Dementia Services

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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.

Dementia Care Specialist

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 evidence-based programs to help individuals affected by dementia to live independently in their communities. The goal of the Dementia Care Specialist is to utilize resources readily available in the community to delay or prevent institutionalization or publically funded long term care services.

Memory Screening

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?

  • Forgetful?
  • Confused?
  • Losing things?
  • Disoriented?
  • Difficulty understanding?
  • Changes in mood?
  • Changes in behavior?

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.

Who does memory screenings?

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.

Contact Us for more information.

Alzheimer Family & Caregiver Support Programs

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.

Updates on Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Plan!  The Department of Health Services and partner organizations are currently working on a new 5-year state plan to help people with dementia, their families, and their communities. DHS and The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread co-hosted a stakeholder “Dementia Summit” in March 2018, to lay the foundation for the new State Plan. The State Plan will be completed in 2018 and implemented over five years, from 2019 through 2023. The Department conducted a public survey to get input from people with memory loss or dementia, family members and people who informally care for someone with memory loss or dementia, and professionals that work with those who have dementia and their families.  Results of the 2018 Public Survey were reviewed by participants at the Dementia Summit to help them as they established Priorities for 2019-2023.

The State Plan is a Wisconsin plan. It is not one agency’s plan, and one agency cannot meet the goals of the plan independently. The State of Wisconsin will need all partners. Success of the plan relies on the involvement of our community, medical, social, crisis and protective service, advocacy, and provider networks. Subscribe to receive email updates about the State Plan and the formation of a steering committee and workgroups.

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Join us for the Annual "Walk to End Alzheimer's"

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness.

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