Support Options for People with Dementia
Worried about your memory, having trouble completing tasks at home, or having issues finding the right words in conversation? Having a cognitive screen would be a good start! A cognitive screen is a brief test used to access for changes in memory and cognition, it is not a diagnostic tool. Screenings are free and confidential and available at the Aging & Disability Resource Center or your location of choice. An Options Counselor and/or the Dementia Care Specialist can talk to you on how to proceed with the information gained through the screen
Brain & Body Fitness Program (formerly LEEPS)
Brain & Body Fitness is a program for people in the early to mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This volunteer-led program engages people in regular exercise, language exercises, and social activities and showed people with Alzheimer’s disease who participated in the program experienced improved physical fitness and mood.
As a Brain & Body Fitness Program participant, you will work one-on-one with a trained volunteer to:
Strengthen and improve flexibility, balance, and endurance through exercise
Keep your mind active with language exercises
Spend time in the community doing enjoyable things
Improve your mood and overall fitness
The Brain & Body Group Fitness Program is for people living with dementia and their care partners and is offered twice a year at the Chippewa Valley Museum. YMCA trained staff facilitate the classes:
Classes run January through May and September through December
Twice a week for 1.5 hours
Opportunities in the Community to Keep You Active and Involved
The memory cafes offer a comfortable way for you and your care partner to have fun and socialize with others who have Mild Cognitive Impairment, early to moderate Alzheimer's or other types of dementia, and those who worry about memory problems. You can expect social connections with others having a similar experience, peer support, valuable information and education, a relaxed and stigma-free environment, laughter, fun activities, new friends, and delicious refreshments.
The Cafe meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park.
Early Stage Support Group
If you have been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia can support group is for you! Join peers who understand what you are doing through for support, information, and education. You should be aware of your memory loss, have the ability to share with others and take part in discussion. You and your care partner meet together and then later in separate groups.
The Early Stage Support Group meets the last Wednesday of each month from 1:30-3pm at Lake Street Methodist Church, 337 Lake St. Eau Claire.
Stand in the Light Memory Choir
People in the early to mid-stages of memory loss and their care partners are invited to sing, enjoy music, and socialize with others living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Weekly rehearsals every Thursday, August - November and January- April each year at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd from 9:30-11am, 1120 Cedar St. Eau Claire. For more information, contact Bob at: 414-378-2114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical Memories changes the lives of people living with dementia through personalized music. Designed for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. You will be given an i-pod loaded with your favorite music, a charger, and headphones.
Living Well with Dementia
The YouTube video below is an interview with three individuals living with dementia. The intention of the video is to empower and educate people living with dementia and their care partners, professionals, students, health care providers and more. Judy, Harry and Frank share what it's like to receive a dementia diagnosis, challenges, coping strategies and how to "live well".
You can be connected to research studies that attempt to further understand the causes and possible treatments for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Please inquire with one of our Dementia Care Specialists for more information.