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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 US FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENTS: 
Join us for Book Club!  During the month of September we will be disussing the book Still Alice by Lisa Genova.  The Marinette discussion will take place on September 29th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the ADRC, 2500 Hall Ave.  The Crivitz discussion will be held September 22nd from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the Crivitz Public Library, 606 Louisa St.  
A light snack and refreshments will be provided.  These events can also be attended virtually.  Please contact the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to RSVP or for information about the link.

Fall 2022 - Caregiver & Brain Health Conference:  Join the ADRC's of Marientte County and the Wolf River Region on November 1, 2022 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm for a day of appreciation for caregivers in our local communities. This event will include free memory screenings, guest presentations and the opportunity to participate in Dementia Live!  A free soup and salad bar with soft drink will be provided.  This conference is being held at the Waubee Lake Lodge, 18398 Waubee Park Ln, Lakewood, WI.  Transportation may be available!  Call Kennedy Suhr, Dementia Care Specialist for the ADRC of Marinette County to reserve your spot today!  Phone:  715-732-3850 or toll free 888-442-3267.  

Join us for October Book Club! During the month of October we will be discussing the book Mom's Gone Missing by Susan A. Marshall.  The Marinette discussion will take place on October 27th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the ADRC, 2500 Hall Ave., Marinette.  The Crivitz discussion will be held October 20th from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the Crivitz Public Library, 606 Louisa St., Crivitz.  A light snack and refreshments will be provided.  These events can be attended virtually.  Please contact the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to RSVP or for information about the link.

Have you Ever Wondered How Hearing and Dementia are Related?  Join us for a guest presentation by Paul Ebben of HearingLife on the relationship between hearing and dementia.  Free Hearing Screens and free Memory Screens are available following the presentation.  This event is being held at the Marinette Senior Center, 1603 Ludington Street, Marinette on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:00 pm following the Lotsa Pasta lunch social.  Call Kennedy Suhr, Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to reserve your spot.



 




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



 
Project Lifesaver


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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