There are resources available to help you or a loved one after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Here’s a list of steps you can take to get started.
Find a Dementia Care Specialist:
In Wisconsin, there are ADRC Dementia Care Specialists in 34 counties to connect caregivers and people living with a dementia diagnosis with resources in their area.
Find a Memory Care clinic:
WAI supports the development of Memory Care clinics throughout the state. Our clinic network has more than 40 clinics in 21 counties, find one near you.
Find local resources:
WAI hosts a resource network connecting dementia care providers and people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia with local resources and information. Find updates about the Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network here.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides programs for caregivers and people with memory loss, support groups, and a 24-hour hotline. Visit the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association website. The free, 24-hour Alzheimer’s Association hotline number is 800-272-3900.
The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (ADAW) offers outreach services in 15 counties. Find information about their programs and the contact information for an ADAW outreach specialist at alzwisc.org.
The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) produces a free podcast about Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia Matters. Stay updated on news from the Wisconsin ADRC by subscribing to their electronic newsletter, and visit their website to learn how to volunteer for a study.
Find a detailed list of state and local services on the WAI Resources page.
Volunteer for Research:
Research is an essential process in developing and testing new medical treatments and interventions. Everything we have learned about memory, memory treatments, and memory disorders is known because someone volunteered for a research study. Learn how to Volunteer for a Study with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center or learn about volunteering for the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP).
Read more about Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and caregiving:
A good place to find information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia and caregiving is the National Institute on Aging.
The WAI Caregivers Resource page is here. We also have compiled a page of resources about Caregiving during COVID-19.
Alzheimers.gov has lists of resources and tips for dementia caregivers.
Are you a long-distance caregiver?
The NIA has a guide for long-distance caregivers.
Read 6 tips for long-distance caregivers
Download the NIA booklet, “Long-Distance Caregiving“