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Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia diseases is often a series of grief experiences as you watch memories disappear and skills erode. Initially, this process can go unnoticed until difficulties impact more areas of daily life and the disease can no longer be denied. For both caretakers and their loved ones, this often produces an emotional tangle of confusion, anger and sadness. If left unchecked, these feelings can last throughout a caregiver’s long journey. Being part of a support group and exploring common Alzheimer’s experiences can shift your perspective and show you that you are not alone.
The Dementia Care Specialist (DCS) shall provide education and awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This shall include: providing options to caregivers and individuals affected by memory loss regarding community resources and services, assisting with future planning, and implementing the Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization (LEEPS) and Memory Care Connections (MCC) Programs. LEEPS provides physical and cognitive activities, as well as social outing opportunities to those affected by early-stage memory loss. MCC provides caregiver education, support, and assistance with future planning for those caring for a loved one in middle and later stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, to delay or prevent institutionalization or publically funded long term care services.
Everyone loses a key or forgets a name. As our bodies age our brains age, too. But normal memory loss that comes with aging shouldn’t interfere with the activities of a person’s daily life.
When should you be concerned?
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, it might be time to consider a free memory screening from the ADRC. A memory screening gives you a clearer understanding of whether or not it’s time to talk to your doctor about your concerns. Early referral to your physician is important to determine whether these changes are normal, if they can be treated, and if they are reversible.
Trained Staff from your local Aging and Disability Resource Center can do the screening. It takes less than 15 minutes, and you’ll know what to do next. Information about support in your area will also be provided.
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The Alzheimer’s Family and Caregiver Support Program or AFCSP is a program created by the Wisconsin legislature in 1985 in response to the stress and service needs of families caring at home for someone with irreversible dementia. To be eligible, a person must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and be financially eligible.
How does the AFCSP program work? Funds for AFCSP are made available in each county to assist individuals to purchase services and goods related to the care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Up to $4,000 per person may be available, depending on the county’s priorities and the person’s need for services…In some instances, the funds are used within the county to expand or develop new services related to Alzheimer’s disease, such as respite care, adult day care or support groups or services.
What types of goods and services does the program purchase? Allowable services are those which are necessary to maintain a person with Alzheimer’s disease in the community, typical services have included in-home help, respite care, adult day care, and transportation. Goods provided have included nutritional supplements, security systems, specialized clothing, incontinent products, home delivered meals, home adaption, specialized equipment.
What are the income and asset limits? A couple may have a joint income of $40,000 or less. But if a couple’s income is more than $40,000, the costs related to Alzheimer’s can be subtracted from the gross income. If the net income is less than $40,000, the couple would be eligible. Assets are not counted for AFCSP. Only the income produced by the assets would count toward the $40,000 limit.
Do I need a doctor’s statement? Yes, the person must be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or any of the other irreversible dementias. The AFCSP coordinator for the county must have a written statement from the doctor.
Can I find out more about AFSCP? Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore: phone 920-683-4180 or Toll-Free, 1-877-416-7083.
Limited financial assistance is available annually to individuals providing care to others. Call us for more information about this program and status of the funds.
The Department of Health Services and partner organizations are working on a new state plan to help people with dementia, their families, and their communities. The plan will establish priorities for the Department as it works with partner agencies and organizations across the state to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families.
Please fill out a survey to share your priorities for a new state plan. Surveys will be available from December 1 through midnight on December 19.
It is the policy of Manitowoc County to comply with the equal opportunity policy and standards of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health Services and the Department of Workforce Development and all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations relating to nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery.