Community Resources & Support Groups
Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance
517 N. Segoe Road
Family Caregiver Education Series
Join us to learn about topics of interest to families and friends of those
with Alzheimer's or a related dementia on the second Monday of each month.
Monday, December 9th from 5:30-7:00 PM at
Hawthorne Library, 2707 East Washington Avenue
Topic will be: Home safety is more than disabling the stove and removing throw rugs.
Discover ways to look at the home with new eyes
and be proactive about potential hazards.Any questions call 608.232.3400.
Memory Café: First Friday Of Each Month
9:30 - 11:30 AM, Middleton Senior Center - 7448 Hubbard Ave. Middleton
Drop in and join the fun and conversation in a relaxed environment for those
with mild memory loss, mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer's/
dementia. Activities will be chosen by participants; some with the whole
group and some in smaller groups depending on your interests (ex: creative
projects, guest presenters on an array of subjects, music and exercise, storytelling
and simply sharing among friends). Family members and friends are
welcome. If you require help to participate, please bring someone with you.
For information about our organization please call us at 232-3400 or 1-888-308-6251.
Or visit our website: www.alzwisc.org
Agrace HospiceCare Support Groups
Don & Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center
5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison
Agrace HospiceCare offers one Seminar as well as a Discussion Group. Pre-registration is requested.
For more information call: Jennifer Tiedemann, Outreach Coordinator at Agrace HospiceCare 608-327-7201.
All groups are held at Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cherly Parkway, Madison, UNLESS otherwise noted.
Check out our website for all the support groups we offer:
Agrace to Offer Support Opportunities in December:
Two grief supports groups in December which will be held at Agrace, 5395 E.
Cheryl Parkway, Madison.
Bridges Weekly Support Group
This group meets every Wednesday from 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM. This ongoing group is for adults
who are grieving the death of a loved one. Pre-registration is Not required for this group.
Bridges Evening Grief Support Group
A drop-in grief support group for adults who are grieving the death of a loved
one. Registration is not required. This group will be held from 6:00 - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 3rd
and Tuesday, December 10th.
Introduction to Grief
An informative session for adults that offers suggestions on how to navigate the grieving
process and provides information about Agrace HospiceCare grief support groups. This session is available
by appointment ONLY. Call Mary Severson at (608) 327- 7300 to make an appointment.
Agrace HospiceCare Offers Service
to Help Individuals Manage Their Own Care
You may know someone with a chronic or serious illness who's trying to manage
their own care. They would benefit from the coordinated care associated with
hospice, but they're not eligible for hospice services.
Now, Agrace HospiceCare is offering a new service for chronically or seriously ill
people, Agrace Care Navigation. A registered nurse works with participants to
help them manage their pain and symptoms, manage medications, coordinate
health-care appointments, better understand their condition and more. Phone support is provided 24/7.
For people struggling to manage their illness, Agrace Care Navigation can be an
affordable solution. The $150/month subscription fee pays for itself by improving
overall health, reducing costs related to ER visits and hospitalizations, and
providing the participant and family with peace of mind and more time to enjoy together.
If you know someone who might appreciate this service, or for more information
about Agrace Care Navigation, contact John Van Dyke at (608) 327-7281.
A Place for Mom - Madison Senior Housing Lists
A Place for Mom, Inc. is a nationwide information service about
senior living options including: independent living, home care agencies, adult family
homes, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Our role is to provide information
and options that meet a loved one's stated needs and preferences. A Place for Mom, Inc.
has assisted nearly 800.000 families in finding care and housing for their loved ones since it began in 2000.
Today, A Place for Mom is the single largest source of occupancy to the senior care industry.
Our Senior Living Advisors across the country and 110 call center professionals assist over
60,000 families per month with finding senior housing and care options.
A Place for Mom resources are listed on their website:
A Place for Mom.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County (ADRC)
Located at: 2865 North Sherman Avenue, Madison.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County (ADRC) offers free, unbiased
information and assistance on resources and services for older people and adults with
disabilities. The ADRC provides information to all callers regardless of their income,
assets, age, or disability. ADRC staff will help callers identify options, solve current
problems, and plan for the future. The ADRC is open 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM. Monday
through Friday. Contact us at (608) 240-7400. No appointment necessary.
