Brown County

Dementia Friendly Coalition

 

COVID-19 Resources for People with Dementia and their Caregivers

virtual support

educational opportunities

for the person with dementia

for the caregiver

Get the latest information COVID-19, including number of cases, Governor’s orders, guidance for
health professionals, and more at the official Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 website

May-June Update

Virtual Support

Wisconsin Caregiver Support Groups – Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a combined list of all of their current virtual support groups. Some are standing support groups, and some have been added due to COVID-19. These are some great opportunities to connect with other caregivers!

Click HERE see the full list.

Brown County Specific Men’s & Women’s Virtual Groups
Specific for Brown County caregivers, join this group to connect with others during this time of COVID19. Discuss challenges, successes, and maybe make some friends in the process!

Click HERE for the Men’s Group   Click HERE for the Women’s Group.

Educational Opportunities

Brain Health Webinar Series
Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00pm through mid-June

Join University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators for a series about memory changes and aging, including tips and strategies to lessen everyday forgetfulness. Upcoming topics include: keeping your brain healthy and engaged, maintaining social connections, communication, and more!

Please register HERE (2) days prior to the webinar.

Click HERE to see the full flyer.

Supporting LGBT Elders with Alzheimer’s
Pre-recorded Webinar

In this 1.5 hour pre-recorded webinar, you will highlight the unique challenges of LGBT caregivers, identify strategies for dealing with stigma, social isolation, poverty, health disparities, sexuality, gender expression, and more. Understand generational differences while serving the LGBT community, and learn how to support LGBT people living with Alzheimer’s.

Click HERE to view this webinar.

Discover Brain Health Webinar Series (Thursdays 2-3pm CDT)

Explore the met

For the Person with Dementia

Old Time Radio Apps
Looking to groove to some nostalgic tunes? Install one of these free apps on your phone or tablet to listen to old-time radio shows! Burns and Allen, Abbott & Costello, War of the Worlds, etc. You not only get the radio talk and song styles, these apps also include the commercials of the time as well!

For Apple phones and tablets, click HERE to download the app “OTR Streamer.”

For Android/Google phones and tablets, click HERE to download the app “Old Time Radio Player.”

San Diego Zoo LIVE
Observe and discuss animals at the San Diego Zoo using their live video feeds. Giraffes, elephants, and apes—oh my! Enjoy these live stream videos of what’s happening at this very minute! Choose your favorite animal to watch, or browse through lots of different animals!

Click HERE to get the live cameras!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. Click a story or collection to learn more about a specific exhibit or to see pictures of art from that type of material.

Click HERE to explore The Met!

Archives

For the Person with Dementia (Archives)

Here’s the past activity suggestions to help connect with people with Dementia

Tips & Suggestions to Keep your Loved One Engaged

Staying active and engaged is beneficial for both physical and cognitive health. Some activities have proven to be particularly helpful for those with dementia, such as games, exercise & outdoor activities, music and art, and much more. This website has rounded up 50 tips from caregivers, memory care facilities, dementia experts, and others who have

Click HERE to see tips and activities!

Major League Baseball Guessing Game!

Though we cannot watch America’s pastime on TV, we can still enjoy some games involving the teams. Try to guess the city and name of the MLB team using only the logo. Some are easy, but some are more challenging. (Don’t worry—the answer key is attached!)

Click HERE to get the worksheet!

Libbie’s Sit & Be Fit

For those of you who know Libbie Miller, you know she hosts a weekly (mostly) seated exercise class at the ADRC. She is careful to choose moves that are safe and manageable for most people with arthritis. Exercise can benefit not only caregivers, but those with dementia, too!

Click HERE to get to the Sit & Be Fit YouTube video.

For the Caregiver

Caregiver Action Network: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Video Resource Center
Did you know that there are nearly 15 million family members, friends, and neighbors who care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease? Take comfort in knowing you are not alone by hearing what your fellow caregivers have to say. Sometimes, the best advice for family caregivers comes from those who have walked the path before you. View these videos, specific to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Browse topics including life as a caregiver, staying connected to your loved one, and reaching out for support..

Click HERE to browse the videos.

5-Minute Meditation You Can Do Anywhere
Feeling stressed? Some people do not have time for a full meditation session. However, most of us can take 5 minutes out of our day for some relaxation and self-care. This brief, 5-minute meditation can be done anywhere! When you are feeling overwhelmed, whether in your house, in the car, or anywhere you might be, take 5-minutes to re-center and relax. You deserve it!

Click HERE for the 5-minute video.

Archives

For the Caregiver (archives)

Here you will find the past featured tools for the Dementia Caregiver.

Virtual Powerful Tools for Caregivers

The ADRC of Ozaukee County is hosting an online version of Powerful Tools for Caregivers to be held once weekly on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30pm beginning May 5th. This program is designed to help caregivers care for themselves while caring for a loved one, whether that loved one lives with them or lives in a care facility, and whether they are distant caregivers or are helping a friend or neighbor. To participate, caregivers will need to have access to a computer or iPad and have internet access.

To register, please call the ADRC of Ozaukee County at 262-284-8120.

Click HERE to view the press release for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Whether your loved one is receiving care from you at home, in an assisted living facility, or has agencies coming into their home to provide care, it is important to prepare yourself for protecting your loved one from COVID-19. The Alzheimer’s Association has put together tips on how to keep your loved one safe during this time of COVID-19, however they are receiving care.

Click HERE to read more.

Have an event you want featured?

Do you or your organization have virtual events or support for people with dementia and their caregivers? We want to share it in our weekly newsletter during this COVID-19 pandemic!

Staying connected and supported will help us get through this together!

Email your virtual event or support information to anne.zieglmeier@browncountywi.gov.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to people with dementia and their caregivers during this challenging time!