Caregiver Support & Programs

Support for People Living with Dementia

Businesses & The Community

Brain Health & Wellness

Education & Resources

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Living Well With Dementia

May 2023

Caregiver Support & Programs

Sometimes, just knowing you are not alone can make all the difference in the world.

Get connected to others who understand.

Click here for a list of local support group offerings!

4 Tips to help you say "No" with confidence

Caregiver burnout is real. Something that contributes to the stress is that many caregivers have a hard time saying no. Whether it’s someone asking for help with their own caregiving responsibilities, a friend expecting their attendance at an event, or a boss asking them to work late, caregivers are often sympathetic to the needs of others and can neglect their own.

But when a caregiver constantly puts others above themselves, they risk the real repercussions of stretching themselves too thin, and could fall ill or face other physical or mental health issues themselves. Even though it’s hard to say no when presented with a request from a friend, family member or acquaintance, caregivers should ask themselves whether this request for their time is really necessary or if it’s something that can wait, be postponed or declined.

Here are four tips that help caregivers think about their own well-being before saying yes to everyone and everything.

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Two Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes!

Open to Everyone!

Upcoming Virtual Classes

Held over 6 weeks, The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, improve communication, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help caregivers to choose tools and put them into action.

Thursdays - May 4th - June 8th

from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Registration is required. Class space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Karen Tennyson at

608-741-3615 or or contact Tonya Runyard at 920-675-4035 or

Thursdays - May 4th - June 8th

from 6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Registration is required. Class space is limited. For more information or to register, contact Melissa at 608-297-3148 or the La Crosse County ADRC at 1-800-500-3910 or 608-785-5700

Support for Those Living with Dementia

State Dementia Plan Summits: Registration Open

Wisconsin State Dementia Plan Summit Webinar

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is excited to invite you to the 2024-2028 State Dementia Plan Summits, which will be held in-person and virtually this summer. Please join organizations and caregivers from around the state as we strategize how to improve dementia care during the next five years. During each of these summits, we will seek your input on:

1) What you think we should emphasize in the next State Dementia Plan;

and for those interested

2) What you see as your role in implementing the Plan.

Please register to reserve your spot at one of the Dementia Plan Summits:

May 21, 10:00 am, Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells

June 9, 10:00 am, Virtual Summit, Zoom

June 14, 12:00 pm, Virtual Summit, Zoom


For information on the current 2019-2023 State Dementia Plan,

please go to  

For more information or need assistance registering, please call the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Sawyer County at 1 866-663-3607.

Thank you for being part of the State Dementia Plan community from the North Woods!

Ashland & Bayfield Counties

Click the button below to learn more about the ongoing programs available to those living with dementia in Ashland and Bayfield Counties!

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Alzheimer's Association Support Groups 

What is an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group? A support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Meetings typically take place monthly, and are always free, and are open to the public. 

Click Here for Support Group Listings! 

Businesses & the Community


Congratulations to our newest 'Dementia Friendly' businesses & organizations!

Washburn Ambulance Service - Washburn, WI

Thank you for your commitment & dedication to serve our communities!

Click on the links below to view the Dementia Friendly Organizations within our counties!

Ashland County

Bayfield County





Sawyer County

Brain Health & Wellness

Six Pillars of Brain Health

In 2023, the American Society on Aging recognizes 6 important pillars of

brain health:

  1. Be Social
  2. Engage Your Brain
  3. Manage Stress
  4. Ongoing Exercise
  5. Restorative Sleep
  6. Eat right

Click on the button below to learn more about each of these pillars and how you can keep your brain healthy!

Click here to learn more: American Society on Aging

Reminder: annual screenings are a great way to take care of yourself as a caregiver!

Education & Resources

Looking for More?

With all of the information out there, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. When you are ready to learn more, click on the link below to read helpful information from past newsletters!

Click here for a list of Resources from Past Newsletters! 

Alzheimer's Association

National Institute on Aging

Dementia Care in Wisconsin

ADRC of the North

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Connect with Us.

Call the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the North at:


And ask to speak to a Dementia Care Specialist

Your Dementia Care Specialists:

Providing confidential and no cost services to individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals in Ashland, Bayfield, Iron, Price, and Sawyer Counties.

Ellie Webb


Ashland & Bayfield Counties

Joanie Zecherle 


Sawyer County

Sawyer County Dementia & Caregiver Network Facebook 

Shea O'Rourke


Iron & Price Counties