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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.  
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not a specific disease or diagnosis, but an umbrella term for symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty with language and problem-solving, and other thinking abilities that impact everyday life.  Some of the most common forms of dementia are:
  • Alzheimer's Disaese
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
As we age, some cognitive changes can be expected such as overall slowness in thinking and a shorter attention span.  It's even normal to be a little more forgetful as we get older.  However, it's important to know that dementia is not a normal part of aging.

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 Programs
  • Connections to Resources & Services
  • Assistance with Care Planning

Walks to Remember - Dementia Friendly Walking Club of Marinette County  
Walks to Remember is free to Marinette County residents, their caregivers, and/or loved ones impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia.  Beginning April 21st, this group will meet every Thursday from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at the Community Rec Center walking track, 2501 Pierce Avenue, Marinette.  For more information, please call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.

Memory Matters - Learn About Normal Aging, Warning Signs and Brain Health
Book your memory screen today!  The Aging and Disability Resource Center has partnered with Marinette County Libraries to offer FREE and confidential memory screenings.  
When:  May 2, 2022
Where:  Coleman-Pound Library 123 W Main Street, Coleman, WI
Time:  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
When:  June 6, 2022
Where:  Wausaukee Library, 704 Main Street, Wausaukee, WI
Time:  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

If you or a loved one is interested in getting a memory screen, call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267 to schedule an appointment.  
*** Walk-ins available - Wait times may vary ***
A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory or cognition.  It creates a baseline of where a person is at so that future changes can be monitored.
Memory screens take about 15-20 minuts.

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

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