Dementia Friendly Milwaukee County Newsletter 
October 2023
This newsletter will focus on the dementia friendly efforts happening in Milwaukee County as well as sharing important updates, resources and programs in the dementia and caregiver community. This newsletter is organized by the Dementia Care Specialists with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Milwaukee County. 
Dementia Care Specialist Program Updates 
DCS Holding the Orange Flower at This Years Walk to End Alzheimer's 

The orange flower represents those advocating in honor of all those impacted by Alzheimer's disease and all other dementias. Thank you Alzheimer's Association for giving us the honor of holding the orange flower at this year's walk! 
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Caring for the Caregiver Presentation  
Virtual November 7 at 10am
During this presentation caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia will learn strategies they can use to help reduce caregiver stress and practice self-care. We will cover caregiver tips and techniques that caregivers can use to address daily care needs.
For more information or to register call: (414) 647-6065
Caregiver Education Series in October 
Stepping Stones to Planning Your Future educational serries for caregivers. Please call  414-479-8800 for more information and to register
Click the button below to register for any of the Stepping Stones to Planning educational offerings
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TimeSlips, an international non-profit founded in Wisconsin, is partnering with your local DCS to provide free caregiver resources to you and an opportunity to participate in a statewide artistic initiative called TimeSlips Voices! 
TimeSlips is looking for audio responses from people living with memory loss and their caregivers.
Here's how to get involved with TimeSlips Voices. Answer the below questions and record your answers by calling their voicemail line 1-800-220-1822, ext. 1 

  • What is a food you're always in the mood for? Why do you like it?
  • What types of music do you enjoy?
  • What is an activity that you enjoy doing with others?
  • What is a reason to celebrate? 

*Stay tuned for updates from your DCS this fall when the audio collage is shared back for you to enjoy and share with loved ones! 

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Brain Health Corner:
Are you concerned about your memory?
Consider getting a free community memory screen. 
A memory screen is defined as a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. This is not a diagnostic tool, but a screen that can provide early detection for dementia.
You can request a community memory screen by contacting the Dementia Care Specialist at (414) 289-6259, [email protected] or make an appointment at one of our upcoming community memory screening events:
Richardson Manor 
October 23
1919 N 11th St. Milwaukee
OASIS Senior Center
November 16
2414 W Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee 
*  Breve evaluaciones de la memorial 
Hart Park Senior Center
October 16
7300 W Chestnut St. Wauwatosa  
West Allis Senior Center
October 17
7001 W National Ave. West Allis 
Mitchell Street Library 
October 17
906 W Historic Mitchell St. Milwaukee
*Breve evaluaciones de la memorial 
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Boost Your Brain & Memory Program 
This evidence-based program takes a holistic approach to improving brain health. This program is intended for people who are not diagnosed with dementia, to learn ways they can lower their risk of developing dementia. See upcoming program offerings below: 
  • Clinton Rose Senior Center: Wednesdays October 11 - November 29: 9:30-11am 
Aging and Disability Resource Center News  
The Independent Living Support Pilot

Milwaukee County ADRC is launching the Independent Living Support Pilot to provide flexible services for people to live at home longer. 

The pilot program will help improve people’s ability to stay in their own homes, potentially easing the increased burden on Wisconsin’s long-term care system as our population ages. This pilot will provide invaluable insight about how people seek information about services and supports. It will also help us understand potential barriers in accessing those services. 

To learn more about the program click the button below or call the Milwaukee County ADRC at (414) 289-6874
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Health & Wellness Workshops 

We are committed to improving the health and wellness of older adults in Milwaukee County. Please click on the button below to view our quarter four workshops. 
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Welcome New ADRC Caregiver Support Coordinator! 
The ADRC of Milwaukee County welcomes Kayla Steinke our new Caregiver Support Coordinator. Kayla has many years of experience supporting family caregivers and older adults. As the Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, she provides support services, education and advocacy to promote the health and wellbeing of caregivers. To connect with Kayla please call (414) 289-6544
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Caregiver Grants 
Below are the description of the two Family Caregiver Respite Care Grants. To find out more information or to apply contact Kayla at (414) 289-6544. 

National Family Caregiver Support Program: Respite, information, support, and other resources to qualifying family caregivers. Support caregivers of individuals 60+, or caregivers 55+ caring for a younger relative.

Alzheimer's Family and Caregiver Support Program: Funding for goods and services for qualifying families supporting an individual with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other dementia. 
November is...
National Family Caregiver Month! 
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Every November is National Family Caregivers Month where we
take the time to recognize all of the hard work our family caregivers provide
every single day. Families are the primary source of support for older adults
and people with disabilities in the United States. According to AARP’s recent
report Wisconsin has an estimated 580,000 family caregivers, who shoulder 80%
of all care in the state. These family caregivers provide $490 million hours of
care annually, valued at $6.9 million dollars.
The Caregiver Action Network provides these 10 tips for family caregivers: 

1. Seek support from other caregivers, you are not alone!  
2. Take care of your own health so you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. 
3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. 
4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.
5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often. 
6. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay getting professional help when you need it. 
7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. 
8. Organize medical information to it's up to date and easy to find.  
9. Make sure legal documents are in order. 
10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!   
Alzheimer's Association
3rd Annual Dementia Care Symposium 
Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin Chapter will be hosting their 3rd Annual Dementia Care Symposium on Thursday, November 2 at Carroll University Shattuck Auditorium. The event will feature Teepa Snow. The morning session is for health professionals and the afternoon sessions will be for family and professional caregivers and community

Registration can be completed by clicking the button below. 

