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Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps one of the biggest commitments a person can face. It’s filled with emotional stress and hard work, but it can also be meaningful and rewarding. Sometimes, families can feel isolated and may not know where to turn for help.

The purpose of the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance is to help families cope with all aspects of the disease through information, education, support, and advocacy.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are strategies, therapies, and treatments that can help manage the disease. The Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance can be a guide and a support to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families as they learn about options and begin to plan for the future. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

To see which programs and events are coming up, please visit our calendar page.


Early Stage Support and Education Programs

Memory Cafés

A Memory Café is a social gathering place where individuals with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s, or other dementias, can come together. There are currently seven different cafés that meet monthly to visit, share common interests, and enjoy refreshments. Each monthly café is unique and offers a program or activity that’s fun and chosen by participants’ interests. Family and friends are encouraged to come. If you require assistance to participate, please have someone accompany you.

Crossing Bridges

Crossing Bridges is a 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 and a primary care partner. The overall philosophy of the group is to promote a fulfilled life while living with cognitive change. Sessions take place regularly throughout the year. An interview is required before participating in this group.

Meeting of Minds

Meeting of Minds is a memory enhancement program for people with mild memory impairment that includes stimulating activities, intellectual exercises, and tai chi-based exercise. This program is available to those who have completed the Crossing Bridges program.

Learning Among Friends

After completing Crossing Bridges, there is an opportunity for participants to continue to meet together regularly to discuss topics of their choice and share support.

New Friends

New Friends is a companionship program for health professional students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and persons with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease or related dementias (mentors) to meet one-to-one on an informal basis.

Contact Pat Wilson, Family Support Specialist, at 608.232.3406 or 888.308.6251 for more information on these early stage programs.

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Other Educational Programs

ABC’s of Alzheimer's and Dementia

This program is for families of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder. The sessions include information on medical aspects of dementia, research, effects of dementia on the person, safety, communication, and much more.

Legal and Financial Planning Seminar

A seminar for families that provides a general overview of legal and financial issues to consider for loved ones with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, or another dementia.

Solomon Carter Fuller Memory Screening Day

An annual event to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in communities of color—risk factors, incidence rate, ways to reduce the risk, and steps to take if memory problems occur. It is aimed to raise the comfort level for people in seeking help and put them in contact with organizations like the ADAW, for support, information, education and advocacy. Free and confidential memory screenings are offered.

Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller was the first black psychiatrist in the United States and played a key role in the development of psychiatry in the 1900s. Dr. Carter Fuller also worked closely with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, the namesake of Alzheimer’s disease.

Boost Your Brain Health: Tips to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s & dementia

Current research indicates that lifestyle choices have significant impact on long term brain health. In this program you will learn how the brain works, tips on improving your brain health and how to lower your risk of developing dementia. This program features information about current research, scientifically-rooted nutritional and lifestyle advice as well as fun brain teasers and take come material.

Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease & dementia? In this program you will learn the answer to that question as well as what causes dementia and receive practical things you can do, whether you are concerned about yourself, a loved one, or are just interested in helping others who are impacted by memory challenges.

We All Forget: Is it normal aging or should I be concerned?

We all forget names occasionally and misplace keys and wallets. Our brain may not seem as sharp as it once was but not all memory glitches signify the start of a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s. With growing awareness of the importance of having memory disorders diagnosed early, come 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.

Monthly Family Caregiver Education Program

The Family Caregiver Education series in Dane County will meet monthly beginning in February and will alternate between various locations offering both daytime and evening programs.

The Family Caregiver Education series in Sauk and Columbia Counties will be held at various locations on select Tuesdays throughout the year.

Learn about topics of interest to family and friends of those with dementia like activities, communication, help for caregivers, resources and more. See our education calendar for current topics and locations- no reservations needed.

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Additional Services

Speaker's Bureau

Trained volunteers and professionals are available upon request to speak to community groups and organizations about Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance services and other topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Contact ADAW, 608.232.3400, to learn more.

Advocacy

This active Public Policy Committee and statewide network advocates for policies and programs to assist persons with Alzheimer’s and their care partners before state and federal governments. Anyone interested in participating in advocacy is encouraged to join the network. Contact Rob Gundermann, Public Policy Director, at 608.232.3408.

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Information and resources

Library services

A well-rounded selection of books, videos and brochures for families and professionals are available for check-out at our office on Segoe Rd. during regular weekday hours, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There are also additional books, "mental fitness" cards, bracelets, magnets and more available for purchase.

Quarterly newsletter

We offer a free newsletter mailed or emailed to you four times a year by request. Receive the latest on Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance news, educational programs and events.

Local resource guides

Find information on resources by county (respite, assisted living, nursing homes, etc.). The documents are in PDF format. If you are unable to open a file, please contact our office at 608.232.3400 or 888.308.6251 and we'll be happy to mail you a copy.

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