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Family Caregiver Education Programs

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Family Caregiver Education

Learn about topics of interest to families and friends of those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Free; no registration required unless noted.

Alzheimer's & Dementia: First Steps for Families
Learn about demenita-related diseases, what families can do, and resources to help.

Tuesday, June 11 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Meadowridge Public Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

Monday, June 24 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water St., Prairie du Sac

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Caregiving Journey: Middle Stage Dementia
A four-week program designed to give caregivers insights into their own strengths and challenges as caregivers; enhance coping skills related to caregiving responsibilities; and develop an individualized plan of care. 

Fridays: June 7 - 28 I 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Blackhawk Technical College, 6004 S. County Rd. G, Janesville

Pre-registration and an informational interview required prior to attending. Free onsite respite care available. Contact Dementia Outreach Specialist Teena Monk-Gerber, (608) 313-3335, for details.

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Communication & Emotions in Late Stage
Learn how to communicate with a person in the late stage of dementia and understand their emotions.

Tuesday, May 28 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage

Wednesday, May 29 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wautoma Public Library, 410 W. Main St., Wautoma

Thursday, May 30 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Lester Public Library of Rome, 1157 Rome Center Dr., Nekoosa

Monday, June 3 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Public Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Wednesday, June 5 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hatch Public Library, 111 W. State St., Mauston

Wednesday, June 19 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
ADRC of Marquette County, 428 Underwood Ave., 2nd floor, Montello

Thursday, September 5 I 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit

Wednesday, September 18 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Middleton Public Library - Lower Level, 7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

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Communication Tips & Strategies
Learn ways to effectively and compassionately communicate with someone who has dementia.

Wednesday, July 31 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital & Clinics - Cafeteria
205 Parker Street, Boscobel

Thursday, August 8 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Soldiers Grove Health Services, 101 Sunshine Blvd., Soldiers Grove

Thursday, August 15 I 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
PEAK (formally Platteville Senior Center) 155 W. Lewis St., Platteville

Wednesday, August 28 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Spring Green Community Library, 230 Monroe St., Spring Green

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End of Life and Dementia
Discuss the critical decisions often faced at end of life and learn ways to communicate and stay connected in the later stages.

Tuesday, June 18 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lester Public Library of Rome, 1157 Rome Center Dr., Nekoosa

Tuesday, June 18 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Agrace Hospice Facility, 2901 N. Wright Rd., Janesville

Wednesday, June 26 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wautoma Public Library, 410 W. Main St., Wautoma
Guest presenter: Hometown Hospice & Homecare

Wednesday, July 10 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hatch Public Library, 111 W. State St., Mauston

Wednesday, July 24 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
ADRC of Marquette County, 428 Underwood Ave., 2nd floor, Montello

Monday, October 7 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Public Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Thursday, November 14 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Soldiers Grove Health Services, 101 Sunshine Blvd., Soldiers Grove

Thursday, December 5 I 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit

Tuesday, December 10 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Meadowridge Public Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

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Family Dynamics in the Dementia Journey
Discover ways dementia impacts families and the value of recognizing and accepting each person’s strengths and weaknesses as caregivers.

Thursday, August 1 I 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit

Tuesday, September 24 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital & Clinics - Cafeteria
205 Parker Street, Boscobel

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Is it Time for Facility Care?
Review things to consider when making the decision to move to facility care.

Wednesday, May 22 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
ADRC of Marquette County, 428 Underwood Ave., 2nd floor, Montello

Thursday, May 23 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Adams Community Center, 569 N. Cedar St., Adams

Tuesday, July 23 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Kilbourn Public Library, 620 Elm St., Wisconsin Dells

Tuesday, July 30 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Lester Public Library of Rome, 1157 Rome Center Dr., Nekoosa

Wednesday, August 14 | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Hatch Public Library, 111 W. State St., Mauston

Thursday, August 22 I 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa

Thursday, October 3 I 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit

Thursday, October 17 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Prairie du Chien Memorial Library - Conference Room
125 S. Wacouta Ave., Prairie du Chien

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Legal and Financial Planning Workshop
Receive a general overview of legal and financial issues to consider when planning for the future. Learn about basic estate planning, advance directives, wills/trusts, guardianship, funeral pre-planning, medical assistance, long-term care insurance, and ways to pay for care.

Wednesday, May 22 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
E.D. Locke McFarland Public Library, 5920 Milwaukee St., McFarland
Presenter: Attorney Jeff Clark, Boadman & Clark, LLP
Register online.

Wednesday, June 12 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Marquette County UW - Extension Demo Room 112A
480 Underwood Ave., Montello
Presenter: Attorney Jennifer Koeppl, Koeppl Law Offices
Register online.

