Dementia Care Specialist Program

The mission of the Dementia Care Specialist Program is to support people with dementia and their caregivers in order to ensure the highest quality of life possible while living at home. In order to accomplish this mission, the dementia care specialists (DCSs) have four goals:

  • Provide free information and assistance to adults with memory or cognitive concerns, or who have been given a dementia diagnosis.
  • Provide information and support to family members and friends who are caregivers.
  • Help develop dementia-friendly communities where people with dementia can remain active and safe, and caregivers can feel supported.
  • Train other staff at the ADRCs and other county and municipal offices to be dementia-capable.

Upcoming Events:

ADRC/Dementia Events

Evidence-Based Programs:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers- is an educational workshop for people who are taking care of a family member or friend.  PTC is an evidence-based curriculum which means it has been studied and found to have significant positive results for people who take the workshop. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed specifically to support the family caregiver and improve his or her well-being.

PTC is presented in two formats:  2½ hour or 1½ hour sessions that meet once a week for 6 weeks in an easily accessible community setting

Topics include:

Week 1: Taking care of YOU

Week 2: Reducing Personal Stress

Week 3: Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns

Week 4: Communicating Effectively with Others

Week 5: Learning from our Emotions

Week 6: Mastering Caregiving Decisions

DICE- is a process that aims to help caregivers manage the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Many caregivers experience difficulties managing BPSD which can include aggression, wandering, and refusing needed care. The DICE Approach guides caregivers through a process to give context to and identify the possible causes of BPSD. With this better understanding of why behaviors are occurring, the DICE Approach assists caregivers to target the underlying causes of the behaviors and use evidence-based behavioral and environmental strategies to create a custom plan for managing BPSD.

Purple Angel Program

How to Create a Dementia-Friendly Community

  • Provide access to early and accurate diagnosis
  • Deliver educational opportunities to reduce fear and stigma
  • Spread hospitality to all with memory loss and to care partners
  • Offer support and compassion for care partners
  • Recognize dementia as a disability that can be accommodated with patience and kindness
  • Include persons having a dementia and their care partners in planning, presenting, and evaluating programs.

If you are interested in the Purple Angel Awareness training for your business or organization, please contact Rebecca Groleau, Dementia Care Specialist, at or 920-236-1227.

Caregiver Tools:

300 Things To Do

Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers Weekly Planner

Alzheimer's and Dementia Person Centered Symptom Tracker

Alzheimer's Care Comparison Tool

Caregiver Action Network: New Alzheimer's Videos

Caregiver Training Videos

Communication Tips

Dementia Caregiver Training Catalog

Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to People with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions

Lifestyle Recommendations

The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) Diet

Support for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers - A guide on how to care for those with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dementia/Alzheimer's Resources:

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Aging Well - Provides guides for aging well; covering nutrition, memory loss, exercise, sex, sleep, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Monthly Webinars

Fox Valley Memory Project

Health Directive for Dementia

Help Guide

I have Alzheimer's Disease

Lewy Body Dementia Association

National Institute on Aging

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease - What Do We Know?

The Association of Frontal Temporal Dementia

Winnebago Memory Resources

Wisconsin Dementia Care Project Learning Center

Health Care Online & Onsite Trainings

Alzheimer's Association Trainings

Association for Nursing Homes

CARES Online Dementia Care Training, Certification & Credentialing

The Professional Associations Training

Teepa Snow Onsite and Online Trainings

Training for Skilled Nursing Facilities

UW Oshkosh Online Training Courses

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Rebecca Groleau / Dementia Care Specialist

220 Washington Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54903
Phone 1:(877) 886-2372
Phone 2:(920) 236-1227
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