THE JOURNEY OF AGING RESOURCE GUIDE

ALZHEIMER'S & DEMENTIA

Below are resources listed by category. 

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In this section you will find information regarding: this disease, local resources, caregiver programs, support groups, and wandering solutions. Review Safe and Healthy at Home to find assistance in your residence. Facilities offering early stage dementia respite care can provide help too. Check Memory/Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care Facilities to locate long-term care.

CAREGIVER & FAMILY PROGRAMS

Caregiver, educational, and informational programs and resources are listed.
 

ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA ALLIANCE OF WI PROGRAMS 

(608) 232-3400 or (888) 308-6251

alzwisc.org

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: First Steps for Families: Learn about dementia-related diseases, what families can do, and resources to help.

Boost Your Brain Health: Tips to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s & dementia: Learn how the brain works and receive tips on improving your brain health and how to lower your risk of developing dementia through nutritional and lifestyle advice. 

The Caregiving Journey:  An intensive program for family members caring for someone with middle- to late-stage dementia to increase understanding of the effects of dementia, gain insights into caregiver strengths and challenges, enhance problem-solving skills, and develop an individualized care plan.

Communication Tips and Strategies: Learn ways to effectively and compassionately communicate with someone who has dementia.

End of Life and Dementia: Discuss the critical decisions often faced at end of life and ways to communicate and stay connected in the later stages.

Family Dynamics in the Dementia Journey: Discover ways dementia impacts families and the value of recognizing and accepting each person’s strengths and weaknesses as caregivers.

Is it Time for Facility Care?: This program will review things to consider when making the decision to move to facility care.

Legal and Financial Planning Workshop: A seminar for families providing a general overview of legal and financial issues to consider for loved ones with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or other dementia. 

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Learn the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the causes of dementia, and receive practical things you can do, whether you are concerned about yourself or a loved one.

Understanding & Responding to Behavior Changes: Understand reasons why behavior changes occur and get problem-solving tips to help prevent and cope with them.

We All Forget: Is it normal aging or should I be concerned?: We all forget names occasionally and misplace keys and wallets. Learn what is normal for our brains as we age, how our memories work, and what we can do if we are concerned for ourselves or others.

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiving Center

alz.org/care

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS 

(608) 203-8500

alz.org/scwisc 

Basics-Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn more about the basics of dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease. 

Caregiver Stress: Take Care of Yourself: Caregivers will gain a better understanding of the disease, the changes, and how these may affect their caregiving journey. Learn what stress is, how to identify stress, and initiate an action plan to lessen caregiving stress. 

Conversations about Dementia: This program offers helpful tips to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Effective Communication Strategies: This program helps families facing Alzheimer’s explore effective communication strategies by learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language.

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body–Tips from the Latest Research: Learn about research in the area of diet, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement and learn how to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. 

Know The 10 Signs: This interactive workshop identifies the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of early detection. 

Living with Alzheimer’s: For caregivers in early, middle, and late stages, this series of programs provides answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle, and late stages of the disease.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior: This program helps caregivers understand behaviors and determine how to best respond. 

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION E-LEARNING  

alz.org

Educational courses covering what to expect from this disease as well as useful care strategies.

 

ALZHEIMER’S NAVIGATOR®

alzheimersnavigator.org

The Alzheimer’s Association developed this innovative online tool designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers to navigate through the disease. This helps guide you to answers by creating a customized action plan and linking to information, support, and local resources.

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY

To become a dementia-friendly business or organization, the business or organization must commit to certain criteria, including training for management and 50 percent of their front-line employees, being open to discussions regarding environment changes (i.e. lighting, signage, layout, etc.), and undergoing an on-site visit/follow-up training on an annual basis to recertify its dementia-friendly status. For more information, please visit alzwisc.org.

 

COMMON GROUND

(608) 820-1010

commongroundmiddleton.com

 

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY MIDDLETON

(608) 515-8663

facebook.com/dementiafriendlymiddleton

 

HASKINS SHORT & BRINDLEY, LLC

5113 Monona Dr., Monona 53716

(608) 237-6673

receptionist@hsbelderlaw.com

hsbelderlaw.com

Haskins Short & Brindley, LLC specializes in providing professional and compassionate legal services in the areas of estate planning and elder law. Substantial expertise includes powers of attorney, wills, trusts, guardianships, medical assistance planning (Medicaid), veterans benefits assistance, and estate administration (probate).

 

REEDSBURG AREA MEDICAL CENTER

2000 N. Dewey Ave., Reedsburg 53959

(608) 524-6487

cmercer@ramchealth.org

ramchealth.com

Reedsburg Area Medical Center (RAMC) is the third hospital in Wisconsin recognized as Dementia-Friendly. Over 68 percent of RAMC staff have been trained to recognize and assist individuals with dementia and their families. RAMC “Going Beyond the Expected.” For more information about the Dementia-Friendly initiative at RAMC, please contact Tammy Koenecke at (608) 768-6249.

 

WILLY STREET CO-OP

(608) 251-6776 East

(608) 709-5445 North  

(608) 284-7800 West  

willystreet.coop

 

PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEMENTIA ISSUES

 

ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA ALLIANCE OF WISCONSIN

(608) 232-3400 or (888) 308-6251   

alzwisc.org

Memory Cafés: A social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia and their family and friends offering an opportunity to visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. Visit alzwisc.org for locations and times.

