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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
2019 Senior ID Events:  Follow link for 2019 scheduled dates for Senior ID Events in Marinette County.  We care about our loved ones and we care for their safety.  Caregivers will be asked to fill out a short form.  The Senior will then be photographed, finger printed, and videotaped.  All information will be saved on a CD and retained by the caregiver.  This information could be livesaving in a case where the Senior may become missing.  This is especially important for those suffering from Alzheimer's and other dementias.  Call 715-732-3850 to schedule an appointment and complete a Caregiver application.  

Alzheimer's Community Forum - Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and memory loss:  Learn about Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss.  Bring a friend who has been affected by the disease.  Share your thoughts about how we can help people in your community.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Forum to be held at the Marinette Community REC Center, 2501 Pierce Avenue, Marinette on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  Registration is requested.  To reserve your seat call 800-272-3900 or visit to register.  

A WOW Experience! Dementia Live!:  Dementia Live offers 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 communications and care.  Allow 30 minutes for this engaging and remarkable experience.  This opportunity is being offered at no charge to participants.  Dementia Live will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Peshtigo Senior Center, 600 Pine Street, Peshtigo.  Call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to reserve your 30 minute time slot.

Alzheimer's Workshop - Know the 10 Signs:  To be presented by Teresa West, ADRC Dementia Care Specialist on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Maryhill Manor - Activity room, 501 Madison Avenue, Niagara, WI.  If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts.  Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.  This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer's disease.  Reserve your seat by calling 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  All workshops are free of charge.

Alzheimer's Workshop - Dementia Conversations:  This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and discussing legal and financial decisions.  Workshop to be held at the Northwood's Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz, WI on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.  Reserve your seat by calling the ADRC at 715-732-3850.  All workshops are free of charge. 

Alzheimer's Workshop - The Basics:  If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, it's time to learn the facts.  This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.  This workshop will be held at the ADRC, 2500 Hall Avenue, Marinette, on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm.  Presented by Teresa West, Dementia Care Specialist.  Reserve you seat by calling 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  All workshops are free of charge. 

Alzheimer's Workshop - Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body:  Join us at Northwood's Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz, WI on April 25, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement.  Use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.  Presented by Teresa West, ADRC Dementia Care Specialist.  All workshops are free of charge.  Reserve your seat by calling 715-732-385 or 888-442-3267.


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. 

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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.  She 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


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:
Application:  Project Lifesaver Application