Dementia Capable Wisconsin

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The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North staff including the Dementia Care Specialist can provide support for individuals with dementia, family caregivers and the community at large.

Dementia Care Specialist Brochure (PDF)     ADRC of the North Brochure

On this page you can find information about the programs offered by the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North focused on dementia related issues.  You will also be able to learn more about dementia through video’s, printable documents and helpful links.

We hope you find this information helpful and if you have any questions please contact us toll free at: 1-866-663-3607.  Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Click on the links below for more information:
Basic Information                                                        Brain Health
Memory Screens                                                          Video Clips
Family Caregivers                                                        Helpful Documents
Individuals with Dementia                                        ADRC-N Web Links Page
Memory Cafes                                                              Dementia Friendly Communities
Event Calendars              


Family Caregivers

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Memory Care Connections Brochure    Memory Care Connections Poster   

The goal of the Memory Care Connections research program (a replication of the NYU Caregiver Intervention)  is to provide knowledge and support to the people caring for their loved-ones with dementia.  When family members who are also caregivers receive support and services they need, the person with dementia also benefits.  Programs like Memory Care Connections has shown to be effective in delaying the need for nursing home care.

Program Overview

Memory Care Connections is a program for a live-in caregiver caring for a loved one with dementia and their family members. It is facilitated by our Dementia Care Specialist in your home or location of choice to best meet the needs of the caregiver through support, guidance and education.  Call 1 (866) 663-3607 for more information about Memory Care Connections.

Memory Care Connections is a 6-session counseling program that evolved from the experience of clinicians at New York University School of Medicine.  The study found that caregivers who participated in the program experienced many benefits—including fewer symptoms of depression and stress, as well as better physical health—compared with those who did not participate. They also reported increased satisfaction with the emotional and practical support they received, as well as increased closeness to their families. As a result of the program, many caregivers were able to postpone or avoid placing their spouses in residential care.

Here is a visual timeline of the Memory Care Connections program…

Memory Care Connections Timeline (PDF)


During the program our  Dementia Care Specialist will:

– Assess your situation and discuss your concerns.

– Help you and your family understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and how the disease may progress over time.

– Work with you and your family on developing a plan that supports you.

– Discuss strategies, provide coping tools and problem solving skills that will help reduce stress.

– Assist you in obtaining community resources and supportive services.

– Be just a phone call away.

The Memory Care Connections program is available in Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price & Sawyer Counties.  Call for more information: 1-866-663-3607.

Watch the video clip to hear from the founders of the program and see how it has helped us help you…

Helpful Web links for Caregivers:

Helpful Documents for Caregivers:

National Links

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Memory Screens

Memory Screens


Memory Screen Brochure (PDF)

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North staff has been trained and certified in providing memory screens to persons who are concerned about their memory due to changes that are noticed, a family history or to get a cognitive baseline used to monitor trends in your brain health.

The screening tool that we use will take about 15 minutes of your time.  Our friendly staff will then review the screen with you to answer questions that may have.  You will be provided with information and resources regarding ways to support your brain health.

Why have a screen done?

A screen may be able to identify another medical condition that can be treated and your daily cognition will improve resulting in a higher quality of life moving forward.

It has been identified that early detection matters.  If upon further evaluations by a medical professional it is determined that you my have dementia or mild cognitive impairment, you are able to plan for your future.  Be an advocate for your care now and in the future.  You can be proactive in developing the support system that will allow you to maintain the level of independence that you want with the least amount of support.  You can become involved in early intervention programs that may slow the challenges experience from the disease.

Knowing what your individual cognitive baseline is allows you to become proactive in monitoring your brain health.  Without a baseline how will you know if you are improving your brain health with lifestyle choices?  Yes, you can use this tool to show progress.  We could have made lifestyle choices that did not benefit the brain in the past, and this is a way to re-evaluate our choices and modify our lifestyle choices to support a brain healthy lifestyle.

What if the screen shows areas of concern?

The screening tool that we use at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North does not diagnose a person with dementia.  It provides an assessment of how your brain is functioning in a single moment.  There are many reasons why a screen may show some concerns such as depression, stress, caregiver burnout, infections, hormone imbalances, sleep imbalances, challenges in vision or hearing, chronic pain, medication side effects…. The list goes on.

