Caregiving and Aging

Young woman hugging her grandmother

The Elder Tree

For Wisconsin citizens aged 55+, this social media site is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. Click here to sign up for free today.

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Comfort Café Now Open in Kewaunee

Comfort Café meets every 3rd Wednesday monthly. Share your stories and socialize with others who are living a similar journey with memory loss.

Where: Amy’s Coffeehouse

406 Milwaukee St., Kewaunee, WI 54216

Dates and Themes:

  • March 15th “Tune Toss”
  • April 19th “Wheel of Fortune”
  • May 17th “Spring Fever”
  • June 21st “Farm Trivia” & Dairy Month sundaes
  • July 19th “Hawaiian Luau”
  • August 16th “Carnival Time”

Comfort Café volunteers also needed to assist with the Café. Time commitment of 2 hours – 1 day per month. Contact Kim Jacquart Franzen or Lydia Fogeltanz at the ADRC at 1-877-416-7083.

Comfort Cafe Flyer

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Caregiver Resource Guide

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore

Contact the ADRC of the Lakeshore for local programs on Caregiving and Aging and to subscribe to the Senior Scene newsletter. Toll free: 877-416-7083 or 920-388-0626.

Classes and Seminars

Caregiver Support Groups

These groups provide a great opportunity for caregivers and family members to share and learn from other experiencing similar frustrations and concerns.  Occasionally, speakers are brought in to provide valuable information and resources.

Kewaunee County Caregiver Support Groups:

  • Early-Stage Support Group:
    Each meeting will host two groups simultaneously in separate meeting rooms:  One group for individuals affected by dementia and/or memory loss (early stage).  One for the family caregivers of individuals affected by dementia.  (Assessment necessary prior to first session.)
    Location
    :  Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore
    810 Lincoln Street, Kewaunee  WI  54216
    Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00AM
    Please RSVP by calling 1-877-416-7083
  • Mug Club (Caregiver Club):
    This is an opportunity for caregivers to meet other caregivers, share their experiences, gain support in providing care for your loved ones and enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
    Location:  St. John’s Lutheran Church
    700 Heritage Road, Luxemburg, WI  54217
    Church Education Wing
    Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30AM
  • Understanding Grief:
    This is a monthly support group for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one.  Topics include common reactions to grief, memories, coping, adjusting to new roles, self-care, traditions and finding hope.
    Location:  Door County Library
    107 S. 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI
    Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 1:30PM
    Location:  Kewaunee Co. Administration Building
    810 Lincoln St, Kewaunee, WI
    Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30PM
    To register or for more information call Unity at 800-990-9249

Resilience

We often hear that people are resilient. They manage to not only get through tough times but end up stronger than they were before their troubles began. When confronting stressful challenges, many do have the capacity to rebound and grow in a way to be better able to meet future challenges.

Learn more about resilience here.

Balancing Work and Family Care of Older Persons

UW-Extension Family Living Programs have developed educational programs, tools and resources.  The following link http://fyi.uwex.edu/balancingcare/home/ will take you to a website that contains tools and resources that will help employed caregivers and their employers.

Employed Caregiver Survey

Click here to visit the Employed Caregiver Survey

In response to the growing number of employed caregivers in the United States, UW-Extension Family Living colleagues from six Wisconsin counties developed the “Employed Family Caregiver Survey.”  The survey helps employers assess how many caregivers they have employed and gives the employer information needed to determine how this affects their organization and what options they might want to consider.  For the employees the survey assists people in identifying themselves as caregivers, categorizes caregiver needs and preferred methods of addressing them.  Overall, the survey helps facilitate the process of balancing work and caregiving for both the employee and the employer. 

Videos on Issues Related to Work and Eldercare

The link provided http://fyi.uwex.edu/balancingcare/2011/09/14/videos-on-issues-related-to-work-and-eldercare/ will take you to the website that contains short videos addressing “employed caregiving” issues related to care given to elderly family members by persons who are also employed.  The primary objective of these videos is to help employers create work environments that are supportive of families and households simultaneously engaged in work and elder care.

New Guide to Alzheimer’s Caregiving from the National Institutes of Health

NIH has come out with an excellent, simple, easy to ready guide for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. It is also comprehensive, from dealing with financial issues through wandering and medical conditions in its 140+ pages.  http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

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