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Dementia Care Specialist

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Marinette County was awarded funding to implement a Dementia Care Specialist Program as part of the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Initiative that was prompted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care.  This program has three goals:
  • Assist individuals and families living with dementia to continue to be active and remain in their homes for as long as they choose.
  • Support the staff within the ADRC and county programs to be better prepared to support individuals with dementia and their family caregivers.
  • Be a catalyst to create dementia friendly communities, which includes businesses, employers, local organizations, etc., and raise awareness of the unique needs of people with dementia and their families.  
How can the Dementia Care Specialist Help?
Anyone affected by dementia (at any age) can contact the Dementia Care Specialist.  The DCS is here to suppport those that:
  • Have dementia or are concerned they may have symptoms.
  • Are caring for someone with dementia.
  • Are a community member who wants to support individuals with dementia, or are concerned about a friend with symptoms.
  • Are a business owner or leader looking to learn more about dementia friendly communities.  
Supportive Care
  • Cognitive Screens
  • Connections to Support Groups and Other Prgrams
  • Connections to Resources & Services
  • Assistance with Care Planning
Events, Education & Support

Living with Alzheimer's - For Early-Stage Caregivers:  In the early stage of Alzheimer's disease, families face new questions as they adjust.  What does the diagnosis mean?  What kinds of plans need to be made?  What resources are available to help?  Join us for this 3-part series to hear practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage.  Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.  Presented by Teresa Clement, Dementia Care Specialist of the ADRC of Marinette County.  Workshop to be held at the Northwoods Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz, WI on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  Reserve your seat by calling 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  All workshops are free fo charge.

Living with Alzheimer's - For Middle-Stage Caregivers:  In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers.  Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's.  Presented by Teresa Clement, Dementia Care Specialist of Marinette County.  This workshop is being held at the ADRC of Marinette County, 2500 Hall Avenue, Marinette, WI from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.  Reserve your seat by calling 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  All workshops are free of charge.  

Living with Alzheimer's - For Early-Stage Caregivers:  In the early stage of Alzheimer's disease, families face new questions as they adjust.  What does the diagnosis mean?  What kinds of plans need to be made?  What resources are available to help?  Join us for this 3-part series to hear practical answers to questions that arise in the early stage. This workshop is being held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Niagara Senior Center, 569 Washington Ave., Niagara, WI.  Reserve your seat by calling 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  All workshops are free of charge.   

Living with Alzheimer's - For Middle-Stage Caregivers:  A middle stage education program by the Alzheimer's Association.
In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers.  Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professional discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's.  Join us on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the Northwoods Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz, WI.  Call 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267 to reserve your seat.  All workshops are free of charge.  

Living with Alzheimer's - For Late-Stage Caregivers:  A late stage education program by the Alzheimer's Association.  In the late stage of Alzheimer's disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease.  Join us on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 at the ADRC of Marinette County, 2500 Hall Avenue, Marinette for this 3-part series and hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer's and their families.  Call 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267 to reserve your seat.  All workshops are free of charge. 

Dementia Live!  Join us for a unique inside-out understanding of dementia and aging.  Participants will gain a heightened awareness of the challenges faced by those who live with dementia.  Learn valuable tips and tools to improve communication and care.  Dementia Live! is being held at the Northwood Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz on Thursday, October 24, 2019.  By appointment only.  60 minute appointments will be available between 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  Call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to reserve your spot.  Allow 60 minutes for this engaging and remarkable experience. There is a limit of 4 attendees per time slot. This opportunity is being offered at no charge to participants.  


 



Dementia Live! is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it's like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change.  To learn more about how your family, business, church or organization can experience the simulation, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Marinette County at 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  This is a free training that can be done on site. 

To learn more about this program visit ageucate.com

 

Need a Speaker for your Group or Organization?
Teresa West, Marinette 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.  Teresa provides interactive and enjoyable programs to help your group learn about these subjects and the resources available in the community.  
You can contact Teresa West by calling the ADRC at 715-732-3850 or by e-mailing adrc@marinettecounty.com.

 

Project Lifesaver






The primary goal of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, Autism, Down Syndrome and other related conditions.  Due to a generous donation of Project Lifesaver equipment from the Niagara Police Department and a grant received by Bay Area Search and Rescue, Project Lifesaver is now able to serve all of Marinette County.
The partnerships established by the Menominee County Sheriff's Department, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, and Bay Area Search & Rescue have made this possible!  

Project Lifesaver Website:  www.projectlifesaver.org
Application:  Project Lifesaver Application