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Education and program calendar

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Family Caregiver Education Programs

Memory Cafes

Community Education

Legal and Financial Planning Seminar

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Memory Loss Workshop


Family Caregiver Education

Learn about topics of interest to families and friends of those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Free; no registration required unless noted.

View full schedule for Dane County monthly education

View full schedule for Columbia/Sauk County monthly education

Dane County

Is it time for facility care?
Review things to consider when making the decision to move to facility care.

Monday, March 12
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

The Caregiving Journey: Middle-Stage Dementia
An education program offering caregivers the opportunity to learn and practice strategies through presentation, group discussion and role playing. Participants will gain insight into strengths and challenges as caregivers; enhance coping skills related to caregiving responsibilities; and develop an individualized plan of care.

Wednesdays, March 7 - March 28
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Madison

Pre-registration and an informational interview required prior to attending. Contact Pat Wilson, 608.232.3406, to learn more.

Alzheimer's & Dementia: resources & supports at each stage
Understand memory loss, cognitive impairment and dementias, what to do if concerned and resources and supports available.

Monday, April 9
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Public Library
2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison

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

Monday, May 14
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

Columbia County

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

Tuesday, February 27
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Columbia County ADRC
2652 Murphy Rd., Portage

Communication tips & strategies
Learn ways to effectively and compassionately communicate with someone who has dementia.

Tuesday, April 24
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Portage Public Library
253 W. Edgewater St., Portage

Sauk County

Safety at home
Get tips to help you and your loved one stay safely and independently in your own home.

Tuesday,March 27
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Reedsburg Public Library
370 Vine St., Reedsburg

Alzheimer's & Dementia: First steps for families
Learn about dementia-related diseases, what famiies can do, and resources to help.

Tuesday, May 29
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park Place
800 Waldo St., Baraboo


Memory Cafés

The goal of the Memory Café is to provide a relaxed environment in which persons with mild cognitive impairment and their family members can enjoy the company of others facing similar challenges and learn, laugh and visit together. Activities are chosen (and sometimes led) by participants; some with the whole group and some in smaller groups depending on interests. Examples include: Tai Chi to improve balance, discussing artwork, creative projects, games, guest presenters on an array of subjects, storytelling and simply sharing among friends.

There is no charge for participation, although donations are welcomed to offset costs. Anyone who requires assistance to participate must be accompanied by someone who can provide that support.

Times and locations may change. Call 608.232.3400 to confirm.

 

Westfield Memory Café

First Wednesday of each month
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Westfield Village Hall
124 E. 3rd St., Westfield

In partnership with the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Marquette County. Contact Janet Wiegel at 608.742.9055 for more information.

Dodgeville Memory Café

First Wednesday of each month
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Stonefield Apartments Community Room
407 East Madison St., Dodgeville 

Contact support@alzwisc.org at 608.232.3400 for more information.

 

Waunakee Memory Café *

First Thursday of each month
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Steeplechase Condominiums Clubhouse
5636 Conway Glen, Waunakee

*Affiliated with ADAW. Hosted by Dementia Friendly Waunakee and Waunakee Senior Center. Call 608.849.8385 or 608.849.8547 for more information.

 

Middleton Memory Café

First Friday of each month
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Captain Bill's Restaurant
2701 Century Harbor Rd, Middleton

Contact Pat Wilson at 608.232.3400 or support@alzwisc.org for more information.

 

Mount Horeb Memory Café *

Second Tuesday of each month
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
310 W. Main St., Mount Horeb

* Affiliated with ADAW. Hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church. Call 608.437.8733 for more information.

 

Platteville Memory Cafe

Second Wednesday of each month
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Park Place Community Room
1015 N. Elm St., Platteville

Sponsored by Park Place Senior Living. Contact Becky DeBuhr at 608.723.4288 for more information.

 

Sun Prairie Neighborhood Memory Café *

Second Thursday of each month
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Colonial Club Senior Center
301 Blankenheim Ln., Sun Prairie

* Affiliated with ADAW. Hosted by the Colonial Club Senior Center. Call 608.837.4611 for more information.

 

Sauk City Memory Café

Third Thursday of each month
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sauk Prairie Community Center
Cafe Connections
730 Monroe St., Sauk City

Contact Janet Wiegel at 608.742.9055 for more information.

