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Creating a Dementia Friendly Community

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are a growing problem in Milwaukee County. There are many individuals, families, and caregivers living with the challenges of this disease. In response, we are working to create a Dementia Friendly Community with resources and support systems for those with dementia as well as their caregivers.

Connect With a Specialist

Our Dementia Care Specialists are here to help individuals, families, and the community.  To connect with our Dementia Care Specialists call (414) 289-6259 or email today.

Conéctese con una Especialista

Nuestras Especialistas en el cuidado de la demencia están disponibles para ayudar a individuos, familias y a la comunidad. Para comunicarse con una Especialista en el cuidado de la demencia llame al (414) 289-6259 o mande un correo electrónico hoy.

Supporting You

Milwaukee County has Dementia Care Specialists who are available to help individuals with dementia and their caregivers. They are knowledgeable about the resources available to help keep older adults living independently in their community.

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  Family Consultation

Our Dementia Care Specialists will meet with you individually or as a family  to provide you with valuable tools that can ease dementia-related challenges.  We can help identify strategies and tools to use as you care for an individuals with dementia and can also connect you with valuable community resources.

Request a Family Consultation

  Care Planning

Address your current situation and plan for the future, including Advance Care Plans and connections to legal and financial experts. We can help you sort out needs for the individual with dementia and also strategize for what comes next including long term care options.

Next Steps Checklist

  Memory Cafés

Memory Cafés are places where those with dementia and their caregivers can go to socialize in a safe and welcoming environment. They allow you to connect with others going through similar challenges and to create new friendships.  Milwaukee County has many Memory Cafés - find a Memory Café near you and join us for some fun.

Memory Cafés Flyer

  Research Opportunities

Connect with research studies that investigate the causes and possible treatments for Alzheimer's and dementia. Help contribute to the understanding of this disease, prevention, and the search for a cure.

WRAP: Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention  (Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute)

Trial Match (Alzheimer's Association)

  Boost Your Brain & Memory

The Boost Your Brain & Memory program is an evidence based program that takes a holistic approach to improving brain health. This program was designed for adults 55 and older and is an eight week program meeting once a week for one hour. This program focuses on the concept of cognitive research through: physical activity, emotional health, intellectual activity, nutrition, spiritual activity and social engagement.

Greendale Public Health Department 
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
January 23 - March 12
Greendale Community Learning Center, 5650 Parking Street, Greendale
To register call (414) 423-2110
Workshop Flyer

Wilson Park Senior Center
Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
February 5 - April 1
2601 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee

McGovern Park Senior Center
Tuesdays, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
February 6 - March 26
4500 W. Custer Ave., Milwaukee

Washington Park Senior Center
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
February 7 - March 27
4500 W. Custer Ave., Milwaukee

Kelly Senior Center
Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
February 8 - March 28
6100 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy
To register email [email protected] or call (414) 481-9611 x2
Workshop Flyer

Clinton Rose Senior Center
Fridays, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
February 9 - March 29
3045 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee

Supporting Communities

Dementia Care Specialists assist in the development of Dementia Friendly Communities. Together we can create a community where those with dementia can remain active and safe, and caregivers can feel supported.

 

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  Community Education

Informative presentation on topics including: Dementia, Brain Health, Caregiving, Community Resources and other relevant topics

Upcoming Community Presentations

  Memory Screening

A memory screen is a brief test used to evaluate memory, judgement and the ability to understand visual information. 

Consider getting a screen when:
  - You are concerned about your memory
  - Mental tasks that used to be easy to perform become difficult
  - You want to track your cognitive ability over time

Upcoming Free Memory Screenings

Memory Diagnostic Clinic Locations

  Virtual Dementia Tours

Experience the effects of aging and dementia and gain a better understanding of the challenges facing those with dementia. Virtual Dementia Tours allow you to experience the reality of living with dementia while attempting to perform basic daily tasks.  Virtual Dementia Tours help staff, family members, medical professionals, and first responders gain insight, awareness, and compassion for those with dementia.

Schedule a Virtual Dementia Tour for Your Agency

 

  Business Training

Dementia friendly training for businesses and organizations equips staff members with the skills to better serve those with dementia and their caregivers. In this training organizations will learn more about the diseases that cause dementia, how to identify someone with dementia, effective communication techniques, as well as helpful community resources.

Learn More About Dementia Friendly Training

Schedule Dementia Friendly Training for Your Business

Supporting Caregivers

Dementia Care Specialists are available to help individuals with dementia and their caregivers. We can provide family consultations, help with advance care plans, support groups and more.

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  Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Please join us online or by phone for an hour of caregiver discussion and connection provided by Dementia Care Specialists from Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Register by emailing [email protected] or calling (414) 289-6259.

3rd Wednesday of the month, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Flyer for Dementia Caregiver Support Group

  DICE Approach

The DICE Approach is intended to help caregivers better understand behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia which will create a better quality of life for all affected by the disease.  People with dementia communicate through their behaviors and together we can make sense of what they are communicating and create a plan to solve the issue. 

To find out more about the DICE approach, please contact the Dementia Care Specialists at [email protected] or calling (414) 289-6259.

  Savvy Caregiver

Savvy Caregiver is a workshop for family caregivers of a person with dementia. Savvy Caregiver helps family caregivers acquire and strengthen knowledge, skills and attitudes to empower them to be more intentional, strategic and responsive in their care role. Gain knowledge to manage daily care, skills to adjust your approach and confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals.

Virtual Workshop - Hosted by Milwaukee County Dementia Care Speicalists
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 4 - July 9
Register by May 21 by email at [email protected] or by phone at (414) 289-5792
Workshop Flyer

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  SPARK!

SPARK! is a cultural program for people with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Programs are designed to keep participants actively engaged in their communities by providing experiences that stimulate conversations, provide peer support and inspire creativity through creative engagement, workshops and programs. SPARK! programs are free for families to attend together in a comfortable environment led by specially trained staff and volunteers. There are multiple SPARK! programs offered within Milwaukee County.

SPARK! Programs Flyer

  TimeSlips

TimeSlips provides a new method to engage with those with memory loss by letting go of the pressure to remember and unlocking the freedom of creativity and imagination. TimeSlips can help improve mood and communication, reduce distressing behaviors and increase social engagement for people living with dementia.

Senior Couple StandingCaregiving and Dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be especially difficult. There are resources available to help you.

A Guide for Family Caregivers (Wisconsin Department of Health Services) | Dementia Capable Wisconsin Una Guia (ES)

Dementia Communication Tips Bookmark

Caregiver Support

Milwaukee County Caregiver Support Program seeks to help family caregivers by offering information, education and support services for caregivers of older adults, caregivers of individuals with dementia, and older adults caregivers who are caring for grandchildren or individuals with disabilities. They offer information, support, and financial resources for caregivers. To learn more email [email protected] or call (414) 289-6874.

 

Additional Resources

Through the Eyes of a Person With Dementia

Helpful Resources on Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County E-Newsletter

Join the Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County E-Newsletter to learn about the dementia friendly efforts happening in Milwaukee County. Stay up to date on important updates, resources and programs in the dementia and caregiver community. This newsletter will be sent out on a quarterly basis. Subscribe now.

 

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