ADRC August 2022

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Assistive Technology Can Help You as a Caregiver! Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources

AUGUST 2022 AGING & DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER [ADRC] 721 Oxford Avenue, Room 1130 Eau Claire WI 54703

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (715) 839-4735 1-888-338-4636 tty: use Relay (711)


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The life of a caregiver can be incredibly busy. When your loved one needs help with daily living tasks such as dressing, grooming, walking and eating, a lot of time and energy is consumed on these tasks alone. Add to that doctor’s appointments, medication management, housekeeping, grocery shopping, cooking and laundry and you wonder how to get it all done. And it’s nice to share some quality time with your loved one, not to mention taking care of your own needs! When there are so many things to do, assistance of any kind makes the day go smoother. Asking friends, relatives and neighbors for help is one great solution, another way of making your caregiving tasks more manageable is using Assistive Technology. Assistive technology is an item, piece of equipment, or product that helps a person do an activity that they might not otherwise be able to do. One example is using a weighted fork for a person with tremors. When using regular silverware, the person might need to be fed, but the weighted fork reduces the tremors allowing them to eat on their own. Not only can assistive technology make completing tasks easier for the caregiver but also allows the person being cared for to do things more independently which can be important to the person’s mental health. There are many assistive devices that can help people complete daily living tasks independently. Some things are as simple as sticky-backed foam dots marking the wash cycle on the washing machine knob. Others are larger pieces of equipment like a raised toilet seat.

ADRC Mission Statement To help people age 60+ and adults living with disabilities secure needed services or benefits, live with dignity and security, and achieve maximum independence and quality of life.

Helping people become aware of the assistive technology devices that are available is a challenge. Some are common items, like a long-handled reacher, back brush and a jar opener. But there are a lot of very innovative products that you have likely never heard of. Continued on page 3

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The Eau Claire ADRC Team ACCOUNTANT Kelli Weiss


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATES Carmelita Hogan Heather Craker

MANAGEMENT Linda Struck, Director Betsy Henck, ADRC Manager Lisa Riley, ADRC Manager Sheryl Sadzewicz, Kitchen Manager

ADRC VAN DRIVER Dave Okas COOKS Aaron Pritzl Gilda Halbleib Karen Mittag Sara Sedahl

MEAL DELIVERY DRIVER Doug Salter Gordy Geurink Kris Bertrand Norm Brunkow Sue Klauck


PREVENTION COORDINATOR Deb Bruning RESOURCE SPECIALISTS Anna Jacobson Lindi Engedal Maddie Kettner



OPTIONS COUNSELORS Andrea Reischel Brianna Werner Dawnelle Ender Jenna Belter Jennifer Solfest Liz Nett Molly Yang Sue O’Branovich

ADRCs: Help for Older Adults and Adults Living with Disabilities If you have questions about services as you age or live with a disability, your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) can help. The ADRC provides information on a variety of programs & services, and can connect you with resources in your area, including: Adaptive equipment

Housing options

Caregiver support

Housekeeping and chore services

Long-term care programs

Wellness programs

Safety updates to the home

Transportation options

In-home care

Dementia care services

Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security

Health, nutrition, and home-delivery meal programs

Aging and Disability Resource Center Board Stella Pagonis, County Board (Chair) Sue Miller, Citizen Member (Vice Chair) Heather Deluka, County Board Tami Schraufnagel, County Board

Thomas Vue, County Board Amanda Babb, County Board Jean Doty, Citizen Member Audrey Nelson, Citizen Member

Sandra Romey, Citizen Member Bruce Schafer, Citizen Member Dan Sipl, Citizen Member


ADRC Nutrition Advisory Subcommittee Vacancy

ADRC Equity Statement: The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County is welcoming and safe for all. We are committed to serving with equity in mind. No judgement, assumptions or shame. There are no income requirements to utilize the services of the ADRC. ADRC's assist anyone age 60 and over, as well as adults age18-59 living with disabilities. ADRC services are also available to family members, friends, caregivers and professionals working with these populations.

