The ADRC of Dane County provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets.


July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month. As we enjoy the beautiful summertime weather, we need to keep in mind several issues about the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. We need sunshine. It helps with our body’s production of Vitamin D and has been tied to issues of depression in some people who don’t get enough. However, overexposure to the sun can lead to a variety of health risks. You may be surprised about some of the specific dangers of sun exposure and how you can protect yourself.

There are two main types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVB is what gives you your sunburn and is responsible for some types of skin cancers. UVA rays are the ones that can make the skin leathery and wrinkly in appearance and these also can contribute to certain skin cancers. (An easy way to remember: "A" is for aging and "B" is for burning). Both types are harmful to you in different ways.

UV light can be harmful to the skin as many of us know who have been badly sunburned. However, it can also be very bad for our eyes. Eye structures such as the cornea, retina, and lens are damaged from UV radiation, so protecting your eyes is vital.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FEATURE

By 2025 the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million -- a 40 percent increase from the 5.1. million age 65 and older affected in 2015."
-Alzheimer's Association 2015 Facts & Figures


A diagnosis of dementia can come as a shock. Even if you have been half expecting it, this will be a worrying and upsetting time. It can also be hard for those close to you. You will all need a great deal of reassurance and support. However, there is much that you can do in the early stages that can help to make life easier and more enjoyable, both now and in the future.

Article: Am I losing it? Or is this normal?
We all know the phrase, “use it or lose it.” Many of us begin to worry as we get older that we might be losing it. We forget names, lose things and have trouble keeping up with constantly-changing technology. Sometimes we go into another room in our house and forget why we are there. As we get older , we may worry about our memory, especially when we hear stories in the news about Alzheimer’s disease numbers rising. You may ask yourself it is something to be concerned about. Often times the answer is no. It may very well be normal for your age.
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NEWSLETTER: RESOURCE WISE
RESOURCE WISE is our ADRC quarterly newsletter. This newsletter provides valuable information and timely tips to our Dane County community.

Current Edition: Read the Summer Edition of Resource Wise.
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To support seniors, adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers by providing useful information, assistance and education on community services and long-term care options and by serving as the single entry point for publicly funded long-term care services while at all times respecting the rights, dignity and preference of the individual.
 
Monday through Friday
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Other times available upon request
 
Toll-Free: 855-417-6892
Phone: 608-240-7400
Fax: 608-240-7401
 
Email
ADRC@countyofdane.com
 
Address
2865 N. Sherman Avenue
Northside Town Center
Madison, WI 53704

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RESOURCE WISE is our ADRC quarterly newsletter. This newsletter provides valuable information and timely tips to our Dane County community.

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A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It creates a baseline of where a person is at so future changes can be monitored. Memory Screening can be conducted at the ADRC, or we can visit your home.
Call (608) 240-7400 to schedule a memory screen.