Located in every county and tribe in the state, Wisconsin's Family Caregiver Support Programs provide information and assistance to help people better care for their loved ones – and themselves. Whether arranging for services (e.g., respite care, transportation, etc) or helping families understand their options for care, Family Caregiver Support Programs give caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding – sometimes challenging – role of caregiver.
and friends who care for:
* a person age 60 and over; or
* a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder regardless of age.
Programs also assist grandparents or relative caregivers 55 years of age and older who:
* care for children under age 19, or
* care for a relative with a disability who is 19 to 59 years of age
Wisconsin's Family Caregiver Support Programs are part of a much larger system of support for older people and their families in the state. The Wisconsin Aging Network is an alliance of program and service providers – funded through the Older Americans Act – who are dedicated to ensuring that older people in Wisconsin live independently and age with dignity. Made up of several state associations of professionals serving older people, the aging network provides a forum for advocacy, sharing best practices, and problem-solving. Members include:
The Wisconsin Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A) is made up of three area agencies on aging -- the Area Agency on Aging of Dane County, the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources. W4A advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans. The area agencies on aging are responsible for funding, coordinating and monitoring the older adult services that are provided by county and tribal aging offices throughout Wisconsin.
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