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Silver Alert Bill Goes Into Effect

The Silver Alert bill, passed into law by Governor Scott Walker in April of this year, will be going into effect today, August 1st. The Silver Alert is designed to help people who wander from home and their whereabouts are unknown to their caregivers. Silver Alerts will be issued for those missing persons that meet the following criteria:

-60+ years old
-Believed to have Alzheimer's, dementia, or another permanent cognitive impairment that could cause harm to that person's health
-Disappearance is believed to be caused by that cognitive impairment
-Enough information is available so the public can actively assist in locating this person
-Request for a Silver Alert is made within 72 hours of the disappearance

For people with Alzheimer's, dementia, or other permanent cognitive impairments that are under 60 years of age, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network (WCAN) can be used to send out a Missing/Endangered alert. These alerts will be sent via fax, email, or text messages to individuals and business owners at no cost. If you wish to subscribe to this Network to receive these alerts plus Silver Alerts, follow the link to the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network.

If you would like more information on the Silver Alert bill, and what this means for the state of Wisconsin, please visit the following links:

WI Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Van Hollen Introduces Silver Alert Program

Fox 11 (Green Bay) News Story: State Silver Alert System to Go Live Friday

NBC 15 (Madison) News Story: New System Could Make Finding Missing Elderly A Lot Easier

Answers and Solutions

Start Here!

Have you seen the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) message on TV or heard it on the radio? We received a grant to purchase media spots to get the word out. Click to hear the ADRC ads that are running this summer.

We hear all too often, "I wish I would have known about the ADRC sooner." We know we need to get the word out about how your ADRC helps seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers make connections to services so they can Live their best possible life.

We hope you will give us a call or stop by our center and find out why Answers and Solutions Do Start Here.

Staff are dedicated to learning each person's story to provide them with options, advice and/or help connecting to services personalized to their unique situation. The ADRC serves as a clearing house for information and access to a wide range of services and their costs, including;
  • in-home supportive and nursing care
  • housekeeping and chore services
  • home modifications
  • memory screening, dementia care
  • caregiver respite
  • nutrition and home-delivered meals
  • transportation
  • assisted living & nursing homes
  • financial assistance through Medicare, Medicaid, FoodShare and
  • many other aging and disability benefit programs.
As the single point of access for publicly funded long-term care, ADRCs provide eligibility determinations and enrollment counseling for the state's (publicly funded) managed long-term care services. The ADRC provides consumers and their caregivers with the information they need to make cost effective and informed decisions and will advocate for them if they are denied services.

In addition four AddLife Centers (Green Bay, De Pere, Denmark, and Pulaski) offer a wide variety of educational, social and recreational activities. Presentations are offered from professionals on topics ranging from chronic conditions and taking medications to organizing your home and American History. Activities including cooking demos, cards, Wii Bowling, exercise classes, day trips, and more. At the Green Bay AddLife Center an exercise room with treadmill, stationary bikes, and weight equipment is very popular and offers a place to work out with peers. Or make a reservation and have lunch with friends any weekday at any of the centers.

Check out the links on the left to see the wide variety of the information we gather and the activities available for you to enjoy. Scroll down to subscribe to the AddLife News to keep up with what's happening and read interesting articles that pertain to you and your life.

We'd love to talk to you, call 920-448-4300, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Staff is available via phone, in our office or your home during business hours or by special appointment outside of our hours.

Like us on Facebook and get valuable information about caregiving. Post a question and read responses from other caregivers and professionals who will share their knowledge and experience.

Community Services Database-211 The ADRC in partnership with United Way 211 and the Crisis Center maintains this comprehensive data base of community services that is a valuable on-line tool, available 24 hours a day-7 days a week.

2013-2015 ADRC of Brown County - Aging Unit Plan - Read about who the ADRC serves, what their needs are, and how we plan on addressing those needs.

2013 ADRC of Brown County Annual Report - Look back at a busy and successful years. Read how we put plans into action and live our vision and mission.

2013 Year end ADRC-Crisis Center-211 Trends, Unmet Needs Report - This report uses data collected through a collaborative effort between the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Crisis Center and 211 of Brown County, WI. The intent is to demonstrate patterns of need in the Brown County community and to educate policy makers and the public about potential services gaps in order to mobilize change. The ADRC, Crisis Center, and 211 of Brown County represent agencies that have a mission to respond to consumers who are searching for needed services. All three agencies provide reliable, unbiased information and links to community providers who have valuable services to offer.

Quality Service Survey Report. Read why the vast majority of customers (96.9%) said they would recommend the ADRC of Brown County.

ADRC- AddLife programs offer the opportunity for you to take a self-educated, proactive, and personal approach to your health and wellness. They Add-Laughter, Independence, Friends and Energy to your life!

Read the ADRC AddLife Newsletter free each month where ever you receive your email.

E-Newsletter Stay Connected
The ADRC of Brown County e-newsletter called Stay Connected is designed to keep our partners who provide services to seniors and adults with disabilities informed and connected by covering issues important to all of us. We know you receive lots of emails and have little time so the format will be purposely short and to the point and be published when there is something to share. If there are topics you would like covered let us know. You can send your topic to Laurie Ropson at We want to Stay Connected for the benefit of all the persons we mutually serve.

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Contact:  Devon Christianson - Director
Phone: 920-448-4300
Fax: 920-448-4306
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Mailing Address:  300 S. Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
Physical Address:  300 S. Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Other hours available by prior arrangement

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