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!
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!
September 2023 -Rag Rug Crochet with Jackie Schaal
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 and Caregiving Educational Videos and sites
Additional Resources and Training
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.
Virtual Support for Caregivers