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Dementia & Family Caregiver Support

Upcoming Programming:
For more information call 608.637.5201 and ask for Teresa or email teresa.gander@vernoncounty.org

Online Support Gathering: Join others caring for a loved one with dementia. Relaxing environment to share joys and concerns. 
Thursday evenings 7:30pm-8:30pm (Thursday Evening Conversations)
First Monday of the Month 10:00-11:00am (Circle of Support)


October Virtual Book Club: Mom's Gone Missing by Susan Marshall

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm (October 5, 12, 19, & 26)

November Caregiver Gathering: Lunch (12:00) and guest speaker (1:00) Susan Marshall, author of Mom's Gone Missing.
Gundersen St Joseph's Hospital Hillsboro. November 10, 2021. Registration is required.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers  (class held virtually and in-person at Hillsboro Public Library):
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. 

Cognitive Screens: 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
July: Driving https://livestream.com/dhswebcast/events/9050160/videos/223455891
August: Grief https://vimeo.com/showcase/8643812/video/586767098
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.

Dementia CareBlazers Dementia tips & strategies to help you take the best care of you AND your loved one with dementia. New video every Sunday. 
CareBlazers YouTube Videos

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.

Program Brochure Dementia & Family Caregiver Program

Online Tools:
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
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.