating and then cooling the milk, eliminates the disease from milk and milk products. Bovine TB is most commonly spread to humans through consuming unpasteurized milk or milk products from infected animals, and close contact with infected animals or people. Also, infected people can be a source of infection to animals. More information about human TB is on the Centers for Disease Control website.
   Food safety laws prevent meat from infected animals from entering the food chain. State and federal inspectors at slaughter plants evaluate live animals and animal products for signs or symptoms of disease and remove any from entering food production.
   Bovine TB is a respiratory disease of cattle that does not spread easily. It is a chronic, slowly progressive disease meaning it can take months to years to worsen, grow, or spread. Infected animals may pass the infection to other animals even if they appear healthy. Animals often do not show signs until the infection has reached an advanced stage. The U.S. has nearly eliminated bovine TB due to the National Tuberculosis Eradication Program. Wisconsin has been certified as TB-free since 1980. With a thorough investigation and containment of an outbreak Wisconsin will maintain its TB-free status with USDA.
   More information about bovine TB is available on DATCP’s website.



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