Dementia & Family Caregiver Support
iPods and MP3 Players Available Music is a powerful tool in so many ways. Whether you need a way to reduce stress, need some extra noise to block out loneliness, or are looking for a way to reach a loved one who seems unreachable, music may be able to help. Listening to music and making music can be therapeutic to the caregiver and care-receiver alike.
Music is also a marvelous way of reaching a person whose communication ability is affected by dementia, stroke and other diseases. Listening to favorite songs with your loved one is a way of being together again. Music helps a person feel calm and relaxed, can reduce stress and promote wellness. Playing soothing music during a meal might increase the amount eaten, or make unpleasant tasks more bearable; such as during a bath for the person who is resistive to being bathed. If you are interested in the benefits of music and don’t have a mp3 player or iPod, please call Teresa at 608.637.5201 to see if you are eligible.
Upcoming Programming: For more information call 608.637.5201 and ask for Teresa or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online/Phone Support Gathering: Join others caring for a loved one with dementia. Relaxing environment to share joys and concerns.
Thursday evenings 7:30pm-8:30pm.
June Virtual Book Club: Loving Someone Who Has Dementia by Pauline Boss
Tuesdays 12:00pm-1:00pm (June 1, 8, 15, & 22)
August Virtual Book Club: Creating Moments of Joy by Jolene Brackey
Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm (August 10, 17, 24, & 31)
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (class held virtually): open to anyone caring for a loved one. Next Class September 22 to October 27 from 10:00-11:30am. One day a week for 6 weeks. Registration required and class is free. To participate you need a computer or tablet with mic/audio & internet access.
Boost Your Brain & Memory Workshop (held virtually): Wednesdays June 23 to August 11 from 10:00-11:30am. 8 week workshop. Participants will learn practices that can help them live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention, and regulate their emotions.
Memory Screen: Worried about your memory, having trouble completing tasks? A Cognitive/Memory screen is a brief tool used to access for changes in memory, it is not a diagnostic test. Available upon request.
Dementia Friendly Communities: A dementia-friendly community raises awareness of and develops respect and inclusion for people with dementia, has services and resources embedded in all areas of the community to ensure meaningful access to community and promote quality of life, supports and educates all community members, people with dementia, and their care partners from diagnosis through disease progression.
If your community group or place of business would like to learn more, please contact our office.
DCS Webinar Series
Each presentation will cover a different topic and include practical tools and resources for families living with or caring for someone with dementia. All webinars take place from 12-1 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Click on "DCS Webinar Series" to learn how to register.
January: Social Isolation https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/216001289
February: Intimacy & Relationship Changes https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/217389904
March: Incontinence Management https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/218586941
April: Care Transitions https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/219944371
May: Building a Support Network https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/221090021
June: Safety Planning https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/222167847
September: Palliative Care
October: Family Conflict & Changes in Social Support
November: Non-Pharmacological Approaches: Part 1
December: Non-Pharmacological Approaches: Part 2
Trualta The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) have announced a partnership with Trualta, a new free online educational tool for family caregivers across Wisconsin. Trualta helps caregivers learn about health issues, care techniques and managing care for loved ones amidst flu season, COVID-19 and beyond. Caregivers can visit WisconsinCaregiver.org and click on the “Trualta” banner on the main page to register. Press Release
The Family Caregiver program offers support to families caring for a person over 60, caring for someone with dementia, and provides support to Grandparents/Relative 55+ caring for minor children. We help with obtaining supportive services, educational materials such as books and online resources, future planning strategies, and ensuring basic needs are met.
The Dementia Caregiver Program supports people with dementia and their caregivers to ensure the highest quality of life possible while living at home. We can provide assistance to adults with memory concerns or who have a dementia diagnosis. We can offer assistance with understanding dementia, strategies and tools to cope with behavioral changes and skills to help reduce stress in the home.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Learn how to better care for a family member with dementia. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dementia/families.htm
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.
Alzheimer's Association Support Groups
Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance
Caregiver Online Support
Virtual Events for Caregivers
Caregiver Training Videos for individuals faced with doing personal care tasks that they don’t normally do:
Caregiver Action Network
UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program
Teepa Snow Dementia Caregiving Strategies
Caregiver Video Series developed by Veteran Affairs- To educate and aid Veteran caregivers, the Office of Rural Health funded the following caregiver video series, each of which are broken up into modules on specific topics. Topics: Improving Communication in Dementia, Intimacy in Dementia, How Much to Help in Dementia, Addressing Major Safety Risks in Dementia
VA Caregiver Videos
What is Alzheimer's?
A Quick Look at Alzheimer's Disease
Bookcase Analogy by Alzheimer’s Society
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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.
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.