Dementia Care Specialist Program

Dementia Care Specialist Brochure (P-00659) (PDF, 622 KB)

The Dementia Care Specialist Program is embedded within select Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). The program has three goals. The first goal is to support the ADRC staff and county programs to be better prepared, with knowledge and resources, to support individuals with dementia and their families. The second goal is to support the Specialists to act as a catalyst to create a dementia friendly community.  Specialists may work with businesses, employers, local organizations, and the community to raise awareness of the unique needs of individuals with dementia and their families. The third goal is to assist individuals with dementia to remain active and in their homes longer.

The Dementia Care Specialists provide information and assistance about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The Specialists perform memory screens for individuals to determine the need for follow up with their primary physician and other healthcare professionals. The Specialists connect family caregivers with needed assistance and support. The Specialists discuss options for care, long term care options, and assist in making future care plans.

The Dementia Care Specialists also provide opportunities for individuals and family caregivers to participate in evidence-based interventions. Two of these opportunities include the Memory Care Connections and the Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization (LEEPS) programs. The Memory Care Connections program is an evidenced-based program that provides family caregivers with the tools to be successful in providing care for their loved ones. The program has been shown to help families care for loved ones at home an average of 18 months longer than without the support of the program. The LEEPS program is an evidenced-based program that provides opportunities for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or mild dementia to engage in exercise and social opportunities. LEEPS has been shown to help individuals with dementia improve their physical fitness and mood as well as maintain functional ability.

Contact information for Dementia Care Specialists is listed below. If your county does not have a Dementia Care Specialist, your local Aging and Disability Resource Center can help. Contact information for ADRCs is available at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/adrc/index.htm.

Dementia care specialist map

ADRC Contact Information - Dementia Care Specialists

ADRC of the North (Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price and Sawyer)
630 Sanborn Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806
General: 715-682-7004, Toll Free: 866-663-3607
Web: http://www.adrc-n-wi.org

ADRC of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties
335 Monroe Avenue, Room 100
Barron, WI 54812-1572
General: 715-537-6225, Toll free: 888-538-3031
Web: www.adrcconnections.org

ADRC of Brown County
300 S. Adams Street
Green Bay, WI 54301
General: 920-448-4300
Web: http://www.co.brown.wi.us/departments/?department=db50c2508c43

ADRC of Dane County
2865 N. Sherman Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
General: 608-240-7400, Toll Free: 855-417-6892
Web: www.daneadrc.org

ADRC of Dodge County
199 County Road DF, 3rd Floor
Juneau, WI 53039
General: 920-386-3580, Toll Free: 800-924-6407
Web: www.co.dodge.wi.gov/government/departments-e-m/human-services-health-department/aging-and-disability-resource-center

ADRC of Eau Claire County
721 Oxford Avenue, Room 1130
Eau Claire, WI 54703
General: 715-839-4735, Toll Free: 888-338-4636
Web: http://www.co.eau-claire.wi.us/departments/departments-a-k/aging-disability-resource-center

ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin (Grant, Green, Iowa Lafayette)
8820 Hwy 35/61 South
Lancaster, WI 53813
General: 608-723-6113, Toll Free: 877-794-2372
Web: http://adrcswwi.org/

ADRC of Jefferson County
1541 Annex Road
Jefferson, WI 53549
General: 920-674-8734, Toll Free: 866-740-2372
Web: www.jeffersoncountywi.gov

ADRC of Kenosha County
8600 Sheridan Road
Kenosha, WI 53143
General: 262-605-6646, Toll Free: 800-472-8008
Web: http://adrc.kenoshacounty.org

ADRC of the Lakeshore (Kewaunee and Manitowoc)
810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee, WI 54216
General: 920-683-4180, Toll Free: 877-416-7083
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/adrcofthelakeshore/

Aging Resource Center (ARC) of Milwaukee County
1220 W. Vliet Street, Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53205
General: 414-289-6874, Toll Free: 866-229-9695
Web: http://county.milwaukee.gov/ResourceCenter12673.htm

ADRC of Ozaukee County
121 W. Main Street
Port Washington, WI 53704
General: 262-284-8120, Toll Free: 866-537-4261
Web: http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/244/Aging-Disability-Resource-Center-ADRC

ADRC of Portage County
Lincoln Center
1519 Water Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
General: 715-346-1401, Toll Free: 866-920-2525
Web: http://www.co.portage.wi.us/department/aging-disability-resource-center

ADRC of Rock County
1900 Center Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
General: 608-741-3600, Toll Free: 855-741-3600
Web: www.co.rock.wi.us/adrc

ADRC of St. Croix County
1101 Carmichael Road
Hudson, WI 54016
General: 715-381-4360, Toll Free: 800-372-2333
Web: www.sccwi.us/ADRC

ADRC of Waukesha County
500 Riverview Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53188
General: 262-548-7848, Toll Free: 866-677-2372
Web: www.waukeshacounty.gov/adrc

Last Revised: February 13, 2017