Wednesday, September 25 I 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Crossing Rivers Helath, 37868 US HWY 18, Prairie du Chien
Presenter: Attorney John Haslam, Wilson Law Group

Registration requested. Call (608) 232-3400 or (888) 308-6251 to RSVP. Light refreshments and handouts included.

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Making Holidays Meaningful
Learn ways to make the holiday experience meaningful for loved ones with dementia.

Thursday, October 17 I 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
PEAK (formally Platteville Senior Center) 155 W. Lewis St., Platteville

Tuesday, October 22 I 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park Place, 800 Waldo St., Baraboo

Tuesday, November 26 I 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Portage Public Library, 253 E. Edgewater St., Portage

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers
An educational program for family caregivers designed to help them care for themselves while caring for a relative or friend.

Fridays: July 26 - August 30
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Merrill Community Center
1428 Wisconsin Ave., Beloit

No cost. Free on-site respite provided by Brightstar Home Health.
Registration required by July 19. Contact Rock County Council on Aging, (608) 758-8455

Thursdays: August 1 – September 5
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Peace Lutheran Church
335 W. Prairie St., Wautoma

Free; optional Caregiver Helpbook: $20. Registration required.
RSVP by July 30. In-home respite available at no cost. For details and to RSVP contact Kristine Biesenthal, (920) 294-4100.

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Resources & Supports at Each Stage
Understand memory loss, cognitive impairment and dementias, what to do if concerned, and resources and supports available.

Wednesday, July 17 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Middleton Public Library - Lower Level, 7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

Tuesday, October 15 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Meadowridge Public Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

Monday, December 2 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Public Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison

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Safety at Home
Get tips to help you and your loved one stay safely and independently in your own home

Tuesday, August 13 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Meadowridge Public Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

Wednesday, November 20 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Middleton Public Library - Lower Level, 7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton

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Understanding & Responding to Behavior Changes
Understand reasons why behavior changes occur and get problem-solving tips to help prevent and cope with them.

Tuesday, May 21 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Agrace Hospice Facility, 2901 N. Wright Rd., Janesville

Thursday, May 30 | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital & Clinics - Cafeteria
205 Parker Street, Boscobel

Thursday, June 6 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Soldiers Grove Health Services, 101 Sunshine Blvd., Soldiers Grove

Thursday, June 20 | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Prairie du Chien Memorial Library - Conference Room
125 S. Wacouta Ave., Prairie du Chien

Thursday, June 27 I 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
PEAK (formally Platteville Senior Center) 155 W. Lewis St., Platteville

Monday, August 5 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Public Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Tuesday, September 24 I 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Tivoli at Divine Savior, 2805 Hunters Trail, Portage

Thursday, November 7 I 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit

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Programs in the Community

Boost Your Brain Health: Tips to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's & dementia

Current research indicates that lifestyle choices have significant impact on long term brain health. In this program you will learn how the brain works, tips on improving your brain health and how to lower your risk of developing dementia. This program features information about current research, scientifically-rooted nutritional and lifestyle advice as well as fun brain teasers and take home material. Free- no registration necessary unless stated.

There are no programs scheduled at this time.

If you are interested in having this program presented to your office, religious group, community or youth group contact us at
(608) 232-3400 for information.

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Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease & dementia? In this program you will learn the answer to that question as well as what causes dementia and receive practical things you can do, whether you are concerned about yourself, a loved one, or are just interested in helping others who are impacted by memory challenges. Free-no registration necessary unless stated.

There are no programs scheduled at this time.

If you are interested in having this program presented to your office, religious group, community or youth group contact us at
(608) 232-3400 for information.

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We All Forget: Is it normal aging or should I be concerned?

We all forget names occasionally and misplace keys and wallets. Our brain may not seem as sharp as it once was but not all memory glitches signify the start of a progressive disease like Alzheimer’s. With growing awareness of the importance of having memory disorders diagnosed early, come learn what is normal for our brains as we age, how our memories work, and what we can do if we are concerned for ourselves or others. Free-no registration necessary unless stated.

There are no programs scheduled at this time.

If you are interested in having this program presented to your office, religious group, community or youth group contact us at
(608) 232-3400 for information.

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Crossing Bridges

An educational discussion group for people who have mild memory loss, are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their primary care partner.

Crossing Bridges can help people learn coping skills, enhance their family communication, and give some guidance toward developing future plans.

Thursdays: May 2 - May 23
Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 County Rd. Z, Sinsinawa

An informational interview is required prior to attending. Contact Dementia Outreach Specialist Heather Moore, (608) 723-4288.

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