If you belong to a group served by the ADRC or are a family member, guardian or other advocate and have interest in Nutritional Services for aging individuals please consider applying for the vacant ADRC Nutrition Advisory Council position. The NAC is made up of 11 members that reflect the ethnic and economic diversity of the geographic area served by the ADRC. For more information and the application, visit the Eau Claire County webpage: Hover over “Our Government” and click on Boards, Commissions & Councils; or contact Samantha Kraegenbrink at 715-839-5106 for a paper application and more information.

Adaptive Equipment (cont. from the front page) Here are a few examples of assistive technology that can help with different areas of need:

MOBILITY/TRANSFERRING Swivel seat cushion Furniture risers Ceiling mounted pole EATING Plate guard Weighted forks Forks with grips COOKING

Suction cup brushes Rocking T knife BATHING/DRESSING Sock aid Transfer bench to be able to continue using tub even if stepping over ledge is difficult or unsafe. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT Talking pill dispenser and/or medication alarm

RECREATION Lighted magnifying glass Extra-large playing cards Pocket talker (hearing amplifier) GENERAL SAFETY Lining a hallway with rope lights for nighttime visibility WANDERING PREVENTION Door posters Door alarms Adaptive doorknobs If you are interested in exploring how assistive technology might help you, contact your ADRC for more information. Assistive technology may be just the thing you need to make your role as a caregiver a little easier.


COVID Tests for people who are blind or have low vision

Testing is a critical part of the fight against COVID-19, but some people who are blind or have low vision face barriers using many of the COVID-19 tests on the market. A new initiative was announced in June to expand the availability of testing options that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. How to get the tests: Order online at https:// accessible or by calling 1-800232-0233. Each order will include 2 rapid -antigen tests that are more accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Orders will ship free, while supplies last. What's needed to use the tests: To use the tests, you must: Have a compatible Bluetoothenabled smartphone. Download and install a free app from the Apple App Store (for

iOS) or Google Play Store (for Android). What makes the tests more accessible: The test works with the app to provide: Audio step-by-step instructions for administering the test. Audio test results. Who should order these tests: Because of limited supply, we ask that you only order the more accessible tests if you do not have other options for using the standard COVID-19 tests, such as: Receiving help from a household member, family, or trusted friend (in person, or through video platforms like FaceTime or Zoom), or using assistive technology, such as AIRA or Be My Eyes, to help you take the test and obtain results. Need more assistance? The trained staff at the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) can provide additional assistance with: Ordering tests, understanding instructions for test administration and test results, providing alternative

instructions for traditional athome tests for people who are unable to access, read, or understand the manufacturer’s version. For those who cannot use an at-home test, DIAL operators can: Assist with ordering “swab and send” kits to collect a sample and mail it back for results. Connect callers to local organizations for assistance locating other testing options in their community, including in-home testing programs or transportation or companion support to visit a communitybased testing site. Call 888-677-1199 MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern) or email DIAL@usaginganddisab Information from:

ADRC SERVICE SPOTLIGHT The goal of the ADRC is to empower individuals to make informed choices and to streamline access to the right and appropriate services and supports. ADRCs provide a central source of reliable and objective information about a broad range of programs and services. They help people understand and evaluate the various options available to them. By enabling people to find resources in their communities and make informed decisions about long-term care, ADRCs help people conserve their personal resources, maintain selfsufficiency and delay or prevent the need for potentially expensive long-term care. ADRCs also serve as the single access point for publicly funded long-term care programs which includes Family Care and IRIS. ADRC services are available to older adults and people with disabilities regardless of income and regardless of the person’s eligibility for publicly funded long-term care. ADRC services are also available to families, friends, caregivers and others who work with or care about older people or people with disabilities.


GARDEN DONATIONS ACCEPTED Attention gardeners, do you wish there was a place you could donate your extra garden produce? The Senior Nutrition Program kitchen would love to have it. Please drop off your clean fruits, vegetables and herbs to the Fall Creek Kitchen: 344 W. Lincoln Ave, Fall Creek or ADRC Office: 721 Oxford Ave Rm 1130, Eau Claire Mon-Fri 8:00-3:00 PM. The beautiful produce will be used in menus for Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels.

Thank you and happy gardening!

