“Passages” is a unique memory care program designed to support the individual and their loved ones through the transitions experienced as a result of dementia. Specially trained staff meet the person, no matter what stage their illness is in, and assist them in maintaining and retaining individual life skills for as long as possible.
Services are provided in a variety of settings — at home, in the community, and within the St. Paul campus.
The Memory Care Center is a collaborative memory diagnostic clinic between St. Paul Elder Services and the Neuroscience Group and is affiliated with the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. Held each Wednesday and Thursday, at the Neuroscience Group location in Neenah, the “best practice model” is utilized to assess individuals and provide diagnosis, education and support. Individuals will be seen by a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Lisa Kokontis, neurologist, and Kristine Twomey, APNP. Please call the Neuroscience Group at 920.725.9373 to schedule an assessment.
The Hoffman Memory Care Resource Center was added to the St. Paul campus in 2016 in recognition of the need in our community for memory and dementia care resources. The Hoffman Memory Care Resource Center houses St. Paul’s current “Passages” programs and portfolio of memory and dementia care services in one central location, and also features a reference library for community members seeking more information about dementia as well as a dementia-friendly fitness center.
The Memory Café at St. Paul Elder Services is a free social event for individuals with early to moderate memory loss and their loved one, family member, or friend. It is an excellent way to socialize with others, connect to resources in a relaxed atmosphere. The Memory Café (a program of the Fox Valley Memory Project) is held at The Kaukauna Public Library on the second Monday of the month from 2:00 pm-3:30 pm.
Memory Care Support Groups are a vital component for persons to receive valuable information and support. St. Paul Elder Services offers three-specific groups on a monthly basis. All groups meet in the Haen Community Center at St. Paul Elder Services.
- Caregiver Support Group is offered to anyone who has a loved one affected by dementia. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
- Support for Spouses of Individuals with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease is designed for spouses of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory disorders under the age of 65. This group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
The Early Memory Loss Program (Memory Connections) is a program for individuals experiencing early symptoms of memory loss and who are seeking a proactive approach to living with the disease. The program promotes brain and body health through cognitive and physical activities, diet, exercise, education, humor and socialization. The program will be held every Tuesday at St. Paul Elder Services from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and includes a lunch. Daily curriculum varies. There is a fee for this program. Please call 920.766.6188 for additional information and to schedule a pre-participation assessment.