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Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

Support for Individuals with Dementia

Cognitive Screens

The Dementia Care Specialist and ADRC Information & Assistance Specialists are qualified to provide cognitive screens. We can come to your home or meet somewhere comfortable for you and your family. We can answer your questions and connect you to resources.

 

Note: ADRC staff are not currently able to screen in person due to COVID19; please call for more information about potential virtual options.

Brain & Body Fitness

Numerous studies show that keeping active physically, mentally, and socially helps people with dementia live independently for a longer period of time. For some, it can help slow the decline inabilities. Brain & Body Fitness is an exercise and cognitive stimulation program for people in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Music & Memory

Music & Memory: The Dane County public library system is pleased to offer the Music & Memory program to the community. It is estimated that 70-80% of people living with dementia live in their homes in our communities. Offering the Music & Memory program provides a valuable opportunity for library patrons who have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia, to use the program.

Memory Caf├ęs

A memory café is a meeting place for anyone who is experiencing beginning changes in memory. It can be a fun way to connect with others who are dealing with the same issues. The intent is for both the person and their family or friends to come together in a relaxed and social environment to connect with one another. Each memory café is unique as the participants are encouraged to make it their own. 

  • Memory Café. Facilitated by Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Meets monthly, second Wednesday of the month, 10-Noon. A social and cognitive stimulation program for persons with a diagnosis and their care partner. Anyone interested in participating should contact Teena Monk-Gerber at teena.monk-gerber@alzwisc.org or 608-843-3544.

  • Arts Memory Café. Facilitated by Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. Meets monthly, first Wednesday, 1-3:00 pm, April-July 2021. A creative expression and social program that includes a docent-led discussion of works in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA); music and/or movement; and art-making led by artist and teacher Christy Grace of ARTS For ALL. Art supplies provided. Potential participants should contact Noreen Kralapp at noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org or 608-732-3131.

Caregiver Memory Kits

Memory Kits are totes filled with themed items for caregivers of people living with dementia to create special moments, engage the brain, and help unlock memories.

Some examples include:

  • Nature: CD, scent containers, book of photos, DVD, rocks, pine cones & shells
  • Rural Life: CD, scent containers, books, DVD, pictures, coloring pages & markers
  • Meditation: DVDs, meditation chime, expanding ball & glitter wand
  • Hands-on Fun: kaleidoscope, yoyo, slinky, pin sculpture, puzzle, pens & coloring pages

Kits are available at: Monona Library, Sun Prairie Colonial Club, Mt. Horeb Library, Cottage Grove Memory Café, Verona Senior Center, Waunakee Senior Center.