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August 2022 Meals on Wheels & Congregate Dining Site Menu St. John’s Apts | 815 Chapin Street, Eau Claire| Mon– Fri Serve Time: 11:15 am | 715-839-4886 Augusta Senior Center | 616 W Washington St, Augusta | Mon– Fri Serve Time: 11:30 am | 715-286-2953 Fairchild Community Center | 121 Farmer St, Fairchild | Every Wednesday Serve Time: 12:00 pm | 715-839-4886 All meals are served with 1% milk. Meals subject to change without notice due to difficulty with supply chain.

Home Delivered Participants: Make any cancellations or changes by 1pm, one business day before. Congregate Dining Site Participants: Make your meal reservations by 1pm, one business day before. Monday





1 Creamed Chicken Over Biscuits* with Mixed Veggies^ California Blend^ Fruit Juice*

2 Herbed Pork Chop Roasted Pork Gravy* Mashed Potatoes* Steamed Spinach Fruited Jell-O with Whipped Topping*

3 Honey Chicken Wings Hearty Potato and Egg Potato Salad* Baked Beans* W/G Dinner Roll* Snickerdoodle Cookie*

4 Beef Stroganoff With Mushrooms over Egg Noodles* Green Beans w/ Bacon Banana Cream Pie Bars*

5 Tuna Sandwich with Cranberries W/G Bun* Romaine/Tomato Greek Side Salad with Vinaigrette Fresh Fruit^

8 Smoked Salmon Omelet with Chives & Cheddar Breakfast Potatoes* Grilled Asparagus Strawberry w/ White Chocolate Muffin* 15 Roasted Turkey Yukon Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy Steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower W/G Dinner Roll* Fresh Fruit*

9 Bacon and Cheddar Casserole w/Pasta* Steamed Broccoli Breadstick* Fresh Fruit*

10 Baked Honey Ham Au Gratin Potatoes* Steamed Carrots* Butter & Egg Roll* Apple/Blueberry Crisp*

12 Mushroom & Swiss Burger with Pickles W/G Bun* BBQ Baked Beans* Pasta Salad* Applesauce^

16 Baked Cod with Lemon Butter Sauce Baked Potatoes* Sour Cream Green & Wax Beans W/G Dinner Roll* Pineapple Chunks

17 Dijon Pork and Asparagus Sauté Mashed Potatoes* Baked Beans* W/G Bread* Cranberry Fluff*

11 Smoked Kielbasa with Apple Rosemary & Garlic Potato Bites* Coleslaw W/G Dinner Roll* Chocolate Pudding w/ Oreo Crumbles* 18 Fresh Fruit and Cottage Chz Salad Romaine w/Tomato Cukes, Pineapple, Red Grape, Strawberry Cheese Cubes Cantaloupe/French Croutons* Blueberry Muffin*

22 Brat and Kraut W/G Bun* Mashed Garlic Red Potatoes* Bean Medley* Fresh Fruit*

23 Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms & Savory Wine Sauce Brown Rice* Caprese Salad with Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil w/Balsamic Brownies* 30 Bean & Frank Casserole* Southern Biscuit* Warm Apple Slices^ Yogurt

24 Sloppy Joe Sand W/G Bun* Cheddar Slice Roasted Red Potatoes* Steamed Corn* Fresh Watermelon

25 Chicken Nuggets Yukon Mashed Potatoes* Chicken Gravy^ Carrot Coins* Pineapple Upside Down Cake*

26 Potato and Ham Casserole* Steakhouse Spinach Corn Bread* Fruit Juice^

29 Hamburger Steak with Onion & Gravy^ Whipped Potatoes* Green Beans Butter & Egg Roll* Fresh Fruit^

31 Ham & Cheese Sub W/G Sub Bun * Tomato, Cukes, Mayo Veggie Pasta Salad M & M Cookie*

Note: The signs indicate the number of carbs in a meal. ^ = ½ carb * = 1 carb *^ = 1 ½ carb (W/G = wholegrain)

19 Harvest Chicken Casserole with Sweet Potatoes* and Brussel Sprouts/Cranberries Peas and Carrots* Breadstick* Fresh Fruit^

Wednesday Salads (meal sites only) 8/3: Waldorf Salad 8/10: Tuna w/fresh greens 8/17: Fresh fruit w/ cottage cheese 8/24: Chef Salad 8/31: BLT Salad


SENIOR CONGREGATE DINING: August The following meal sites are now open for sit down dining:

 Augusta Senior & Community Center (lunch)

 Fairchild Community Center (lunch)

 LE Phillips Senior Center (2 evenings/month)

 St. John’s Apartments (lunch) ¨ Grab and Go Meals are being discontinued effective 8/1/22. Congregate Dining remains open for sit down dining.

