the Dementia Support Center in Laramie
The Dementia Support Center in Laramie is part of the Wyoming Center on Aging (WYCOA). Its purpose is to enhance the dementia-capability of the Laramie community through education, and the provision of home and community-based services. They provide evidence-based interventions to meet the specific needs of people with dementia, and their families. Screenings for dementia and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are available as well. These screenings are for those who may have or be at a higher risk for dementia. There are also training opportunities for the Laramie community, including, first responders, health care and service providers. This helps to increase their ability to provide dementia-capable care.
Services provided by the Dementia Support Center:
- TCARE®: Tailored Caregiver Assessment & Referral System. TCARE® consultants identify a caregiver’s risk of stress and burnout and equip family caregivers with the right resources and services. Care plans are tailored for every unique caregiving journey.
- SHARE is an acronym for Support, Health, Activities, Resources, and Education. SHARE is a care-planning program for families facing an early-stage dementia diagnosis.
- Supported Independence: these services are available to people with dementia who are living alone in the community, or who need additional support.
- Dementia capable care of adults with intellectual disabilities and dementia
- Support and family caregiver support for people with intellectual disabilities
- Dementia screening for people with intellectual disabilities
- Community Gatekeepers: training for community members and organizations to help connect at-risk individuals with supports.
- Dementia-capable first responder training
- Caring Companions: these companions provide a few hours of respite each week to caregivers of seniors. PSST if you’re interested in becoming a Caring Companion, contact the Dementia Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307.460.8458.
Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 6-7:00 pm at the Emmaus House, 1819 E Garfield Street.
Free Memory Screenings are offered the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of every month at Wyoming Health Fairs (in Laramie) from 7-10:00 am.
Visit the Dementia Support Center online to learn more about their current and upcoming events!
Here are some interesting facts from the National Institute on Aging, all about Dementia and caregiving…
DID YOU KNOW
- More than 18.5 billion hours of informal care was provided by Alzheimer’s and other dementia caregivers in 2018, that is a contribution valued at nearly $234 billion dollars.
- 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for an older adult.
- Caregivers who provide substantial care are more likely to have physical and emotional health problems.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults.
Are you interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s and/or other dementias? The National Institute on Aging is a great resource for tools and information. Check out their site
tips for caregivers from the:
- Take care of yourself.
- Ask for help.
- Spend time with friends.
- Join a support group in-person or online.
- Take breaks each day.
- Keep up with hobbies.
With that being said if you are in Laramie, and are in need of some support as someone living with Dementia, recently diagnosed, or caring for someone with Dementia, reach out to the Support Center. They are ready and willing to help you in any way they can!
If you are not located in Laramie, that’s ok. At LIV Health we too can help to provide support, services, and counseling for those with Dementia or those caring for a loved one with Dementia.
Our sister company LIV More can help provide respite services for caregivers needing to take some time for themselves!
Make sure to head on over to Facebook and give the Dementia Support Center a like!
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