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Descriptions of Aging Programs and Services

Adult Protective Services and Elder Abuse

Elder abuse takes place when a person age sixty or older is the victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, neglect or self-neglect. In Wisconsin, adults-at-risk specialists are typically the first responders to reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Elder Abuse/Adults-at-Risk information and resources.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)

Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.

Benefit Specialist Program

Each county or tribe has a Benefit Specialist trained to help older persons who have problems concerning their private insurance, pension, or government benefits. Benefit Specialists are called "red tape cutters." They help older persons with the paperwork that is required in benefit programs.

Caring for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program responds to the stress and service needs of families caring for someone with an irreversible dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.

Community Options Program (COP):
Home & Community-Based Long Term Care Services

The purpose of the COP program is to keep older people and persons with disabilities out of nursing homes or other institutions and allow them to remain in the community.

Elderly Nutrition Program

Information on meals for older adults provided at home and in a group setting at congregate meal sites.

Family Caregiver Support Program

Family members play an important role in providing care to older people. The Family Caregiver Support Program meets the needs of the spouse or relatives who care for older people.

Foster Grandparents

A program for people with limited income who would like to serve children with special needs.

Information and Assistance

Information and Assistance helps older adults and their families connect with the services they need. County or Tribal Aging Unit staff keep up-to-date information so older residents can learn about available services.

Publications

Publications produced by the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

This is a program that helps people age 55 and older find volunteer opportunities.

Senior Companion Program

This is a program of seniors helping homebound seniors.

Senior Employment Program

The Older American Community Service Employment Program, Title V was designed to help seniors find a job. This program assists applicants who are aged 55 and older and have limited income.

Transportation Services

Older adults and persons with disabilities often need a ride for medical appointments, grocery shopping and other errands. These services vary by community. County or Tribal Aging Unit staff keep up-to-date information.

Last Revised: July 16, 2014