Taking Dementia One Step Further
Not only can the ADRC offer resources to help you navigate a dementia diagnosis, but there are different programs available specifically for those with dementia. Contact the ADRC of Brown County for more information and to learn how to sign-up for the programs listed below (920-448-4300).
AT Home with Dementia
The ADRC of Brown County, Curative Connections, and Options for Independent Living partner to bring this program to Brown County. If you or a loved one has dementia, assistive technology (also known as adaptive medical equipment) can help make living in your home easier. The staff with this program are trained to provide equipment specifically for those with dementia, helping to maintain independence in everyday life and improve safety. Consultations can happen in your home free of charge. If you need assistance finding ways to pay for the equipment, this program can help explore ways to make equipment affordable. How can this help you as a caregiver?
-Caregivers increased their confidence levels in their ability to care for their loved one from 35% prior to the assessment to 77% after the assessment.
-80% of caregivers said the burden of their safety concerns in the home was relieved with this program.
-78% of caregivers felt that had greater support in their role after working with the specialists.
Call today for information or to set-up an appointment (920-593-3521). Appointments are free of charge.
Brown County Memory Cafe
Find laughter, friendship, and engaging activities* at Memory Cafes! They offer a fun, relaxing, and comfortable environment for people with mild memory loss, dementia, or mild cognitive impairment. Spouses, family members, friends, or caregivers are welcome! Come and enjoy the company of others on the same journey. Register for any Memory Cafe with Renee Erickson (920-412-9960).
*All programmed activities are designed to be comforting, yet stimulating, for persons with dementia.
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Monthly Memory Cafe Locations
ADRC (Aging & Disability Resource Center)
300 S. Adams St., Green Bay
Date: 3rd Wednesday, Starting September 20
Denmark Senior Center
141 Highridge Ave., Denmark
Date: 3rd Thursday
Green Bay Botanical Gardens
2600 Larsen Rd., Green Bay
Date: 2nd Tuesday
Kress Family Library
333 N. Broadway, De Pere
Date: 4th Thursday
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2809 Flintville Rd., Suamico
Date: 1st Wednesday
to find Memory Cafes outside of Brown County. Search by state & city.
The Brown County Memory Cafe is organized and sponsored by the Brown County Dementia Coalition. Learn more about this coalition's goals & presence in the community on the ADRC webpage on the Brown County Dementia Coalition. Brown County Memory Cafes are always looking for volunteers. Reach out to Renee Erickson to learn more (920-412-9960).
Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization (LEEPS) Program
Are you a person going through the early stages of a dementia? Are you a caregiver looking for some respite time? Are you a child, grandchild, friend, or neighbor looking to help a loved one with dementia, but don’t know how to do so or continue communicating with your loved one? The LEEPS program through the ADRC of Brown County may be able to help. LEEPS is for people with early- moderate forms of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The program helps to improve fitness and mood. The Dementia Care Specialist at ADRC of Brown County will match you with a volunteer from the community or your circle of support (friends, family, neighbors). Together, you and the volunteer will exercise one day of the week, plus take you out for a fun social activity in the community once a week.
To qualify you need to:
- Live in Brown County
- Live in your home or the home of a family member
- Be willing to go on outings with a community volunteer
- Be able to perform simple exercises twice per week
- Be able to follow verbal directions and participate in conversation
As a friend or loved one, you have the opportunity to become trained in the LEEPS program and can then be the matched volunteer to the loved one with dementia. This is a great way to still play an active role in the person’s life, while getting professional guidance as to how to do so.
Contact the ADRC Dementia Care Specialist to learn more about this program and volunteer opportunity (920-448-4300).
Memory Care Connections
This program guides family caregivers through Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Memory Care Connections can reduce stress, increase family support, increase education about the disease & available resources, and discusses coping tools & strategies. The program takes place over multiple meetings with the Dementia Care Specialist at your home or location of choice. To qualify you need to:
- Live in Brown County
- Live with a person who has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia
- Be open to sharing your experiences caring for your loved one
- Attend & participate in multiple meetings with the Dementia Care specialist
- Have at least one family member or friend participate in some of the meetings with you
For more information, please contact the Dementia Care Specialist at ADRC of Brown County (920-448-4300).
ADRC Memory Screen
The ADRC offers free and confidential memory screens to anyone looking to check on their memory and cognition. The screens only take about 10 minutes to complete, and can be done at the ADRC of Brown County or in your home. The screen consists of three exercises designed to help detect possible cognitive changes. Results can be sent to your doctor with your permission. If you need assistance talking to your family about any possible concerns, the ADRC staff are more than happy to help you figure out how to start the conversation. Early detection is key when it comes to dementia, as symptoms can start 10-20 years before you are diagnosed! Start by having a screen before you even think you have a problem with your memory. This will allow you to develop a baseline that can be used as a gauge every year afterwards.
How do you get a screen? Simply walk-in during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am—4:30 pm), or call to make an appointment (920-448-4300). If you are already working with one of our staff or the Dementia Care Specialist, ask to have a screen completed at your next appointment!
ADRC Memory Health Events
Please check back for future memory health events! To put your name on a waitlist to be contacted when an event is planned, please call ADRC at 920-448-4300.
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- AT Home with Dementia
Find the adaptive medical equipment you or your loved one with dementia need. Trained experts can do home assessments at no cost to you, commonly suggesting low-cost options to make living in your own home safer. Program provided by a combined grant partnership with the ADRC of Brown County, Curative Connections, and Options for Independent Living.
- Brown County Memory Cafe Flyer
All the information you need to know about the montly Brown County Memory Cafe, a fun & comfortable environment for those with early stage memory loss and their loved ones.
- ADRC Memory Screen
Discover how a FREE, simple, ten-minute memory screen can help you stay on top of your brain health. Given by trained staff at the ADRC, these screens can be done in the office or in your own home.
- Alzheimer's & Related Dementia Support Groups in Brown County
A listing of caregiver support groups affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association in Brown County.
- Wisconsin Silver Alert Program
Sign-up today to start receiving email, cell phone text, or fax alerts through the Silver Alert program in Wisconsin. The program assists in finding missing adults with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, or other permanent cognitive impairments. (Certain criteria required in order for a Silver Alert to be enacted by law enforcement).
- Dealing with Dementia
Watch a series of short videos from Wisconsin Eye to see how dementia has an impact on residents in the state of Wisconsin.