MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new museum showcasing Somali art and culture is now open in the Twin Cities.MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southeastern Wisconsin city is aiming to become a dementia-friendly community.
The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Somalia's capital Mogadishu along with traditional rugs, ancient writing tablets and lots of items made from animal skins.The effort for Watertown is being initiated by Jan Zimmerman, a nurse and administrator of a local assisted living center, according to the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/HbzRsl).
Twin Cities businessman and restaurant owner Osman Ali started says the idea of bringing the artifacts to Minneapolis came out of his desire to teach younger Somalis the story of nomadic life in Somalia.She wants Watertown, a city of about 24,000 people 40 miles east of Madison, to be a community where residents are educated about dementia, business owners are trained to assist customers with memory loss, and people with dementia remain independent for as long as possible.
"I came with this idea to create a new base for these people living out of their country to let them study their culture," Ali said.The designation doesn't have a precise definition, said Lori La Bey, executive director of Alzheimer's Speaks, an advocacy group in St. Paul, Minn. But she said it typically refers to a community that takes deliberate, coordinated and ongoing action to enable people with memory loss to feel safe in a community.
He collected many of the items on five trips to Somalia, starting in 2009 when he returned to visit his ailing father.That means everything from easy access to local facilities such as banks and shops to ensuring that social networks can be maintained. The concept has taken off in the United Kingdom, she said.