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DEMENTIA SERVICES

Services & Information for Those with Dementia and Their Families, Friends & Caregivers
Living with Dementia can be challenging, both for the affected individual, as well as those around them. Below you'll find information about services, classes and resources that can help. We've organized the information into the five categories listed below. To learn more, you can simply scroll down the page, or click on your area of interest.

- What is Dementia?
- Our Dementia Care Specialist (DCS)
- Dementia Care Services
- Dementia-Related Classes & Events
- Other Resources

 

What is Dementia?

Dementia is not a specific disease or diagnosis. "Dementia" is an umbrella term that describes trouble with memory, thinking, reasoning, language, planning, and more. There are many types of dementia, but some of the most common include:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Frontotemporal Dementia

Dementia vs. Normal Aging
What is "normal aging" and when should you be concerned? Because our brain ages along with the rest of our body, some changes can be expected. However, a brain disease, like a type of dementia, is not a normal part of aging.


 

Dementia Care Specialist (DCS)

The mission of the Dementia Care Specialist Program is to support people with dementia and their caregivers in order to ensure the highest quality of life possible while living at home. In order to accomplish this mission, the DCS has three main goals:

  • Ensure ADRC staff and volunteers are trained and competent about dementia so customers are met with understanding and support
  • Provide education and support to family members and friends who are caregivers
  • Help develop Dementia-Friendly Communities where people with dementia can remain active and safe, and caregivers can feel supported

This is done through phone calls, office visits, and even home visits if necessary.

Contact the ADRC at (715) 942-1895 to speak to Andrea, our Dementia Care Specialist.


 

Dementia Care Services

The ADRC Dementia Team helps connect you with a number of resources and activities related to dementia, including screenings, information on caregiving for those with dementia, support groups and more.

Memory Screening

We all experience some memory loss that comes with aging, but sometimes it's hard to know if what we're experiencing ourselves or in a loved one are typical, age-related changes -- or something more. Memory Screenings are a quick, non-invasive way to assess whether it may be time to talk with your doctor about your concerns. Memory Screenings are a FREE service offered by ADRC. Call Andrea to make an appointment at (715) 942-1895.

Caregiver Support & Dementia Care

  • Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP)
    This is a program that can provide respite to a caregiver caring for an individual who has Alzheimer's or Dementia. This program can fund things like home care, personal emergency response systems, transportation, adult day care, and more. To learn more, visit The Alzheimer's Family and Caregiver Support Program website. Call the ADRC at 877-739-2372 to be assessed for this program and learn more.
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers
    Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed for caregivers to help them reduce stress, locate resources, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings, and increase ability to make tough decisions. This is a 90 minute class that meets weekly for six (6) weeks. To learn more, visit Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Purple Angel

This organization offers free community training for businesses and organizations to increase knowledge, reduce stigma, and provide tools to meet the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers. This training helps businesses create a space where people can stay connected to familiar places and stay engaged in their community. To learn more, call Andrea at (715) 942-1895. Visit Purple Angel Trained Businesses and Organizations to learn more and find Purple Angel-trained organizations/businesses near you.


 

Dementia-Related Events, Support Groups & Classes

The ADRC Dementia Team helps connect you with a number of resources and activities related to dementia, including screenings, information on caregiving for those with dementia, support groups and more.

Memory Cafés

The Memory Café is an opportunity for people with early- to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers, family and friends to enjoy socializing with others in a safe, stigma-free environment. There is no cost to participate, the settings are relaxed, and there is an experienced facilitator who leads the Cafés. There are a number of Memory Café locations throughout Calumet, Outagamie and Waupaca Counties:

  • Appleton River Tyme Bistro
    1st & 3rd Thursday of the month
    425 W. Water Street
    Appleton, WI 54911
  • Chilton Ledge View Nature Center
    2nd Tuesday of the month
    W2348 Short Rd
    Chilton, WI 53014
  • Kaukauna Public Library
    2nd Monday of the month
    111 Main Avenue
    Kaukauna, WI 54130
  • Kimberly Library
    4th Wednesday of the month
    515 W Kimberly Avenue
    Kimberly, WI 54136
  • Menasha – Elisha D. Smith Public Library
    3rd Wednesday of the month
    440 First Street
    Menasha, WI 54952
  • Greenville Fox West YMCA
    1st Wednesday of the month
    W6931 School Road
    Greenville, WI 54942
  • New London Senior Center
    4th Monday of the month
    600 W Washington Street
    New London, WI 54961
  • New London Mosquito Hill Nature Center
    2nd Wednesday of the month
    N3880 Rogers Road
    New London, WI 54961
  • Oshkosh Public Library
    2nd Wednesday of the month
    106 Washington Avenue
    Oshkosh, WI 54901
  • Oshkosh YMCA 20th Avenue
    Last Monday of the month
    3303 W 20th Avenue
    Oshkosh, WI 54904
For details and more information regarding Memory Cafés, visit the Fox Valley Memory Project's Memory Café Calendar!

Support Groups

  • Caregiver Support Hub
    2nd & 4th Wednesday 10:30 a.m.
    Chilton Public Library 221 Park St
    Chilton, WI 53014
  • The Sandwich Club
    Adult Children caring for loved ones with Dementia
    1st & 3rd Thursday 12:00 p.m. *Virtual*
  • TLC Support Group-Fox Valley Memory Project
    2nd & 4th Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
    1800 Appleton Rd, Menasha, WI 54956
  • Men's Support Group
    3rd Thursday 2:30 p.m.
    1835 E. Edgewood Dr, Ste. 10520, Appleton
  • Touchmark on Prospect
    1st Tuesday 2:30 p.m.
    2601 Touchmark Dr., Appleton
  • Alzheimer's Association Support Groups
    www.alz.org/wi
For more information, call Andrea at (715) 942-1895.

Dementia-Related Classes

There are currently no classes being offered, but we will post them here when they are scheduled.


 

Other Resources

  • SPARK!
    Spark! is a cultural program for individuals with early-to-mild-stage memory loss and their caregivers. The program welcomes caregivers to attend and is designed to help everyone actively engage in their community while experiencing art, culture, and nature in a comfortable environment with specially trained staff and volunteers.

    • Building for Kids Children's Museum
      1st Sunday 1:00 p.m.
      Call 920-734-3226, ext 119 or email msharp@buildingforkids.org
    • Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
      165 N. Park Ave, Neenah
      2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am
      (920) 751-4658
  • Book Club
    For those caring for a loved one with memory loss. Open to all caregivers, professionals, and community members.
    2nd & 4th Monday 10:00 a.m.
    Hoffman Memory Care Resource Center- 221 E. Thirteenth St., Kaukauna
    To Register, contact Andrea Brace (715) 942-1895
  • Alzheimer's Association of Wisconsin
    www.alz.org/wi
  • REACH Caregiver Support
    Heather Flick
    920-997-8407
    www.mosaicfamilyhealth.org
  • Trualta
    Personalized, skills-based training platform for family members caring for aging loved ones living at home.
    www.wisconsincaregiver.trualta.com/login
  • Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute
    www.wai.wisc.edu
For more information on these programs, please contact Andrea Brace, Dementia Care Specialist with the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Calumet, Outagamie & Waupaca Counties, at (715) 942-1895 or email andrea.brace@co.waupaca.wi.us