Resources for Patients & Caregivers

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Local agencies and organizations

Aging and Disability Resource Centers — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services runs ADRCs across the state, which provide accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. Find a Wisconsin ADRC close to you. In Dane County: (608) 240-7400.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin — A nonprofit organization specifically designed to provide a link to resources for people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias. Its mission is to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as provide a quality life for the person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Search the Alliance's list of Support Groups. (608) 232-3405

Alzheimer’s Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter — Serves nine counties in Wisconsin. It provides reliable information and care consultation, creates supportive services for families, increases funding for dementia research, and influences public policy changes. Search the association's list of Support Groups. (608) 203-8500

Area Agency on Aging — A Dane County service for adults 60 and over or their families that provides access to services that help seniors stay in their homes. (608) 261-9930

University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute on Aging — An organization that studies the biology of aging, clinical geriatrics, life-span development, and social gerontology. (608) 262-1818

Sharing Active Independent Lives (S.A.I.L.) — A membership organization for people 55+ that provides a wide array of services to help people stay independent. (608) 230-4321

Silver Alerts — A statewide system administered through the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to notify the public that an adult with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other permanent cognitive impairment is missing. Sign up for email, text, or fax alerts.

Download the Wisconsin ADRC's Community Resource Guide for Dementia Patients and Caregivers. It offers a list of resources available in and around Madison, Wisconsin.

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Online Caregiver Resources

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center — A program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), this site offers information concerning Alzheimer's disease for health professionals, people with AD and their families, and the public.

Aging Parents and Elder Care — Resources and information for caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers that provides information, education, services and advocacy.

The Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at the UW-Madison School of Nursing offers a series of training videos in its Dementia Friendly Toolkit, developed to build communication and advocacy skills to respectfully engage people living with dementia.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers online training for family caregivers.