Citizens of the Twin Cities community of Stonemill Farms are up in arms about the proposed opening of Settler’s Pointe, an assisted living community for 45 people, including “enhanced housing” for people who live with dementia.
Citing the inclusion of people with dementia as being dangerous and exposing children to “potentially physically or sexually aggressive individuals on a daily basis”, a small but vocal group of 75 local residents showed at a local council meeting to oppose the apartments.
Those who know Dr. Vicki Rosebrook may be aware of her studies that show that daily intergenerational programs involving people living with dementia have significantly improved the personal and social skills of preschoolers, when compared to children who did not have this opportunity.
To his credit, the Mayor of Woodbury MN, Bill Hargis, considers this opposition a case of “fear of the unknown”. The local Alzheimer’s Association is working to remedy that. You can add your voice to the mix by writing the city council at councilATciDOTwoodburyDOTmnDOTus