After reviewing possible reasons for the screen results, the person who administered the screen will be able to share some of the possible causes related to the screen results and refer you to a qualified health care provider who will be able to help you to sort through these in more detail and manage your brain health.  A medical provider is the only person who is able to provide a dementia diagnosis, and this is commonly done after all other factors have been ruled out.  These screens are confidential and if requested will be shared with your primary health care provider if you choose to do so.

National Memory Screen Day

The Aging and Disability Center of the North participates in National Memory Screen Day each year.  It is generally the third Tuesday in November.  Last year their were 144 people attend the sites for either a screen or more information.  We had our best year with 19 sites and 114 individuals screened.  Here is a video clip that talks about a prior years event.


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    • Who should be screened?
    • Where can I get a Memory Screen?
      • Call our friendly staff at 1-866-663-3607 to set up a time to have your screen completed.
      • Screens can be done in our offices or in your home.
      • We recommend an initial baseline screen and then a re-screen every year to monitor your brain health.
    • How much do the screens cost?
      • The memory screens that we provide are free of cost.
    • I have more questions about the screen… How can I learn more about it?
      • Please contact the ADRC of the North at 1-86-663-3607 and our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Individuals with Dementia


LEEPS Brochure (PDF)                    LEEPS Poster (PDF)

LEEPS is a language enriched exercise plus socialization program developed to aid in improving or maintaining a person’s physical and brain health.  Trained volunteer(s) will assist individuals in their home and community with a customized exercise program developed by a physical therapist along with you primary care provider.  Studies show that improving your physical strength and brain health may reduce a person’s risk of falls and improve one’s overall mood.

The LEEPS program has two main components; the exercise/cognitive stimulation session and the outing in the community.  Each part takes place on a different day. Volunteers are responsible for assisting program participants to complete each of the two main components every week.

  • LEEPS Brochure
  • Independence
  • Research opportunities

One way to stay independent longer is to keep the body active. Animal testing shows a connection between exercise and the brain. Dr. Michael Raab works with the aging brain.  Preliminary research is showing much the same in humans; that staying physically fit may slow brain shrinkage.

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Dementia Friendly Communities

This section of the webpage will cover the “why” and “how” behind community awareness and support for our friends, families & neighbors.  As you will see below, our community is aging, and with the greatest risk factor for developing some type of dementia is “Getting Older”, we need to start making changes now to support us tomorrow.


Increased civic awareness of dementia related issues

View this video clip to experience the difference a Dementia Friendly Community can make for a person with early cognitive changes when when attempting to complete daily tasks in their local community.


Our state is aging at a fast rate.  Look and compare the pictures below that show the change in our population over the next 20 years.  The darker the blue indicates a higher percentage of people over the age of 65.    Click here to go the the Wisconsin DHS website for more information.  We need to be prepared for the challenges that are associated with increased age.

WI Demographics

Wisconsin’s Dementia Care System Redesign

Full PDF “Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign”





Memory Cafés

Click below on the area you are interested in to see the Memory Cafe Flyer.  A Calendar link is offered for you if you wish to add any of these cafe’s to your calendar.

What is a Memory Cafe?

AWelcome to Memory Cafe DirectoryMemory Cafe is a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other types of the dementia/brain disorders. Additionally, it is helpful for people with all forms of mild cognitive impairment.

Individual Memory Cafes focus on different aspects for a unique experience. You may find some are activities-based, while others focus on education. You might have one enjoying the connections of demographic-appropriate music and dancing. Others might focus on crafts and painting.