Crossing Bridges: Four-week educational support group for people who have mild memory loss, are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, or are a primary care partner.

Meeting Minds: A memory enhancement program for people with mild memory impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementia that includes stimulating activities, intellectual exercises, and tai chi-based exercise. 

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION 

Fitchburg Spry Society Coventry Village Spry Society

bnuttkinson@alz.org

alz.org/scwisc

This is an early-stage social engagement program for people in the early stages of memory loss. The group meets in different places around the area. The Coventry Village Spry Society focuses on brain games, providing a healthy meal, and exercise.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION 
Living with Alzheimer’s Series

(For people with Alzheimer’s)

2820 Walton Commons W., Ste. 132, Madison 53718

(608) 203-8500

bnuttkinson@alz.org

alz.org/scwisc

An interactive, three-part program designed to help people with the disease better understand Alzheimer’s and memory loss.

 

CARE WISCONSIN 

1617 Sherman Ave., Madison 53704 

(800) 963-0035 

carewisc.org

Care Wisconsin offers government-funded programs to frail seniors and adults with disabilities. We match members to the health and long-term care supports and services they need. 

 

O’CONNELL PHARMACY

302 S. Grand Ave., Sun Prairie 53590

(608) 837-5949

stephanie@oconnellpharmacy.com

oconnellpharmacy.com

O’Connell Pharmacy is proud to be a dementia-friendly business that services residents of Sun Prairie and south central Wisconsin. We offer free set up of weekly medboxes and free delivery to assist our customers and their caregivers!

 

VISITING ANGELS

6401 Odana Rd., Ste. 15, Madison 53719

(608) 819-0665

dteske@visitingangels.com

visitingangels.com

Local family-owned business offering flexible, 24-hour care and respite care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our services include  bathing, dressing, and walking assistance; grooming; medication reminders; errands; shopping; light housekeeping; meal preparation; and friendly companionship.

 

SUPPORT SYSTEMS & LOCAL RESOURCES

Visit the Safe & Healthy at Home section to find assistance and respite in your residence.

 

ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA ALLIANCE OF WISCONSIN

3330 University Ave., Ste. 300, Madison 53705

(608) 232-3400 or (888) 308-6251

support@alzwisc.org 

alzwisc.org

The Alzheimer‘s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin provides hope for people facing Alzheimer’s or other dementias through education, support, and personalized guidance to understand the diseases, learn how to continue living a satisfying and rewarding life, and plan for the future. All donations stay local to support individuals and families in Wisconsin.

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

2820 Walton Commons W., Ste. 132, Madison 53718

(608) 203-8500
(800) 272-3900 24hr/365day helpline

bnuttkinson@alz.org

alz.org/scwisc

The Alzheimer‘s Association offers local caregiver support programs, community educational workshops, professional caregiver training opportunities, and care consults with individuals and families. They work in state and national public health advocacy to enhance early detection efforts and Alzheimer’s awareness, and remain active in accelerating progress on new treatments and ultimately seeking a cure for all those affected by this disease. alz.org/scwisc/in_my_community_support.asp.

 

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TRIALMatch®

(800) 272-3900

alz.org/trialmatch

More than 130 research studies pertaining to this disease and other dementias are underway and recruiting volunteers. Here you can find the right one; there is no cost and it’s easy to use.

 

AZURA MEMORY CARE

1221 E. Main St., Stoughton 53589

(608) 873-8333

info@azuramemory.com
azuramemory.com

Azura Memory Care is a trusted provider of specialized memory care homes located throughout Wisconsin. Known as the dementia care experts, Azura’s advanced training and engagement program, MOSAIC, equips their team to understand what is dementia, how to properly approach and communicate with those in their care, and engage them to continue living a high quality of life. Their belief is that everyone deserves personalized care and to experience a MOSAIC of joy every day! 

 

BRIGHTSTAR CARE® 

3240 University Ave., Ste. 3A, Madison 53705

(608) 441-8620 

brightstarcare.com/madison

BrightStar Care is your solution for all stages of dementia care. Whether you need respite, overnights, or round-the-clock care, our team of dementia specialists will work closely with you to create a customized plan of care for your loved one.

 

CROHN’S, COLITIS & IBD SUPPORT GROUP - STOUGHTON HOSPITAL 

This group meets the third Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Contact Marilyn

(608) 873-7928.

 

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP - STOUGHTON HOSPITAL 

This group meets the second Monday at 6:00 p.m. Contact Sonja
(608) 873-2356.

 

HEALING HOMES BY TAUNI

healinghomesbytauni@gmail.com

 

VISITING ANGELS

6401 Odana Rd., Ste. 15, Madison 53719

(608) 819-0665

dteske@visitingangels.com

visitingangels.com

Local family-owned business offering flexible, 24-hour care and respite care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our services include  bathing, dressing, and walking assistance; grooming; medication reminders; errands; shopping; light housekeeping; meal preparation; and friendly companionship.

 

WISCONSIN ALZHEIMER’S INSTITUTE

(608) 263-2862

wai.wisc.edu

 

WANDERING SOLUTIONS

 

MEDICALERT® + ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION SAFE RETURN® 

(888) 572-8566 

medicalert.org/safereturn

This is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service, ideal for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.