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Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior 

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways people with dementia communicate their needs as the ability to use words is lost.
This program is taking place at the following locations and dates: 

Date: Monday October 23 2023
Time: 2-3pm
Location: Lumia-Mequon 11900 N. Port Washington Rd. Mequon 

Date: Wednesday November 8  2023
Time: 12-1pm
Location: Alzheimer's Association: 620 S. 76th St. Suite 160 Milwaukee WI  
RSVP: Virgina Zerpa (414) 431-8811 [email protected] 
Caring for the Caregiver 
Taking Care of You Event
Caring for the Caregiver-Taking Care of You Event on Saturday, November 11 presented by Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin Chapter with support from community partners, including Milwaukee County Aging & Disabilities Services. This event will provide learning opportunities and opportunities for self care for caregivers. Respite will be available on-site.

Event to be hosted at St. Matthew C.M.E. Church in Milwaukee. 

Additional details and registration information to come.  
Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia 

In the United States alone, more than 6 million individuals are living with Alzheimer's. Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia, what happens in the brain and more. 

Date: Tuesday November 14
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Alzheimer's Association: 620 S. 76th St. Suite 160 Milwaukee WI  
RSVP: Virgina Zerpa (414) 431-8811 [email protected]  
Successful Aging In Greendale For Everyone (SAGE)
Care for the Caregiver Workshop

This free event is intended to provide respite for family caregivers who are caring for an older adult or someone with dementia or experiencing memory loss. Occurring Saturday November 4, 2023, from 9am-1pm. See flyer below for details. 
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Wisconsin Alzheimer's Insitute
Community Health Fair
The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute is hosting a community health fair at Calvary Baptist Church 2959 N. Teutonia Ave. Milwaukee from 11am-2pm on Saturday October 14. 

They will be offering free flu and COIVD vaccines, blood pressure checks, live music and giveaways. 

See the flyer below for more details or for questions contact Gail Morgan at [email protected] or (414) 219-5124
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The Amazing Grace Chorus 2023 Fall Season 
The Chorus program is welcoming new members for their 2023 fall season entitled "A Fall Bountiful in Song". 

To learn more about the chorus or to join, visit their website by clicking the button below. 
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Navigator Transporation Pilot Program
Melanin Minded LLC 

Melanin Minded is offering dementia friendly transportation for seniors with dementia and their caregivers. Navigator Transportation will help individuals who can no longer drive to due the progression of the disease. To learn more, visit their website or call them at (414) 334-4345
Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance

Caregiver Toolkit

Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance will develop a state-wide toolkit on caregiver's topics and resources that will be shared via the Milwaukee County Aging Services Facebook page. Stay tuned for updates and information about events and webinars on the Facebook page throughout the month of November.  
Milwaukee County Memory Cafés and SPARK! Programs 
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Memory Cafes and SPARK! programs are community programs for those with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. 
Click on the button to view the complete list and learn more: 
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What's Happening?
Top Tips for Maximizing Treatment and Quality of Live in Lewy Body Dementia, FTD and Vascular Dementia 
Dementia Care Network
As diagnostic precision improves, there is a growing desire to understand more about the management of dementias that differ from Alzheimer's. 
Date: Friday November 10
Time: 9am-10:30am
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Legacy Caregiver Support Program
Legacy Home and Respite Care Foundation
Join Legacy Home and Respite Care Foundation at their Caregiver Support Program official launch brunch! 
Date: Saturday October 21 2023
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Reign Event Lounge 
Caregiver Roadmap 
Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network
The Caregiver Roadmap is a tool that was created in 2019 by a group of professionals in central Wisconsin who came together to support caregivers. To learn more about this roadmap register for their upcoming webinar.
Date: October 19 2023
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Cooking Our Way!
Dementia Action Alliance 
A cookbook by and for people living with Dementia. Click on the link below to download a free copy of the cookbook!
 A Day with Lewy
ADRC & DCS of Dodge and Jefferson Counties 
A conference to enhance your learning and understanding of dementia caregiving with a focus on Lewy Body Dementia. 
Date: October 26 2023
Time: 8am-4pm
Location: Comfort Suites Johnson Creek Conference Center 725 Paradise Ln. Johnson Creek, WI 
FDA Fully Approves Alzheimer's Medication Leqembi 
Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Leqembi, a therapy for Alzheimer's disease shown to slow the cognitive decline associated with the disease.
A New Era: Understanding Lecanemab, Donameb, and Emerging Therapies for Alzheimer's Disease 
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Join us for a free interactive webinar with an interprofessional panel of experts to answer questions you have about the newly approved and emerging therapies for Alzheimer's disease. 
Date: November 6 2023
Time: 10am
Location: Virtual via Zoom
How many Americans have Alzheimer's disease?
USA Facts 
As many as 6.7 million Americans over 65 have Alzheimer's disease. That number is expected to more than double by 2060.
Let's end with a Beautiful Question! 

What is your favorite smell of autumn? 
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