Services and Supports
Dementia Care Specialist
The Dementia Care Specialist will come to your home or meet in another location of your choice to:
- Talk through your situation and concerns
- Help you and your family understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
- Discuss the process and how this disease will affect your loved one over time.
- Provide crisis planning and help develop a family action plan to assist in times of need.
- Discuss strategies and provide tools to cope with behavioral changes and skills that can help reduce stress in the home.
- Assist with obtaining community and supportive services.
Call 262-605-6646 for more information or to schedule a visit.
This bold and innovative program is designed specifically for family caregivers of persons living with dementia.
The Savvy Caregiver Training Program provides over twelve hours of face-to-face training with dementia experts, a caregiver manual and access to additional online caregiving tools. The participant will gain:
- Knowledge to manage activities of daily living
- Skills to assess the abilities of your family member and adjust your approach as needed
- Confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals
For more information and to register, call Susan Johnson at 262-605-6602.
Music & Memory
Music and Memory is a program that brings personalized music into the lives of persons with dementia through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
Our Dementia Care Specialist works with the family caregiver and the person with dementia to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods/MP3 Players and related digital audio systems. The personalized playlist enables those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.
Why It Works
- The brain ties music to memory
- Personalized therapeutic music enables the listener to reconnect, regain social skills and live more fully
Therapeutic Benefits of Personalized Music
- A way to give pleasure to persons with advanced dementia
- An enjoyable, fulfilling activity for persons in dialysis, on vent or bed-bound
- Increases cooperation and attention, reduces resistance to care-a real boost for caregiver morale
- Reduces agitation and sundowning
- Enhances engagement and socialization, fostering a calmer social environment
- Provides a valuable tool for the effort to reduce reliance on anti-psychotic medications
Memory Café is a fun social opportunity for individuals concerned about their memory, who have a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early to moderate-stage Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Care partners are an integral part of the Memory Café. This is an opportunity to share stories and connect because being active physically, socially and mentally is good for the brain! Memory Café meets virtually. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.
Caregiver Coffee Club
Stay connected and join fellow caregivers from the comfort of your home using video conferencing or a phone. Enjoy a warm beverage, relax, chat and learn something new. Join the Caregiver Coffee Club on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. To register, call the Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605-6646 or email [email protected].
SPARK! is a monthly program for individuals living with early to mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members which engages participants in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities. The SPARK! program is free and meetings are virtual using the Zoom platform. To register, call the Civil War Museum at 262-653-4141 or email [email protected]. Registrants will receive a Zoom invitation a day before the meeting.
Family Caregiver Support
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease? Does someone you love have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia? There are support groups for caregivers and family members.
- Caregiver Coffee Club: First Wednesday of the month, 10 - 11 am
- Lunch Bunch Family Caregiver Support Group: First Thursday of the month, 12 - 1 pm
Online Family Caregiver Training
Are you struggling with caring for a family member with dementia, need more information, but just don’t have the time to seek out assistance? This online educational program may be the answer. Developed by dementia educators at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the program is easy to use. You will be able to apply the information you learn to everyday living situations. Learn more about the Online Family Caregiver Training.
If you are a family caregiver, it can be hard to find the right resources. Even harder when you don’t have any time. Trualta’s collection of professional content is designed for the family caregiver to make it easier to manage caregiving at home, 24/7/365.
Trualta is a free online learning platform for family caregivers. With lessons as short as 5 minutes, Trualta makes it easy for you to fit caregiver training in whenever it works for you. Trualta provides practical caregiver tips and techniques that you can start using right away. With Trualta, you can also learn alongside other caregivers in your area and learn from others’ experiences.
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To participate, caregivers must have a computer, iPad or other tablet and internet access. To register, click here, call 262-605-6650 or email Margaret Ricchio. You will receive an email with a link to register.
The Alzheimer’s Association is an important community partner in providing education and support to persons with dementia and their caregivers. Kenosha is served by the Wisconsin Chapter. Local Office (Milwaukee): 414-479-8800 24/7 Helpline: 800-272-3900