Your local aging and disability resource center (ADRC) is the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability.
One challenge some community members may find a local ADRC office can provide additional information for is dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Other types of dementia include Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal, and Vascular.
5 Key Messages
• Dementia is not a normal part of aging.
• Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
• Dementia is not just about having memory problems.
• It is possible to have a good quality of life with dementia.
• There’s more to the person than the dementia.
If you have any questions about this information please contact your local ADRC.
ADRCs are friendly, welcoming places where you can go for information about aging or living with a disability, whether you are looking for yourself, or you are a concerned family member or friend, or a professional working with issues related to aging or disabilities.
The ADRC provides information on a broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long-term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly funded long-term care.
These services can be provided at the ADRC, by telephone, or through a home visit, whichever is more convenient to you.
The ADRC can connect you to resources about:
- In-home personal care and nursing
- Housing options
- Housekeeping and chore services
- Home modifications
- Adaptive equipment
- Health, nutrition, and home-delivered meal programs
- Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
- Caregiver supports and respite
To find the nearest ADRC visit: https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx
Aging and Disability Resource Center – Walworth County
Aging and Disability Resource Center- Jefferson County
Dementia Friends Wisconsin is a program of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of Wisconsin. www.wai.wisc.edu/dementiafriendswi
Wisconsin Department of Health Services ADRC Consumer Page. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/adrc/index.htm