Augusta Senior Center Monday-Friday at 11:30 am call 715-286-2953 to make your reservation by noon the previous day. St. John’s Apartments Monday-Friday at 11am; call 715-839-4886 to make your reservation by 1:00 the day prior. Fairchild Community Center Every Wednesday at 12:00pm; call 715-839-4886 to make your reservation by the Tuesday before at 1:00 PM.

¨ Wednesday’s Salads (listed on menu) are only available to Congregate Dining Sites.

LE Phillips Senior Center Evening Meal Please call the ADRC office by the Friday before at 3:00 PM to make your reservation. Meals are available on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm.

Tuesday August 9th, 2022 Roasted Pork, Potato Pancakes, Applesauce, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Dessert Tuesday August 23rd, 2022 Baked Cod with Lemon Caper Sauce, Yukon Potatoes, Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Bread, Dessert

Effective 8/1/22 Grab and Go meals will NO LONGER be an option for Congregate Dining. All meals must be eaten at the meal site. If you have any questions or if this creates a hardship for you please contact the ADRC at 715-839-4735 to see if you are eligible for Meals on Wheels.

NEMT stands for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation. NEMT is an important benefit for Medicaid and Badgercare+ members who need to get to and from medical services but have no means of transportation. It is required by federal law to use the least costly type of ride to get you to your appointment based on your needs. This could include bus tickets or gas for your car. If you cannot ride a bus and you are not able to use your own car, a ride with the best type of vehicle based on your medical and transportation needs will be scheduled. Rides may use a specialized medical vehicle or another type of vehicle. You may be required to share a ride with another rider during the trip to your appointment. Veyo took over as Wisconsin’s NEMT Manager in November 2021 from MTM. It has recently been announced that MTM and Veyo will be merging their companies. Details are still being worked out and announced. Service will continue and the phone number to schedule remains 866-907-1493.


What is Congregate Dining? (Senior Dining)

Congregate Dining offers a nutritious meal and an opportunity to socialize with others, make new friends and connect with old friends. This meal is served in a public setting in various locations throughout Eau Claire County and is eaten together at the meal site. Eligibility requirements: Individuals 60 years old and older and their spouses. Registration form filled out on-site initially and annually. Donation requests: Suggested donation rate is $4.00/meal or as generously as you can offer. Evening Meal at L.E. Phillips Senior Center requests $5.00/meal. SNAP/Quest cards are accepted. All contributions are confidential/voluntary. No eligible person will be denied a meal based on their ability to donate. If you are interested in signing up for Congregate Dining please check our newsletter, website or contact the ADRC at 715-839-4886 to learn about the locations and times for serving. Reservations are required one business day prior to meal service. What is Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels delivers hot, ready to eat meals to homebound seniors in Eau Claire County. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday around lunchtime mostly by volunteers. Meals follow the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provide a minimum of 1/3rd of the dietary reference intakes for older adults. Wellness check provided to each participant with meal delivery, emergency contacts are contacted if unable to complete wellness check. Eligibility Requirements: Must live in Eau Claire County. Individuals 60 years old and older and their spouses. Must be homebound due to health reasons or unable to physically prepare nutritious meals on your own. Annual Assessment completed by ADRC staff in-home to determine eligibility. Donation Requests: Suggested donation rate is $4.00/meal or as generously as you can offer. SNAP/Quest cards are accepted. All contributions are confidential and voluntary. No eligible person will be denied a meal based on their ability to donate. To see if you qualify or to learn more about Meals on Wheels contact the ADRC at 715-839-4735.

