Everyone here at the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin want to extend our sincere thanks for the ongoing support you have for our agency. We have been working hard to adjust to the circumstances we are all living through right now, so that we can be there to continue to take your calls as well as support you through virtual means until we can all come together again. During this time, we all continue the work from our homes and are available to provide care consultations over the phone. Here are some additional examples of how ADAW continues to support you and meet our mission during these times:
- Noreen Kralapp serving Dane County
Noreen Kralapp, Dementia Outreach Specialist, is connecting with her Meeting of Minds participants with a weekly video meeting, as well as a weekly video support group in Dane County.
- Barbara McKinney serving Dane County
Barbara McKinney, Diversity Coordinator, is answering questions from the African-American community about their risk of COVID-19 and its impacts on those with dementia.
- Janet Wiegel serving Columbia & Sauk Counties
Janet Wiegel, Dementia Outreach Specialist, is offering a virtual support group to link together caregivers by phone and video in Sauk County.
- Kristine Biesenthal serving Green Lake, Marquette & Waushara CountiesKristine Biesenthal, Dementia Outreach Specialist, is staying in contact with the ADRC to help meet the needs of her community in Green Lake County and continues to support their Amish community through their own impact from COVID.
- Nancy Thacker serving Adams & Juneau Counties
Nancy Thacker, Dementia Outreach Specialist, is staying in contact with families and individuals associated with the Memory Clinic in Juneau County and regularly connecting with members of her support group.
- Heather Moore serving Crawford, Grant, Iowa & Lafayette Counties
Heather Moore, Dementia Outreach Specialist, is keeping in contact with the Dementia Care Network to ensure she is meeting the needs of her community. She is also offering two weekly virtual support groups.
- Teena Monk-Gerber serving Green & Rock Counties
Teena Monk-Gerber, Dementia Outreach Specialist, is assisting a gentleman who lives alone in Rock County to make sure he has groceries delivered to him weekly.
- Mary Severson serving Dane County
Mary Severson, AFCSP Respite Program Coordinator, is helping caregivers get the respite funds they so desperately need to continue to have support in their homes during this challenging time.
- Becky Debuhr serving Richland County
Becky Debuhr, Program Director, has been a guest presenter on the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network statewide teleconference and the Dementia Matters podcast offering resources and creative techniques of coping during Safe at Home. She is facilitating a monthly caregiver support group via conference call.
May 5th, Giving TuesdayNow is coming up shortly. If you are able during this time to support us financially, be assured that your donation will continue to help ADAW function as best as we can during these times of social distancing and safer-at-home measures. We know the needs of those we serve do not decrease during this challenging time. If anything, the need is increasing as many caregivers are further isolated and require more help now than ever. We are here if you need us, just a phone call at 888-308-6251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you again for your support and thank you for staying home and staying safe.
The staff of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.