Memory Disorders Support & Education
When families care for a loved one with a memory disorder, they need ongoing support and information. The social worker and nurses in the Memory Disorders Program are available to assist with information on community resources, respite care, residential options, counseling and legal/financial planning.
Family members may contact the program nurses or social worker between visits with questions or concerns.
A support group for caregivers (family members and others) of people with memory disorders meets regularly at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Twice a year, the Memory Disorders Program offers a dementia education program for people with a newly diagnosed family member. The program is presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Wisconsin Chapter.
Brain Tissue Analysis
While a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is accurate about 90 percent of the time, the only definitive way to confirm the diagnosis is after death. Family members may request an autopsy of a loved one’s brain tissue to confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.