Dementia Friendly Businesses

  • Our local Dementia Friendly Business/Agency training program is facilitated by your local Dementia Network.  We have 4 coalitions in our 5 county region (Ashland/Bayfield, Hayward, Phillips & Hurley).
    • Your business/agency can become dementia friendly in a couple of ways
      • Provide a “Lunch~N~Learn” for your staff.
      • Have a member of your staff participate in the “Train the Trainer” program and train your current and future staff in house.
    • PAABDNOnce your business/agency has completed the training and at least 75% of your staff is trained you will receive a purple angle, a certificate & a packet of information and resources that your staff will be able to use and refer as they are willing.
    • Our goal is to provide you and your staff the awareness to identify a customer or consumer who may be having some cognitive challenges, and know how to best assist them while they are at your business or agency so they are able to feel successful and not judged.
  • Please contact your local dementia network coalition for more information.  If you are not sure who to contact call and our friendly staff will assist you in finding the right contact at:  1.866.663.3607

 Dementia capable emergence response

Wisconsin Silver Alert Program:

Wisconsin Silver Alert Program:  View the video clip below to hear more about the program.

If you would like to sign up to receive silver alerts visit the “Crime Alert” website and get started.


  click here to watch a video regarding the start-up of he “Silver Alert”.



                                 Silver Alert

   click here to watch a video regarding a recent success as a result of the “Silver Alert”.

Project Lifesaver:

A public safety program designed to protect and locate missing persons due to wandering.  Contact your local law enforcement or ADRC to find out if project lifesaver is available in your area.

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Basic Information

Memory changes or other changes in how our brain works can be scary. Understanding the difference between “Normal Aging” and “Not Normal Aging” is the first step in sorting out these changes.  There are many reasons why these changes take place.  You will be able to learn more about that and other dementia facts here through some printable documents, video clips and links to other websites for more information.

Dementia is not part of normal aging.  It is a disease.  However there are other medical conditions that may mimic the signs and symptoms that we normally associate with dementia.  It is our responsibility to make sure these other factors are addressed and being treated by a health care provider.

Here is a picture that compares “Normal Aging” vs. “Not Normal Aging”

Normal vs. Not Normal Aging

This picture shows side by side the differences between normal and not normal aging.  If you find yourself or someone else with similarities in the left column, continue contact the ADRC of the North for more information on memory screens or resources on a how to receive a thorough medical assessment.  View the video’s below for more information.


Know the 10 Warning Signs

Knowing what the early signs are of dementia are will help identify if there is a need for a more comprehensive evaluation.  Below is an excerpt from the Alzheimer’s Association program: “Know the 10 Signs”…  For the full program at no cost Click Here.  Click on the logo along side the video to go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association website to review the 10 warning signs and other information.




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Brain Health

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     Keep a balance of all 5 areas…

  • Often we find that we have one or two pieces of this pie that are larger than the others…
  • Try to find a way to increase the smaller slices to bring the your brain health back to balance.
  • Learn more about Dr. Paul Naussbaum’s “Five Domains of the “Brain Healthy Lifestyle” by downloading “5 Domains of the “Brain Healthy Lifestyle”

Risk Factors Associated with Dementia

     Are you getting older?   Do you have a brain?

Risk Factor Review

Click here for a PDF of the questions.


Wisconsin’s Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Older Adults

What does “Evidence-Based Health Promotion” mean?

Evidence-based health promotion programs are interventions that are based on evidence that is generated by scientific studies.  The evidence shows that the program is effective in preventing disease and improving health.  These programs have gone through a research process to determine if they show the results that are intended by the program.  The program results have also been published in professional scientific journals.

For example:  a program that is designed to increase physical activity among it’s participants would be evaluated to measure whether or not a significant increase in physical activity actually happens after the participants complete the program.   For a list of evidence based health promotion programs visit the Wisconsin DHS website by clicking here.

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Video Clips


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Dementia Network Calendars…

Choose from one of our 4 network calendars below:

»Hayward Area Dementia Network (Sawyer County)
»Ashland Bayfield Dementia Network
»Dementia Friendly Iron County Network
»Price County Dementia Network

If you would like to contact one of the networks please use the gmail account that correlates with the appropriate calendar.

If you wish to add an event to one or more of our calendars:

  • Find the calendar you need.
  • Send a calendar request to the appropriate gmail account.
  • Requests will be reviewed and accepted.
  • If request is not accepted an explanation will be mailed back to the senders email.
  • It is up to the sender to keep the event current and updated.


Ashland Bayfield Dementia Network


Hayward Area Dementia Network


Price County Dementia Network


Dementia Friendly Iron County



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