Dementia Care Specialist

Many people with dementia live at home. But dementia can cause challenges—both for people with the condition and their caregivers. Our program for dementia care offers support. Our dementia care specialists work to improve the quality of life for people with the condition who are living at home. They also support caregivers.

What do dementia care specialists do?

Dementia care specialists provide:
  • Free information and support to adults with dementia and their caregivers.
    • Independence. Dementia care specialists can help connect you with things to do in your community so you can stay involved.
    • Memory screenings. Dementia care specialists can perform memory screenings. These are tools to help identify changes to memory and cognition. If the screening shows memory loss, a specialist may refer you to a doctor.
    • Social opportunities. Dementia care specialists can help you find social activities, such as those involving music and art.
    • Care planning assistance. Dementia care specialists can help you with where you are now—and help you plan for the future.
    • Support group connection. Dementia care specialists can connect you with caregiver support groups where you live.
  • Help creating places where people with dementia can remain active and safe.
    • Memory cafés. Dementia care specialists form and support meeting places for those with memory loss and their caregivers. These cafés let people share experiences and connect.
    • Dementia-friendly businesses. Dementia care specialists train businesses to better understand how to support customers with dementia.
    • Coalitions. Dementia care specialists support community groups focused to dementia initiatives.
For more information on the services provided by the DCS or to request a memory screen, please contact the ADRC of Buffalo and Pepin Counties at (866) 578-2372 or check out our Living Well with Dementia Care brochure and Dementia Care Resource Guide for Buffalo and Pepin Counties!


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What else can a Dementia Care Specialist do? 

All kinds of things!

Check out the list below of programs, activities, training, classes and our favorite educators in the field of Dementia and Caregiving!


Memory Café's

What is a Memory Café?
A Memory Café is a gathering where adults can join to share thoughts and experiences. Memory Cafés are for persons who are concerned about memory loss, as well as for those who are interested in promoting life-long learning and engaging in brain-healthy activities.  How can Memory Café's help people with dementia and their caregivers?  Click here to find out!
  • Memory Cafés are great places to engage with others in warm and welcoming environments.
  • Memory Cafés are free and hosted in locations which are easily accessible. Coffee and refreshments are served.
  • Activities planned monthly!                                                             
     January 2023
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     April 2023
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     June 2023
    July 2023
     August 2023
     September 2023 -Rag Rug Crochet with Jackie Schaal
     October 2023
    November 2023
    December 2023
     January 2024 -- cancelled 




The following trainings are free of charge to community members and area businesses. Our DCS can train on topics related to dementia, brain health, caregiver support, and awareness.  Call today to get something scheduled!
Dementia Care Specialist Program of WI
Alzheimer's and the ADRC
Dementia Friends
Dementia 101 (What is Dementia?)
Dementia 201 (Behavioral Symptoms and Positive Interventions) 
Dementia Friendly Businesses/Community Trainings: See Flyer for details                             
Dementia: So Much More Than Memory
Dementia and Dispatch/Law Enforcement


Dementia and Caregiving Educational Videos and sites 

Understanding Alzheimer's in 3 minutes
Dementia 101 Lunch and Learn
Brain Health Lunch and Learn
Caregiver Burnout Lunch and Learn
Dementia Friends
Understanding Frontotemporal Dementia - YouTube- James L. West Center for Dementia Care
Understanding Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), Part 1 | Webinar - YouTube- Alzheimer's San Diego
Understanding Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), Part 2 | Webinar - YouTube- Alzheimer's San Diego
Understanding Dementia (Alzheimer's & Vascular & Frontotemporal & Lewy Body Dementia) - YouTube
What to Expect as Dementia Progresses - YouTube- James L. West Center for Dementia Care
Understanding Vascular Dementia, Stroke, & Depression 8.2.23 - YouTube- James L. West Center
Hospice 101:Everything You Ever Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask - YouTube
Communication & Behavioral Management in Dementia - YouTube
Understanding Rummaging, Wandering, Hoarding & Packing Wandering - YouTube
Reducing Caregiver Stress & Compassion Fatigue - YouTube
Care Partner Self Care & Burnout - YouTube
Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Caregiving


Additional Resources and Training 

Advance Planning for People Living with Dementia  (Updated 2023)
Caregiver Assistance Programs
Trualta-Caregiver education


You can find more informational videos on caregiving and dementia at James L. West Center for Dementia Care - YouTube




Purple Tube Project (PTP)

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Buffalo and Pepin Counties is collaborating with law enforcement, EMS, and our county wide Dementia Friendly Community Network on a new safety program called the Purple Tube Project. It provides first responders with information to assist in wandering or crisis calls involving community members with dementia, autism, or other cognitive impairments that may cause them to have communication barriers. The information provided will assist first responders in better understanding the background of and positive response methods for individuals who are registered. This person-centered approach allows first responders to better serve those registered and their families and increases safety for all involved. 
PTP Mission Statement
PTP Description and Directions
Person Centered Information Tool
Buffalo County Confidential Release of Information
Pepin County Confidential Release of Information
Purple Tube Project Training Video for EMS, FD, PD, Crisis Personnel



Virtual Support for Caregivers   


Grab your lunch and join us for a virtual support and resource group where family caregivers of loved ones living with Dementia can learn and grow and support each other through their caregiver journey. We will have fifteen minute education topics rele-vant to caregiving with the remainder of the hour focused on discussion and conversation to support each other’s caregiving roles. For more information and to register for the Zoom link, call 715-279-7870.

The Third Thursday of the month

 Silver Linings Caregiver Support Group

Caregiving is hard.  Even when you love someone you are caring for a caregiver may experience anger, frustration, grief.  A caregiver support group can act as a positive outlet providing caregivers regular time for social interaction outside of the home. This group offers a safe place where any negative emotions about caregiving can be expressed and validated helping participants feel they are not alone. 
Caregivers can gather ideas on how others deal with the everyday challenges of caring for a loved one during each of the stages of dementia. You may find that you can help others experiencing where you’ve already been. Remember, laughter, taking care of yourself, and planning for the future are essential to well-being.
Call the Dementia Care Specialist at 715-279-7870 for more information!
Call 715-279-7870 for Zoom link!
Time 2:00 P.M TO 3:30 P.M.
Starting November 1, 2023

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (evidence based program)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class series that supports caregivers in taking care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver.  Six classes held once a week are led by experienced class leaders. Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program brochure and history.
Call 715-279-7870 to register!



Caregiver Assistance Programs
Trualta-Caregiver education
Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Caregiving
Advance Planning for People Living with Dementia  (Updated 2023)


 For more information on the services provided by the DCS or to request a memory screen, please contact the ADRC of Buffalo and Pepin Counties

at (866) 578-2372 or 715-279-7870.