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ADRC VAN SCHEDULE AUGUST 2022 The ADRC van has room for one wheelchair and 3 additional individuals for no cost trips. The van is available for seniors 60+ and adults living with a disability in Eau Claire County. Contact Dave, Transportation Coordinator to schedule at 715-225-0975. Priority given to individuals who live rurally. Monday




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VEHICLE MODIFICATION GRANT AVAILABLE Do you have a vehicle that needs modifications for accessibility? Are you short on the funds to pay for the work to be completed? Contact the ADRC at 715-839-4735, we may be able to help pay for those modifications. The Vehicle Modification Grant has money available, up to $5,000, to make a vehicle accessible for caregivers, adults over the age of 60 or adults (1859) that have a disability. Applications are reviewed and granted based on funding availability. Must be an Eau Claire County Resident to qualify.


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Aging & Disability Resource Center Elder Benefit Specialists present free seminars open to anyone new to Medicare OR currently on Medicare. Caregivers and family members welcome. Register at or call The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County 715-839-4735 • 1-888-338-4636 tty: use Relay (711)

August Presentations: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:00 am (Government Center Room 1277)

Examples of possible modifications: lifts, ramps, left foot accelerator, right hand turn signal, modified-effort steering, swivel seat…and so much more! *Vehicle Repair Grant has exhausted its funding at this time, funding for accessibility modifications only.

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NEW CAREGIVER OUTREACH PROGRAM AARP Wisconsin, along with 211/ United Way of Wisconsin, is offering a new service to provide support to caregivers over the phone. The arrangement allows people providing care for a family member to talk one-on-one with a trained caregiving specialist who can offer supportive listening, referrals to other resources for help, and followup calls. The calls also present a confidential safe space to talk about the highs and lows of caregiving. In each call, the specialist checks on how the caregiver and the loved one are doing and discusses any needed support.

2022 Senior Farmers Market Vouchers The Aging & Disability Resource Center began distributing a limited supply of Senior Farmer’s Market vouchers in June 2022 at local Farmer’s Markets. Eligible seniors can receive $25 in vouchers to be used at any approved Farmer’s Market vendor in the state of Wisconsin. The vouchers can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally through October 31st 2022. One $25 voucher packet per household. To be eligible to receive the vouchers in Eau Claire County you must be: • A resident of Eau Claire County • 60 years of age or older or 55 years of age or older if Native American • Meet specific income guidelines

Call us at 715-839-4735 to see if there are any left or stop into our office Monday-Friday 8-4:30

The Caregiver Support program is free to any Wisconsin resident who takes care of an adult. To learn more or sign up, call 211 or 877-947-2211 or fill out this form yourself: https:// Once submitted, a 211 Outreach Specialist will reach out to the caregiver to complete an intake appointment. Please expect a call within 3 days of your submission. If you would like assistance please call 833572-1599 to speak with an outreach specialist.



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Financial Planning for People with Dementia: What the Caregiver Needs to Do

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An imperative for a caregiver of a person with dementia is planning ahead and financial planning is high on the list. As soon as memory loss is certain, steps must be taken to ensure the wishes of the person are known and followed. Immediacy is important because decisions must be made before mental incapacity is legally and medically determined. A call to the County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) will avail caretakers of much information. Initial stages of memory loss are often confusing because of the person’s change of mood, denial of a problem, and refusal to cooperate. It is not unusual for the caregiver to need to work around those challenges by seeking professional help alone. Examine and update financial arrangements. Review the will, living trust, and advance care directives. The Alzheimer’s Association has a legal and financial worksheet for assets, income, expenses, and legal documents that will help any caregiver easily summarize information on a few sheets of paper. At search financial planning. On the next page to pop up click on the financial and legal document worksheet. A durable power of attorney should be made while the person is able to make decisions. Doing so after a medical diagnosis quickly becomes more complicated. Get help. An attorney, banker, and financial planner will help guide the caregiver in decisionmaking. Gather copies of all legal and financial papers and put them in a secure place. The person with dementia may not know what the papers are or their importance and hide or destroy them. All caregivers will eventually have to seek professional advice without the person with dementia knowing because that person can no longer understand what is happening. When memory loss is recognized it’s time to begin preparing. Waiting is courting disaster. Your county ADRC will help on what will be a long, complicated journey.

