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Caregiver Resources

At United Community Center, we understand that caregiving for an older adult living with Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia has unique challenges. We are here to help!

Our professionally trained and compassionate staff are here to help support you and your loved one's individual needs. 

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The Latino Geriatric Center Memory Clinic located at United Community Center invites you to participate in our educational sessions for Spanish speaking individuals caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. The program, Fortaleciendo Familias, consists of four 1 hour educational sessions over 4 weeks in Spanish via Zoom. 

Learn More and Register Here

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Resources for Youth Caregivers

Did you know that we offer a special training session for youth ages 8 -19? During this fun and interactive session, our staff will explain what Alzheimer's disease is, and walk through what living with Alzheimer's looks like so youth may better understand how to interact with their loved ones living with a dementia related illness. 

The Puzzle of Alzheimer's and My Loved One
Saturday July 9th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
United Community Center
*Lunch will be provided

Learn More and Register Here

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Additional Resources for Caregivers

Do you have concerns regarding your or your loved ones memory loss or behavioral changes? The webinars below, give an overview of what signs to look for if you are concerned that you or a loved one may be displaying symptoms of Dementia.  Our team is here for you.

UCC is proud to provide the only Spanish speaking Memory Clinic in Southeastern Wisconsin We provide free initial memory screenings virtually and in-person at our clinic.

Our goal is to increase awareness of the importance of early detection in order to improve the quality of life of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other related Dementias. For more information click on the links below. 

Overview of services: 
  1. Free initial memory screen in Spanish completed virtually or at our clinic
  2. Diagnostic services and treatment recommendation by the neurologist 
  3. Assistance, through the Alzheimer’s Association, in finding community resources and connecting patients with them
  4. Family caregiver training for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, “Fortaleciendo Familias”
  5. Caregiver training program for Latino youth as caregivers
  6. Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) to learn more about what it is like for your loved one to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia
  7. Care consultations in Spanish by the Alzheimer’s Association representative, either via phone or in person, to aid families in the care of their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia

 

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of symptoms in the brain when it is affected by certain diseases and/or conditions. With Dementia there is a noted decline in thinking abilities to the degree that it interferes with a person’s day to day function.

What causes Dementia?

Dementia can be caused by various diseases and conditions. Some irreversible deteriorative diseases include but are not limited to Alzheimer’s disease. If detected early some conditions that may cause a decline in cognitive thinking such as: depression, adverse drug effects, sleep apnea, and hypothyroidism, can be reversible.

Why is it important to seek help when a concern arises?

It is very important to identify the actual cause of dementia in order to provide the most appropriate care. As previously mentioned, in some cases it can be reversible and the person may be able to return to their previous abilities if they are diagnosed and treated earlier in the disease. Also, earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias may help people make sense of what is occurring with the person affected. It also allows the families and the patient to plan for the future and improve the quality of life/care.

How can we help?

We are the only Spanish speaking Memory Clinic in Southeastern Wisconsin of whom complete free initial memory screens virtually or in the clinic. The initial screen is completed by a bilingual registered nurse and social worker. Depending on the results of the initial screen there will be a referral to see the neurologist, affiliated with UCC through Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, in the clinic. During the appointment with the neurologist they will provide the patient and the family with a diagnosis as well as recommendations for the patients primary care physician to follow. The neurologist will also provide a recommendation for the family to meet with the a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association, who will be present during the medical doctor appointment. The Alzheimer’s Association representative will provide the patient and the family with education on the disease and will inform the families of other community resources available to aid with the plan of care. This will help to improve the quality of life of the patient and aid with reducing the risk of caregiver burn out.

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