 

Portage Memory Café

Fourth Wednesday of each month
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Portage Public Library
253 W. Edgewater St., Portage

Contact Janet Wiegel at 608.742.9055 for more information.

 

Richland Center Memory Café

Fourth Thursday of each month
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Woodman Senior Center
1050 N. Orange St., Richland Center

Contact Becky DeBuhr at 608.723.4288 for more information.

 

DeForest Memory Café *

Fourth Friday of each month
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
DeForest Area Community and Senior Center
505 N. Main St., DeForest

* Affiliated with ADAW. Hosted by the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center. Call 608.846.9469 for more information.

 

Young Onset Memory Café (65 & under) **

Fourth Saturday of each month
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of WI
2nd Floor Conference Room
517 N. Segoe Rd., Madison

** Please contact Pat Wilson at 608.232.3406 or support@alzwisc.org prior to attending.

 

Sinsinawa Memory Café *

Last Thursday of each month
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Sinsinawa Mound Center
585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa

* Affiliated with ADAW. Contact Coni LaBarbera, Pastoral Minister Sinsinawa Dominicans, Inc., at 608.748.4411 Ext. 188.

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Programs in the Community

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. Free- no registration necessary unless stated.

Tuesday, March 20
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Merrill Community Center
1428 Wisconsin Ave. Beloit
Open to the public for those 55 and over.

Tuesday, April 17
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Tender Reflections
4897 Innovation Dr., DeForest

If you are interested in having this program presented to your office, religious group, community or youth group contact us at 608.232.3400 for information.

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Dementia Questions? Ask the experts

Tuesday, April 10
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Walker House
1 Water St., Mineral Point

Dementia: An Overview
Linda Wetzel-Hurley, PhD
Wetzel Hurley is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. Before retiring six years ago she worked as a clinical neuropsychologist for the Veterans Administration for thirty years, twenty-five in Chicago & five in Madison

Caregiver Panel
A panel of family care partners will share how they are facing the challenges of supporting a person with dementia.

Free. Registration requested. Respite care available. Call the ADRC Iowa County office, 608.930.9835, to RSVP and to make respite arrangements.

Offered in partnership with the Aging & Disability Resource Center and the Alzheimer's Association.

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Legal and Financial Planning Seminar

Legal and Financial

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

Tuesday, April 24
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit

Presenter: Attorney Wayne Wilson, Wilson Law Group. RSVP requested. Call 608.232.3400 to RSVP.

View flyer.

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Understanding Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Memory Loss Workshop

Understanding Alzheimer's Workshop

Thursday, March 15
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Fred Lenz Conference Center
1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore

A day-long workshop featuring break-out sessions designed specifically for family caregivers and professionals. Attendees will learn about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and person centered care through informative and interactive presentations. 

Featured presenters include Rachelle L. Blough, Certified Recreational Therapist, Dementia Practitioner and Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), Robert Smith, M.D., The Richland Medical Center and the Geriatric Assessment Clinic, and Sarah Endicott, DNP, UW Madison School of Nursing and Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute.

Additional break-out sessions are offered on aspects of creating a dementia friendly hospital and caring for the caregiver. 
Registration fee is $25 per person; includes breakfast and lunch.

Registration is required. Scholarships are available for family caregivers and respite care is available.

Register online.

Offered in partnership with the Grant County Dementia Care Network.

View printable brochure with detailed information on break-out session.

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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. Free-no registration necessary unless stated.

There are no programs scheduled at this time.

If you are interested in having this program presented to your office, religious group, community or youth group contact us at 608.232.3400 for information.

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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.

Thursday, March 22
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Grant Regional Health Center
New Health Center
507 S. Monroe St., Lancaster

Presented by Dr. Tom Schreiber, Grant Regional Community Clinic, and Becky DeBuhr, ADAW Outreach Specialist.

Seats are limited. Reservations are required. Register online at www.grantregional.com or call 608.723.3223.  

If you are interested in having this program presented to your office, religious group, community or youth group contact us at 608.232.3400 for information.

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Crossing Bridges

A four-week educational discussion group for people who have mild memory loss, are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their primary care partner.

Crossing Bridges can help people learn coping skills, enhance their family communication, and give some guidance toward developing future plans.

For those who complete Crossing Bridges, we offer the Learning Among Friends support group as well as an opportunity to participate in Meeting of Minds.

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