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

September 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.

Virtual Educational Opportunities

Got Dementia on the Brain? Legal Planning: Preparing for the Future
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Understand how legal issues may affect a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related diagnosis. Attorney Justin Randall of Hooper Law will speak about advanced directives, durable powers of attorney, living wills, and more! Help prepare for some of the legal matters someone with dementia may face.

Please register HERE or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities and Dementia
Friday, September 25th, 2020

Jody Krainer, MSW, LCSW, MBA will provide an overview of the prevalence of dementia for those living with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). She will also discuss warning signs and strategies to screen for dementia in those living with IDD.

Please register HERE or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800.272.3900.

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

Explore the met

For the Person with Dementia

Memory Camp Art
Create art through exploration and activity! In place of a regularly in-person “Memory Camp,” this year, people with dementia (and their care partners!) are encouraged to create your own found art sculpture. Talk a walk inside your house or in nature in search for items you can make a sculpture out of. Take 2 photos—one of just the artwork and a second with you (the artist) included! Photos and videos will be presented virtually on September 10th at 1:00pm.

All photos should be submitted to garyglaznerpoet@gmail.com.

Click HERE to learn more about the Memory Camp Found Art Project.

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.

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!

For the Caregiver

Decoding Dementia:

Brainstorming Creative Solutions & Managing Difficult Behaviors

Virtual Series, Wednesdays, Sept 9 – Oct, 14th from 3:00 – 4:00pm

What is your loved one with dementia communicating through behavior? This small group will allow you to connect with others in similar caregiving roles and brainstorm creative solutions to your loved one’s behavioral symptoms using a simple tool called the “DICE Method.” This series is interactive, personalized, and hands-on..

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

Click HERE to register online or call the ADRC at 920-448-4300

Improving Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia Care through Health Literacy

Tuesday, September 22nd from 1:00-2:30

Caregivers and professionals are invited to this 90-minute virtual workshop using Zoom. Learn techniques to improve your communication and interactions with those who have dementia. Learn how to help those with dementia better understand health information, which can improve overall health and well-being.

Click HERE to see the flyer. To register, all the ADRC of Florence County at 715-528-4890 by September 8th.

 

Calling to Caregivers: Share Your Story

Submissions due November 1th, 2020

Have you ever wanted to share your caregiving thoughts or experiences to support other family caregivers? Thanks to a generous donation from the Aline Zerrenner Dementia Friendly Fund, we are looking for submissions from Wisconsin Family Caregivers who care for a loved one with a memory related diagnosis. Submissions are due November 15, 2020 and will be published in a book titled, “A Not So Lonely Journey” in March 2021.

Contact FamilyCaregiversRock@outlook.com for the full details.

Learn more about Family Caregivers Rock (non-profit organization) at familycaregiversrock.org.

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.

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.

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!