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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 our office and ask for Teresa or email
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.

April Book Club: On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, & What it Means to Disappear By Lynn Castell Harper
To register call or email Teresa at 608.637.5201 or
Tuesdays 12:00pm-1:00pm  (April 6, 13, 20, & 27)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: open to anyone caring for a loved one. Class begins January 22- February 26, 2021. One day a week for 6 weeks. Registration required and class is free.

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.

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 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.

Online Tools:
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
Educational Opportunities
Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance

Caregiver Online Support
Virtual Events for Caregivers
Caregiver Teleconnection

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

Our Funding Sources:

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.