Dementia & Family Caregiver Support
The Family Caregiver program offers support to all families caring for a person aged 60 or older or someone with dementia. Grandparents and older relatives caring for minor children or an adult with a disability may also qualify for the program. This program offers respite, information, support, and other resources to family caregivers.
The Dementia Caregiver Program supports people with dementia and their caregivers in order to ensure the highest quality of life possible while living at home. We can provide free information and assistance to adults with memory or cognitive concerns or who have been given a dementia diagnosis.
Alzheimer's Association: Wisconsin Chapter
Build a support system with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association® telephone support groups provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. Held via telephone to accommodate individuals who are unable to travel to a meeting site, these groups help participants develop coping methods and encourage them to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health.
Weekly Support Groups
Tuesdays from 5:30 pm - 7 pm and Thursdays from 1-2:30 pm
To register, please call 800.272.3900. Once registered, you will receive dial-in instructions.
Caregiver Training Videos for caregivers faced with doing personal cares that they don’t normally do:
- AARP Home Alone Alliance
- Caregiver Action Network
- UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program
- Video Caregiving
- Teepa Snow
- Trualta (must purchase this service - currently being done by Dane County)
- mmLearn.org (has Spanish versions)
The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) was established in 2000 as an amendment to the Older Americans Act of 1965. Its main purpose is to assist families and other informal caregivers in caring for loved ones at home for as long as possible. Research shows that caregivers experience high levels of emotional, physical, and financial stress which often leads to diminished health of the caregiver. A range of services and support are available to caregivers and must include the following Five Core Areas:
1. Information to caregivers about available services
2. Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to the services
3. Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training
4. Respite care
5. Supplemental services, on a limited basis
The Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver and Support Program (AFCSP) was created by the Wisconsin state legislature in 1985 as a way to provide assistance to families who are caring for a loved one with irreversible dementia at home. The program is available to persons with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and their caregiver. Their household income must also be less than $48,000/year with allowances for disease-related expenses.