Dementia Care Specialist

Program Contact


Sarah Prohuska


The Dementia Care Specialist (

DCS

) assists  individuals and families living with dementia, memory loss or cognitive changes to continue to be active and independent as long as possible in the community.  

DCS

offers a variety of services for:
  • Anyone who is experiencing changes in their memory, thinking, or communication abilities or providing support and assistance to someone who is experiencing these changes.  

DCS

can provide consultation for individuals and their support systems to: 

  • Assess your situation, discuss your concerns and offer considerations in order to best care plan for your future.
  • Provide education and expectations about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias and how these diseases may progress over time.  
  • Discuss strategies to help reduce stress.
  • Assist you in accessing community resources and supportive services.
  • Caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed by multiple demands on their time.
  • People with early memory loss changes who are interested in being proactive to remain as healthy and independent as possible.
  • Volunteers who are interested in assisting people with cognitive changes.
  • Business wo realize their employees need to improve their skills for interacting and communicating with people living with dementia.  Ask about Dementia Friendly Business Training!
Action steps Dementia Friendly Ozaukee County 

Memory Screening

Memory Screens are a free wellness tool to identify possible changes in your memory and cognition.  They can be used as brain health check-up, provide a baseline of where a person is today and to monitor for changes in the future.


Music and Memory Program

The Music and Memory Program is an exciting program for people experiencing Alzheimer's or another dementia.  It uses music to enhance someone's memory, mood and communication. 
 

Community Connections

EFFECTIVE May 18, 2020  ALL MEMORY CAFES WILL BE OFFERED VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - Please call the ADRC at 262-284-8120 for more information and to register.  

Memory Cafe

This is a monthly community gathering for those individuals living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early stages Alzheimer's or other dementia and their spouse, adult child, sibling or friend who supports them with these issues.  The cafe allows participants to relax and enjoy themselves with no need to explain anything to others.  It's a form of respite from the worries and stressors that can accompany memory loss.  The cafe has also served as a catalyst for new friendships to form among the participants.  
   
Virtual Riveredge Nature Center(Click Here for a full list of dates.)

Meets the first Thursday of each month from 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Register -  please call the ADRC at 262-284-8120 to register


Virtual Monarch Memory Cafe
 (Click Here for a full list of dates and locations.)

Meets the 3rd Monday of every month from 1 - 2:30 PM
Register -  please call the ADRC at 262-284-8120 to register


The support groups are not meeting in person but virtual support groups are available.  



Support Groups 

Tri-County Dementia Caregiver Support Group
1st Wednesday of the month from 1 - 2 pm
Facilitator: Sarah Prohuska  
Please call to register 414-289-6259 or email dcs@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Alzheimer's Association support groups link


​CURRENTLY ALL CAREGIVER CONNECTION COFFEES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


The Caregiver Connection of Ozaukee County Caregiver Coffees:

Caregivers need time to relax, regroup and find caring compassionate people on a similar journey.  Our coffee break time is informal, so come for a few minutes or the entire time to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, cookies and chat.  Join us!  Follow this link for the latest listing of dates and locations.  

Upcoming Events:
Keep checking back for updates.