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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.  

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body:  An education workshop by the Alzheimers Association presented by Teresa West, DCS.  Join us at the Niagara Senior Center, 569 Washington Ave., Niagara, WI on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy living.  All workshops are free of charge. 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior:  An education program by the Alzheimer's Association.  Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.  However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.  Join us on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the ADRC, 2500 Hall Avenue, Marinette to learn more.  Reserve your seat by calling 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  Workshops are free of charge.

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia:  Join us on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the Northwood's Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz to learn more about the impact of Alzheimer's and the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia.  Reserve your seat by calling the ADRC at 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  Presented by Teresa West, Dementia Care Specialist.  This workshop is free of charge.

Understanding Azlheimer's and Dementia:  Join us on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Niagara Senior Center, 569 Washgton Ave., Niagara, WI.  Learn about the impact of Alzhiemer's and the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia.  Reserve your seat by calling the ADRC at 715-732-3850or 888-442-3267.  Presented by Terest West, Dementia Care Specialist.  This workshop is free of charge.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior:   Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.  However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.  Join us on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at the Northwood's Cafe' (MCES), 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz, WI.  Call 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267 to reserve your seat for this free workshop.  Presented by Teresa West, Dementia Care Specialist.  

Dementia Live!  Join us on Wednesday, June 18, 2019 at the ADRC, 2500 Hall Avenue, Marinette and discover what your loved one may be experiencing first hand through this high impact dementia stimulation experience.  Learn some new tips and techniques on how to support those you know who are living with dementia.  This experience is by apointment only.  Allow 60 minutes for your appointment.  Call ahead to register at 715-732-3850.  Appointments are available between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  


Effective Communication Strategies:  Join presenter Teresa West, ADRC Dementia Care Specialist on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm for an education program by the Alzheimer's Association.  Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.  Call 715-732-3850 to reserve your seat.  This workshop is free of charge.  

Dementia Friendly Community Coalition Longest Day Awareness Event!  Wednesday, June 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Northland Village Apartments, 1025 Pine Beach Rd., Marinette.  This event is sponsored by Dementia Friendly Community Coalition of Marinette County and Northland Lutheran Retirement Community.  Come show your support!  Food and drink will be available as well as basket raffles.  Weiner Wednesday will be live with Bay Cities MultiMedia Center.  For more informatioin call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 ir 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. 

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.  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 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