We are dedicated to working within Dane County to bring more awareness to dementia!!
Are you a family caregiver for someone with dementia and need to learn more about the disease and services available?
Common questions include:
Do you have questions about how to provide care for someone with dementia?
The Dementia Care Specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Dane County can help.
- What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and other dementia?
- What are the warning signs that I have dementia?
- How do I talk to my doctor and where do I go for diagnosis?
- What can I expect if there is a diagnosis?
- What are the stages of the disease and what do they mean?
- How do I talk to my family about my concerns?
- How can I decrease my risk for developing dementia?
- How can I slow my decline and live well if I have mild cognitive impairment?
- How do I talk with friends who are pulling away from my husband because of his dementia?
- How do I know when it’s time to get more help? I’m a caregiver and I’m exhausted.
- How do I cope when my loved one is repeating things and calling ten times a day?
- When is it time to take away the keys? I’m worried about my dad’s safety.
- How do I tell my husband I’m moving him into a memory care unit?
- What should we do when Mom is no longer safe at home and she needs to be moved?
- How do I deal with siblings in denial about my mom’s condition?
- What should I do if I have dementia when I’m young and still working?
- Where do I go when I’m struggling and need help and resources?
Dementia is a general term, NOT a diagnosis. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common disease that causes dementia.
Dementia is a group of symptoms that can include changes in:
- Memory and Thinking
- Understanding and Deciding
- Planning and Organizing
- Behavior and Personality
- Reading, Writing and Speaking
- Movement and Balance
SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEMENTIA
Memory screens: The Dementia Care Specialist and ADRC Information & Assistance Specialists are qualified to provide memory 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.
LEEPS (Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization): 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 in abilities. LEEPS is a program for people with dementia who live in their own homes. A trained volunteer is matched with an individual who provides exercise at home once each week, then takes the participant out of the home so they can socialize together.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Memory Care Connections: Memory Care Connections is an evidence-based support program for family caregivers that helps them provide care for their loved ones while maintaining their own health and well-being. Family consultations are available in the ADRC office or in a location that is most comfortable for you.
Assistance with Care Planning: Dementia Care Specialists can help to address your current situation and plan for the future, including advance care plans and connections to legal and financial planning experts.
Connections to Support Groups and Other Programs: Dementia Care Specialists are knowledgeable about all of the opportunities and resources available in your community and can help you find information and make connections with the services and programs that best fit your needs.
Dementia Friendly Communities: The Dementia Care Specialist works with communities in Dane County to raise awareness about people with dementia and their needs. Libraries, city services, businesses, churches, and other organizations form coalitions to address the issues and learn better ways to serve those with dementia and their families. Improved communication helps increase compassion and promote involvement in the program. To find out about initiatives in your community contact us.
⤷ Click here to read the 2016 Dementia Friendly Community Annual Report.
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.
⤷ Click here for a list of local memory cafés in Dane County.
Need a speaker for your group or organization?
Joy Schmidt, Dane County Dementia Care Specialist, is a locally known speaker on topics like brain health; Alzheimer’s and other dementia; warning signs; caregiving; dementia friendly communities, and more. She provides interactive and enjoyable programs to help your group learn about these subjects and the resources available in your community.
⤷ Check out our Dementia Friendly page
UNITED FAMILY CAREGIVERS
United Family Caregivers is a community-based intervention research project for African-American caregivers living with and providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
This project is being piloted in Milwaukee and Dane Counties. The Information gathered during the project will be used to improve caregiver support programs for the African-American community in the future.
Participation in this program is voluntary and participants are free to leave the program at any time.
United Family Caregivers will help you understand dementia, what to expect in providing care for your loved one, provide you with strategies for better self-care and help you gain skills for managing the challenges that caregiving can bring.
⤷ Learn more about United Family Caregivers