ADRC: Support for People with Dementia and their Caregivers
Many people with dementia live at home. But dementia can cause challenges—both for people with the condition and their caregivers. Our program for dementia care offers support. Our dementia care specialists work to improve the quality of life for people with the condition who are living at home. They also support caregivers.
What do dementia care specialists do?
Dementia care specialists provide:
- Free information and support to adults with dementia and their caregivers.
- Independence. Dementia care specialists can help connect you with things to do in your community so you can stay involved.
- Memory screenings. Dementia care specialists can perform memory screenings. These are tools to help identify changes to memory and cognition. If the screening shows memory loss, a specialist may refer you to a doctor.
- Social opportunities. Dementia care specialists can help you find social activities, such as those involving music and art.
- Care planning assistance. Dementia care specialists can help you with where you are now—and help you plan for the future.
- Support group connection. Dementia care specialists can connect you with caregiver support groups where you live.
- Help creating places where people with dementia can remain active and safe.
- Memory cafés. Dementia care specialists form and support meeting places for those with memory loss and their caregivers. These cafés let people share experiences and connect.
- Dementia-friendly businesses. Dementia care specialists train businesses to better understand how to support customers with dementia.
- Coalitions. Dementia care specialists support community groups focused to dementia initiatives.
We’ve hosted monthly webinars for people living with dementia and their caregivers. They include easy-to-use tools and resources for families. Each webinar is about 45 minutes to one hour long.
You can access these whenever you’d like:
- Building a support network
- Care transitions
- Family conflict and changes in social support
- Incontinence management
- Intimacy and relationship changes
- Non-pharmacological approaches: part 1
- Non-pharmacological approaches: part 2
- Palliative care
- Safety planning
- Social isolation
Where can I find a dementia care specialist?
Dementia care specialists are available across the state. They work for the aging and disability resource center (ADRC) in your area.
There are 11 federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Each of these has—or will have by Oct. 1, 2022—a dedicated dementia care specialist.