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Dementia Care Specialist

 The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Marinette County was awarded funding to implement a Dementia Care Specialist Program as part of the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Initiative that was prompted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care.  This program has three goals:
  • Assist individuals and families living with dementia to continue to be active and remain in their homes for as long as they choose.
  • Support the staff within the ADRC and county programs to be better prepared to support individuals with dementia and their family caregivers.
  • Be a catalyst to create dementia friendly communities, which includes businesses, employers, local organizations, etc., and raise awareness of the unique needs of people with dementia and their families.  
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not a specific disease or diagnosis, but an umbrella term for symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty with language and problem-solving, and other thinking abilities that impact everyday life.  Some of the most common forms of dementia are:
  • Alzheimer's Disaese
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
As we age, some cognitive changes can be expected such as overall slowness in thinking and a shorter attention span.  It's even normal to be a little more forgetful as we get older.  However, it's important to know that dementia is not a normal part of aging.

How can the Dementia Care Specialist Help?
Anyone affected by dementia (at any age) can contact the Dementia Care Specialist.  The DCS is here to suppport those that:
  • Have dementia or are concerned they may have symptoms.
  • Are caring for someone with dementia.
  • Are a community member who wants to support individuals with dementia, or are concerned about a friend with symptoms.
  • Are a business owner or leader looking to learn more about dementia friendly communities.  
Supportive Care
  • Cognitive Screens
  • Connections to Support Groups and Other Programs
  • Connections to Resources & Services
  • Assistance with Care Planning
Upcoming Events
MEMORIES, MOMENTS & CONNECTIONS:  This is a new program of planned events organized by Bethany Vandenberge, ADRC Dementia Care Specialist for Marinette County.  Memories, Moments & Connections is a safe and comfortable environment where people with early stage memory loss and their companion/caregiver can socialize, engage, relax and have fun with others who are traveling the same journey.  Light refreshments will be offered at each event. Follow the link for dates and times of these monthly events.

LONGEST DAY AWARENESS EVENT:  Join us on June 19th, 2024 at Rennes East, 701 Willow Street, Peshtigo.  There will be free food, live radio broadcasting and a basket raffle drawing at 1:00 PM.  Summer solstice (June 21, 2024) is the day with the most light.  This day is all about love for our family members, friends and neighbors living with dementia, and for their caregivers whose days truly never end.  This event symbolizes their difficult journey by bringing awareness and raising funds for local dementia friendly community initiatives such as Purple Angel Business Training and Comfort Bag projects.  For more information call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.    

 




Dementia Live! is a high impact, dementia simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it's like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory change.  To learn more about how your family, business, church or organization can experience the simulation, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Marinette County at 715-732-3850 or 888-442-3267.  This is a free training that can be done on site. 

To learn more about this program visit ageucate.com



 
Project Lifesaver


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The primary goal of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's, Autism, Down Syndrome and other related conditions.  Due to a generous donation of Project Lifesaver equipment from the Niagara Police Department and a grant received by Bay Area Search and Rescue, Project Lifesaver is now able to serve all of Marinette County.
The partnerships established by the Menominee County Sheriff's Department, Marinette County Sheriff's Department, and Bay Area Search & Rescue have made this possible!  

Project Lifesaver Website:  www.projectlifesaver.org
Application:  Project Lifesaver Application