Dementia Care Specialist
The ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin is proud to offer Dementia Care Specialist services. The Dementia Care Specialist specializes in the special needs and concerns of people living with dementia, their caregivers and family, and the professionals working with people who have dementia. Anyone who has concerns/questions about dementia or Alzheimer’s can also utilize the DCS. A lending library of books and DVDs related to caregiving is also available. Click here to download a brochure about this service.
Getting a Diagnosis, Memory Clinics and Memory Screens
See the Resources for Individuals with Dementia page.
Alzheimer’s Association Helpline: 800-272-3900
The Alzheimer’s Association staffs a nationwide 24/7 helpline for individuals with dementia, family members, caregivers, and professionals to call whenever they need.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
We work with the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging to provide a 6 week evidence based workshop specifically for the family caregiver called, Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Click here to be directed to our Healthy Aging programs page. Here you will find dates, times and locations of all upcoming workshops. At the bottom of the page, complete the form to let us know that you are interested in taking Powerful Tools for Caregivers and we will contact you when there is one in your area.
Caregiver Support Groups
Caregiver support groups can be a great way for family caregivers to find support and learn about available resources. Please see the ADRC Resource Guide Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Memory Loss section for a list of support groups in our area.
Dementia Family Education
The Alzheimer’s Association provides educational opportunities to family members and caregivers covering different topics related to dementia and caring for someone with dementia. Click here to find educational events in your area. There are also a number of trainings available online. Click here to see a list of all available through the Alzheimer’s Association.
We partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to bring programs to our area. Please see the News and Events page for a list of upcoming events in our area.
The ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin is now an approved Dementia Live provider. Dementia Live is an interactive program that provides individuals the opportunity to experience what it is like to have dementia. This is a wonderful tool for community members, caregivers, family members and professionals to utilize to gain a better understanding of what their loved one or the person they are working with is going through daily. Learn to communicate more effectively, become more aware of the sensory changes that occur with different types of dementia, and ultimately provide better care to your loved one. Because it’s frightening to care for someone you don’t understand. Coordinate a Dementia Live Experience/Training by calling the ADRC of Northwest Wisconsin at 877-485-2372.
Memory Cafes are for the individual with dementia AND their caregiver, family members and friends. See details above in the Resource for Individuals with Dementia page.
Click here to download a flyer to print. This memory café is currently not meeting due to COVID 19.
Alzheimer’s Association Dementia and Driving
Click here to be directed to a portion of the Alzheimer’s Association website that addresses Dementia and Driving. When do you know it’s time for your loved one to stop driving and how do you initiate this difficult conversation with your loved one.
The ADRC provides access to educational resources through our Lending Library. This library currently includes resources for caregivers of individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. All resources are free of charge to rent and include some of which are also free to keep and others that can be purchased at a discounted rate if it appears you will continually need the resource. Please call our office to find out what materials are currently available and details about the lending library program. We also accept donations if you have educational materials (books,-DVDs, etc.) pertaining to caregiving that you are no longer using and that are of good quality. Please call the ADRC of NW WI at 877-485-2372 to find out how to donate or check out an item!
The Alzheimer’s Association also provides a Virtual Library. The Green-Field Library, located at the home office of the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago, Illinois, is the nation’s oldest and foremost library and resource center devoted to increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. “Visit” this library online at https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/virtual_library .
Helplines available for individuals with dementia in crisis and their family caregivers needing emergency connection and help, outside of normal business hours.
- Polk County Mental Health Crisis Line: 888-552-6642
- Burnett County Mental Health Crisis Line: 888-636-6655
- Alzheimer’s Association Helpline: 800- 272-3900
- Emergency Services: 9-1-1
Looking for a local agency that provides in-home help? Respite care? Personal emergency response systems? Find all of this, and more, in the ADRC Resource Guide. This guide is constantly being updated and revised to provide the most up to date and relevant information possible. Check it out on our website at the top of each page or stop into one of our offices to get a hard copy.