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ADRC Prevention and Health Promotion Workshops REGISTER at least one week prior: Call the ADRC at 715-839-4735 or go to

Webex Meet & Greet (virtual). Learn how to get connected to Webex video conferencing to participate in interactive workshops, presentations, or meetings. In this one-hour interactive session, you will learn how to: • Join meeting on your browser or install App WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. • Mute/unmute your microphone WHERE: Via Webex; participants will receive further info by • Change view option • Use the Chat feature email before the event. • Practice brainstorming ——————————————————————————————————————————————————

StrongBodies Information Session for new participants (virtual and phone conference) Strength training is especially important as we age. Being physically active and socially connected are both essential for health and well-being. The StrongBodies program provides a safe environment for older adults to improve both strength and balance with a fun group of peers. Learn more in this free orientation and sign up for classes starting in October. WHEN: Thursday, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m./ September 1, 2022 WHERE: Via Webex; participants will receive further information by email or mail before the event. —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stepping On Falls Prevention (in person). Can help you avoid a dangerous and costly fall so you can keep doing the things you love to do. In just 7 weeks, you will learn: strength and balance exercises you can adapt to your individual level; to identify and remove or avoid fall hazards inside and outside your how; how vision, hearing, medication, and footwear affect your risk of falling and what you can do to minimize these risks; and how to get back on your fear the right way if you do fall. WHEN: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m./ Sept 13 - Nov 1, 2022 (no class October 18). WHERE: Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W Grand Avenue, Eau Claire. —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Stand Up & Move More (telephone conference). The couch may be comfy, but spending too much time sitting is bad for your health. It is time to Stand Up & Move More! Research shows that excessive sedentary behavior (or 'sitting time') has been linked to serious health consequences. The Stand Up & Move More program gives you strategies to do just that - stand up and move more! The program is designed specifically for older adults who sit more than six hours per day. You’ll learn in a group with peers and help each other identify strategies to stand up more often and for longer periods of time throughout the day. Stand Up has been researched and proven to reduce sitting time by 68 minutes per day. WHEN: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m./ Sept 28 - Oct 19 + Nov 16, 2022 WHERE: Telephone conference (No computer or internet needed). —————————————————————————————————————————————————— Healthy Living with Diabetes (in person). Designed for adults of all ages who have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or who live with someone who does. Learn how to manage the condition through 14 selfmanagement tools. Topics include healthy eating and nutrition: food label reading and meal planning, relaxation techniques, fitness for exercise and fun, feedback and problem-solving, stress and depression management, short-term goal setting, communicating with friends, family, and your medical team. Meets weekly for 6 weeks, plus optional class with a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. WHEN: Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m./ Sept 13 - Oct 25, 2022 WHERE: Eau Claire County Courthouse, 721 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire.

CAREGIVER CAFÉ: August 2nd The caregiver café is an informal gathering place where caregivers can drop in, relax and connect with others while enjoying a cup of coffee/tea and delicious pastries. An ADRC staff person is available to provide information and assistance regarding resources available in our community. Everything is provided, just show up! What Can You Expect?

Social connection with others

Peer Support

An informal and relaxed environment

Reduced Stress


Contact the ADRC if respite is needed.

MEMORY CAFE: August 9th

It’s time to get moving with the Goggins! Dave and Karen Goggin own a dance studio and will “show and tell” on a few of their favorite dances. Wear comfortable clothing as there will be a time to get up and get dancing!

Refreshments sponsored by Visiting Angels For more information, contact Lisa Wells, at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, 715-839-4750 or

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For more information and program flyer, check out the ADRC calendar events at Coffee Group for Men Connections and coffee for men caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia. Wednesdays, 8/3 and 8/17, 11:00 am - Noon Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore, Eau Claire For more information, contact Bob at 414-378-2114 or Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group This support group is for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Caregivers welcome. Wednesday, 8/31, 1:30 - 3:00 pm Lake St. Methodist Church, 337 Lake Street, Eau Claire For more information, contact Lisa at 715-839-4750 or Lewy Body Dementia Support Group This support group is for people caring for a person living with Lewy Body Dementia. Wednesday, 8/10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Porter Place, 914 Porter Avenue, Eau Claire For more information contact Janell at or Amy at Memory Café It’s time to get moving with the Goggins! Dave and Karen Goggin own a dance studio and will “show and tell” on a few of their favorite dances. Wear comfortable clothing as there will be a time to get up and get dancing! Tuesday, 8/9, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Chippewa Valley Museum. 1204 E. Half Moon Drive, Eau Claire For more information, contact Lisa at 715-839-4750 or Stand in the Light Memory Choir People in the early to midstages of memory loss, their care partners, and singing volunteers come together to share their love of music! Thursdays, 8/16 - 11/17, 9:45 - 11:00 am Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar Street, Eau Claire For more information, call 715-210-4165 or

