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 on the COVID-19 vaccines, where you can get a vaccine, frequently asked questions, and state vaccine data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 website

April Update

Online Support Groups (ongoing)

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 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 more information on how to join! 

For the Person with Dementia

NWTC Memory Café at the Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, June 8th from 1:00 – 3:00pm *RSVP REQUIRED

2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI 54303

Come join in the fun as we honor our men, wear our red, white & blue, celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day together. We plan to play outdoor games, enjoying the summer solstice and our last Café together before summer break. We will meet in the upstairs east side indoor/outdoor room.

To RSVP for either of these Memory Cafes, please contact Connie Roberts at 920-412-9960 or e-mail:  croberts@curativeconnections.org

Combined Memory Café and SPARK! at the Neville Public Museum
Tuesday, June 15th from 10:00am – 12:00pm *RSVP REQUIRED

210 Museum Pl, Green Bay, WI 54303

The Brown County Memory Café is partnering up with the SPARK! program for this event. We’ll start with our usual welcome time, introductions & social snack time before taking part in a brain game & video. Even though the museum is closed to the public…we will be able to enjoy a free guided tour of the new Generations Gallery — which showcases their collection of over 1 million artifacts. There is no museum membership or cost required to attend with a caregiver.

To RSVP for either of these Memory Cafes, please contact Connie Roberts at 920-412-9960 or e-mail:  croberts@curativeconnections.org

Click HERE to register for Explore Spring Gardens (virtual)

For the Caregiver

Take Your Oxygen First While Caring for Older Adults

Pre-recorded Webinar

Join Dr. Jamie Huysman as he focuses on the mental health of family caregivers. The overwhelming stress we feel as caregivers can develop into serious health issues, both mentally and physically, which can prevent caregivers from leading a fulfilling life. Mental health and these issues are finally being more normalized. Begin the authentic path necessary to start trusting ourselves and the healing process.

To view the pre-recorded presentation, click HERE

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.

Online Educational Opportunities

Healthy Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Nutrition in Action

Friday, June 18th from 9:30 – 11:30am

Join Dr. Michelle Braun, a national leader in the field of brain health, to learn about science-based, motivational strategies to boost memory through diet and nutrition. Dr. Braun has worked for 15 years as a clinical neuropsychologist in hospitals and academia. She is the author of the book High Octane Brain: 5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s. Attendees will hear about mindful eating and creative options for integrating healthy foods into their diets

To register, click HERE. For questions, contact Bonnie Nuttkinson at 608.265.0407 or email bnuttkin@medicine.wisc.edu

Got Dementia on the Brain? Healthy Living for your Brain & Body

Wednesday, June 23rd from 1:00 – 2:30am

Join in to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Keep your brain and body healthy! Also learn about dementia specific resources and services in Brown County!

To register, click HERE or call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900

Make a Life Book!

A Life Book, sometimes called a Memory Book, can be helpful in not only documenting your life’s journey and your most important accomplishments and memories, but it can serve as a tool to help you reminisce and bring up positive memories over time. Many Life Books start at the beginning of your life, for example, with a picture of you as a baby or of the house you grew up in. Life Books can contain photos of people, homes, events, etc. that have impacted you. It can also contain certificates, awards, degrees, and anything else you are proud of! Think of this as a scrapbook of your life’s journey! Enlist the help of family and friends if you need!

See this VIDEO of Jennifer talking about how her life book helps with her dementia

Need some inspiration? HERE is a list of possible things to include in your Life Book to get started!

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!

Creating a Life Book/Memory Book

A Life Book, sometimes called a Memory Book, can be helpful in not only documenting your life’s journey and your most important accomplishments and memories, but it can serve as a tool to help you reminisce and bring up positive memories over time. Many Life Books start at the beginning of your life, for example, with a picture of you as a baby or of the house you grew up in. Life Books can contain photos of people, homes, events, etc. that have impacted you. It can also contain certificates, awards, degrees, and anything else you are proud of! Think of this as a scrapbook of your life’s journey! Enlist the help of family and friends if you need!

See this VIDEO of Jennifer talking about how her life book helps with her dementia

Need some inspiration? HERE is a list of possible things to include in your Life Book to get started!

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!