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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

Join the ADRCs of Marinette County, the Wolf River Region and Menominee Tribal in a virtual book club!  We will discuss My Two Elaines; "Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver".  Open to all; caregivers, professionals, anyone wanting to learn and discuss dementia for the purpose of building dementia friendly communities. 
When:  Wednesdays, May 5th - May 19th
Time:  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where:  by phone or virtually via Zoom
Led by:  Allyson Jones, Mary Jo Ruleau, and Kristin Waukau, ADRC Dementia Care Specialists

To register, please contact the ADRC of Marinette County at 715-732-3850 or email  Need help finding a copy of the book?  Let us know.

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. 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers   
Mondays, April 5 - May 10, 2021 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.  Whether you provide care for a spouse, partner, parent, friend, or a child with special needs; at home or in a care facility; whether down the block or miles away, yours is an important role.  This is for family caregivers like you!  
The classes give you tools to help:
  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve self-confidence 
  • Manage time, set goals, and solve problems
  • Better communicate your feelings
  • Make tough decisions 
  • Locate helpful resources
This six-week class series gives you the confidence and support to better care for your loved one and yourself.

In the class, caregivers receive The Caregiver Helpbook, a $30 value, which follows the curriculum and provides additional tools to address specific caregiver issues.  

For more information and to enroll, please contact:
ADRC of Marinette County
Phone: 715-732-3850
ADRC of the Wolf River Region
Phone: 715-526-4712
Alzheimer's Education Workshops

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
An Alzheimer's Association education program presented by Allyson Jones, Dementia Care Specialist.  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 aging.
Join us for this educational workshop on April 13, 2021 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am via Zoom.
Reserve your seat by calling the ADRC of Marinette County 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