Fridays, August 5 and August 26, 2022 10:00 - 11:30 am Dove Healthcare - West. Community Room, 1405 Truax Blvd, EC August 5: Gut-Brain Connection Kristie Gering, MD, Spero Wellness Clinic. Do you experience brain fog, anxiety, blue mood, and /or irritability? Believe it or not, addressing the gut, may help those problems. The gut and the brain are intimately connected. For every single message coming from the brain down to the gut, there are 100 messages going up from the gut to the brain. If we can heal the gut, then often our brains will work better. Better mood, focus, and effortless thinking can be a result! Learn about the 5R Program and a few other tips and tricks to treat leaky gut and more. August 26: It’s A Wrap! Lisa Wells, MA, Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. Another year of better brain health! Let’s pull it altogether and discuss key learning points from each webinar and put it into practice! In this webinar you will also have an opportunity to help “brainstorm” and plan for our 2023 brain health series. No registration necessary. For more information contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715-839-4735 or

Questions about brain health/memory screen, dementia, and/or caring for a person with dementia? Contact Lisa Wells, Dementia Care Specialist, at the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715-839-4750 or

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Are you prepared? Water is life! Here are some facts and tips about water and how it can help you in a disaster situation. You may have heard the old adage: A person can live 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. In a disaster situation, access to safe drinking water is one of the highest predictors of survivability. The average adult male needs about 15.5 cups or 1 gallon of water per day. The average adult female needs about 11.5 cups or 3/4 of a gallon of water per day. The amount of water needed increases if you are active, experiencing extreme heat, or have a dehydrating health condition.

How much water? : Store about 1 gallon per person (and pet) for at least 3 days. Household of 2 adults and one dog should have at least 9 gallons of water stored.

Location: Store water in a cool dry place.

Rotate: Try to rotate water every 6 months (try doing this when the clocks change for daylight savings!)

In what form should I store my water? : water can be stored in many ways, some folks will opt for 1 gallon jugs, others will use large water storage tanks, and others will store individual water bottles. Do whatever makes sense for your storage space and budget! recommends that each household stores several days of clean, sealed drinking water in their home so in the event of a disaster that affects our access to water, we can make it through safely!

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2818 Augusta Street • 840 W. MacArthur St. 841 Richard Drive

Stein Boulevard & Steven Lane Augusta Street

• One bedroom HUD Section 8 rental assisted apartments for persons 62+ or persons with handicap or disability • One bedroom apartments with range & refrigerator. • Rent: 30% of monthly adjusted income including all utilities except telephone and cable T.V.

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Jeff Sauter 715-577-2641 888-880-5505

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MEDICARE COMPUTER CLASS: August 10 & September 14 Are you new to Medicare or on Medicare and want to learn more about how to navigate the web site? If you answered, yes, then join this class with a Benefit Specialist from the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Bring your own device or use the computers available at L.E. Phillips Senior Center. The focus of this class will be to assist you in creating a username and password for a account. Space is limited to 8 people.

Classes will take place in the computer room at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center.

Register at or call the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 10:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am

715-839-4735 • 1-888-338-4636 tty: use Relay (711)

care for a lifetime Dr. Kristin Severson is a Board Certified Geriatrician Specializing in the Care of the Elderly

Diagnosing and treating age-related health conditions. Offers counseling to help prevent and manage health issues that can arise later in life including memory loss, falls, frailty, and incontinence. Assisting in managing multiple medical issues such as memory loss, incontinence, Parkinson’s disease, falls, arthritis, or polypharmacy. Help to maximize function and improve Quality of Life as one ages. Dr. Severson will also provide counseling to patients wishing to discuss end of life decisions.


PATIenTS welcome

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