Department on Aging

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Support for Families & Communities


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Updates in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Complete details on MCDA services that will be changing at this time as a precaution. 

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.

Greendale Memory Café

Oak Creek Memory Café

Shorewood Memory Café

Virtual Memory Cafés

  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)

  Music and Memory

The Wisconsin Music and Memory Program is part of the national Music and Memory program designed to help people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.

To learn more, please contact the Dementia Care Specialists at or calling (414) 289-6259.

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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  Tri-County 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, Ozaukee, and Waukesha counties. Register by emailing or calling (414) 289-6259.

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

Flyer for Tri-County Dementia Caregiver Support Group

  Let's Talk Over Coffee

Take some time out of your day to discuss lighthearted topics. Join out Dementia Care Specialists and other caregivers in creative conversations online together with other caregivers. Bring your favorite morning beverage to our virtual coffee house!  Register by emailing or calling (414) 289-6259.

3rd Tuesday of every month, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Let's Talk Over Coffee Flyer

  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 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.

Current Workshops


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.

Find a SPARK! Program

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 Communication Tips Bookmark

Family Caregiver Support Network

The Family Caregiver Support Network helps family caregivers by offering information, education and support services to assist caregivers of older adults. They offer counseling, training and resources for caregivers including respite care. For the Family Caregiver Support Network call (414) 479-8800.

Through the Eyes of a Person With Dementia

Helpful Resources on Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Did you know the state of Wisconsin has a Dementia Care Redesign Plan


Dementia Care Community Events




1220 W. Vliet St., Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53205

Phone: (414) 289-6874
Toll Free:  1-866-229-9695
Fax: (414) 289-8568
TRS: 711

DHHS Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

DHHS Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services

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