Visit the website at http://www.daneadrc.org or
email us at: ADRC@countyofdane.com
RSVP of Dane County - RSVP Volunteers
This project is for people of any age interested in learning how government
works and how it affects seniors and how seniors can affect it. Participants will
learn how various units of government operate and how they can navigate systems which
are often intimidating and frustrating. Our hope is that after participating, people will be empowered and want to
become more involved in their neighborhoods and communities as advocates.
Gay & Gray Discussion Group
Madison Senior Center
330 W. Mifflin Street
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at 2:00 PM
Senior adults from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. These
are friendly conversations that are informal, open dialogs. LGBT persons, their friends, and families are welcomed. Participants
determine the topics based on current interests; a facilitator attends each meeting.
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP)
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance for heating costs,
electricity costs, and energy crisis situations. Operating with federal and state funding,
the program provides assistance to approximately 225,000 Wisconsin households annually. Whether you
use wood, propane, natural gas, electricity, or fuel oil to heat your home, energy assistance
is available if you qualify.
WHEAP assistance is a one-time payment during the heating season (October 1st - May 15th). The funding pays
a portion of the heating costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost
of heating a residence. The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors,
including the household's size, income, and energy costs. In most cases the energy assistance benefit is paid
directly to the household energy supplier.
Your household may be eligible to receive a payment for non-heating electric energy costs through funding
provided by Wisconsin's Public Benefits. WHEAP electric (non-heating) assistance is a one-time benefit
payment during the heating season (October 1st - May 15th). The funding pays a portion of the household's electrical
(non-heating) costs, but the payment is not intended to cover the entire cost of the non-heating costs.
The amount of the non-heating assistance benefit varies depending on a variety of factors, including the
household's size, income, and non-heating costs. In most cases the non-heating assistance benefit is paid
directly to the household energy supplier.
A household may be eligible for crisis assistance if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice
from the heating vendor, or are nearly out of fuel and do not have the money to purchase more.
Crisis assistance is available through local WHEAP agencies that provide a 24-hour crisis phone number to help
with emergencies that occur after business hours. WHEAP crisis assistance provides both emergency and proactive services.
There are also non-emergency or proactive crisis services that include providing information on how to reduce fuel costs,
counseling on budgeting and money management, providing payments to a fuel supplier, and co-pay agreements.
WHEAP emergency heating system assistance can provide services to eligible home owners if the furnace or boiler stops
operating during the heating season. Heating system assistance includes payment for repairs, or in some situations
your residence may qualify for total replacement of a non-operating furnace or boiler. Call the local energy
assistance office immediately if you are experiencing a no heat situation.
How to Apply:
Your household may be eligible for Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) services based on a number of
factors. If the gross income for your household is less than the amount shown on the following chart, you might
be eligible to receive assistance. Households must complete a Home Energy Plus application through the
local WHEAP agency. For more information on the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) and how to apply,
please call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947), or visit the "Where to Apply" tab on
www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov to find your local energy assistance agency.
FoodShare Wisconsin Information
Receiving FoodShare is like getting an automatic coupon each month! FoodShare could give you monthly deposits
to help with food purchases, freeing up money for bills, medications and other necessities. It's easier than ever to
apply and you can even get free, confidential assistance.
Claiming FoodShare helps your community. The USDA estimates that for every $5 spent in FoodShare benefits,
about $9 circulates through local businesses and to our farmers.
Did you know?
• Even the minimum benefit would give you $192 per year!
• Nearly 30,000 seniors in southwest Wisconsin are NOT claiming their benefits!
• Eligibility is based on income and certain expenses (not
assets), so you can own a home and car and even have a savings account.
• Most people only receiving Social Security and even a small pension are eligible!
• Receiving benefits does NOT take away from others.
EVERYONE who is eligible and applies will get benefits.
If you would like more information about Food Share, or are interested in applying for this
benefit, please contact one of our case managers at 238-7368. Details about
eligibility can be found in our June Newsletter.
You may also contact the Second Harvest's FoodShare Helpline at 1-855-366-3635.
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