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 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

Education Opportunities

Alzheimer's Education Workshops

Effective Communication Strategies:  Communication is more than just talking and listening - it's also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.  As people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.  Join us to 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.

Wednesday, November 17, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 506 Mill St., Goodman
Tuesday, December 28, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz
Call the ADRC for details.  Phone:  715-732-3850

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease:  Alzheimer's and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking, and behavior that interfere with daily life.  Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to wtch for in yourself and others.
The one-hour program covers:
  • Typical age-related changes.
  • Common warning signs of Alzheimer's.
  • How to approach someone about memory concerns.
  • Early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process.
  • Alzheimer's Association resources.
Wednesday, October 20, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 506 Mill St., Goodman
Tuesday, November 23, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 516 US Hwy 141, Crivitz



Caregiving is rewarding - but it can be challenging too.  Caring for someone with an injury or illness - such as dementia, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke or others can be physically, emotionally and financially demanding.  Taking care of yourself is important.  Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) can show you the way!  

What is Powerful Tools for Caregivers and why should I take it?
Powerful Tools focuses on your well-being.  The class meets once a week for six weeks and has been studied and shown to help family caregivers: 
  • Reduce stress, guilt, anger and depression and improve emotional well-being
  • Manage time, set goals, and solve problems
  • Master caregiving transitions and be part of decision-making
  • Communicate effectively with the person needing care, family members, doctors, and other helpers
  • Find and use community resources
When:  Mondays - November 1 - December 6, 2021
Time:  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Where:  In person at the Marinette County ADRC, by phone or virtually via Zoom.
Note:  Limited seating for in person - registration required.
Led by Dementia Care Specialists of Marinette County and the Wolf River Region ADRC's.
For more information or to register, please contact ADRC of Marinette County at 715-732-3850 or email


Join Dementia Care Specialist, Allyson Jones, for an afternoon of conversation, resources, questions, and hopefully...answers!
4th Wednesday of the Month | 12:00 - 3:00 pm (Presentation at 1:00 pm)
Athelstane Town Hall, N12244 County A & C., Athelstane

In partnership with statewide dementia care specialists, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will be hosting monthly webinars throughout 2021 for people with dementia and their family caregivers.  Each presentation will cover a different topic and include practical tools and resources for families.  

Sponsored by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  Follow link for dates, topic, and registration information.
If you are unable to attend live, all webinars will be recorded and posted on the Department of Health Services website at a later date. 

Join us Tuesday, October 19th at The Cottages, 2006 Lake Park Drive, Marinette from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM for Memory Cafe. The Cafe offers a comfortable way for you and your care partner to have fun and socialize with others who have Mild Cognitive Impairment, early to moderate Alzheimer's or other types of dementia, and those who worry about memory problems. There is no cost to attend. 

If you are unable to join us in October, mark your calendar and plan to join us every third Tuesday of the month from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. 

Family Caregivers - Experience life with dementia first hand.  This innovative program will enlighten you with a deeper understanding and greater empathy for persons with cognitive impairment.  You will be empowered with new tools and techniques to improve communications, care processes and tips to make dementia friendly changes in your home.  This experience will be scheduled in 30 minute time slots. * RESPITE AVAILABLE *
Thursday, October 21, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
- 350 Stephenson Ave., Peshtigo
(for further description of Dementia Live, please see below)

Understanding & 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 to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease. 

Tuesday,  November 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 1201 Jackson St., Niagara
Tuesday, November 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 2500 Hall Ave., Marinette
Wednesday, December 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 506 Mill St., Goodman

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected.  But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.  Join us 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.

Tuesday, December 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 1201 Jackson Street, Niagara
Tuesday, December 14, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - 2500 Hall Avenue, Marinette

Register for any of our education programs by calling the ADRC at 715-732-3850 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. 

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