The ADRC of Dane County provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines are not just for kids; adults need to stay current also. Vaccines protect children from many potentially deadly diseases, but they are not just for kids. During National Immunization Awareness Month in August, adults are encouraged to check on their own vaccination history. Advances in medical technology have made vaccines safer and more effective than ever. Unfortunately, an overwhelming percentage of the adult population does not take advantage of these protective vaccines. Diseases that could be wiped out are still lurking, and those who are not immunized are at risk for catching them.

5 Reasons to Update Adult Vaccinations

  1. Protecting yourself from disease can protect your whole community from exposure to a dangerous illness and prevent rare diseases from spreading.
  2. Preventing illness can reduce medical costs and you’ll miss less work.
  3. Vaccines prepare your body to fight disease as it created antibodies to fight exposure.
  4. Older adults can be much more susceptible to disease and find it harder to recover.
  5. Set a good example for your children and protect them from diseases you may encounter.

Immunization for Seniors
Immunization through vaccination is especially important for seniors, who may be more susceptible to catching an illness due to a weakened or fragile physical condition. Even if vaccines were received as a child or as a younger adult, seniors may need one or more vaccinations to help ensure proper immunization. Recommended vaccinations for seniors (age 65 years and older) can prevent:

  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Shingles
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping Cough
  • Pneumonia

By 2025 the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million -- a 40 percent increase from the 5.1. million age 65 and older affected in 2015."
-Alzheimer's Association 2015 Facts & Figures

A diagnosis of dementia can come as a shock. Even if you have been half expecting it, this will be a worrying and upsetting time. It can also be hard for those close to you. You will all need a great deal of reassurance and support. However, there is much that you can do in the early stages that can help to make life easier and more enjoyable, both now and in the future.

Article: Am I losing it? Or is this normal?
We all know the phrase, “use it or lose it.” Many of us begin to worry as we get older that we might be losing it. We forget names, lose things and have trouble keeping up with constantly-changing technology. Sometimes we go into another room in our house and forget why we are there. As we get older , we may worry about our memory, especially when we hear stories in the news about Alzheimer’s disease numbers rising. You may ask yourself it is something to be concerned about. Often times the answer is no. It may very well be normal for your age.
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To support seniors, adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers by providing useful information, assistance and education on community services and long-term care options and by serving as the single entry point for publicly funded long-term care services while at all times respecting the rights, dignity and preference of the individual.
Monday through Friday
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*After-hours appointments are available upon request
Toll-Free: 855-417-6892
Phone: 608-240-7400
Fax: 608-240-7401
2865 N. Sherman Avenue
Northside Town Center
Madison, WI 53704

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RESOURCE WISE is our ADRC quarterly newsletter. This newsletter provides valuable information and timely tips to our Dane County community.

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A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It creates a baseline of where a person is at so future changes can be monitored. Memory Screening can be conducted at the ADRC, or we can visit your home.
Call (608) 240-7400 to schedule a memory screen.