Get Help to Live Independently and Stretch Your Money at Your Local ADRC

Contact us for a free, confidential consultation to get unbiased information about local resources for individuals ages 60 + and adults with disabilities. Your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) staff knows how to help you find what you need to make decisions about independent living and your quality of life. 

Confidentially-at no cost, with no pressure. You make the decisions. 

Local Information, Personal Choice 

Review our comprehensive resources directories or set up a personal consultation to help find out what makes sense for you. Choose what you need to stay as independent as possible, as long as possible, while stretching your dollars as far as possible. Learn about options including: 
  • Healthy living 
  • Getting rides 
  • Benefit eligibility
Looking for programs or services outside Barron, Rusk or Washburn County? Find your local ADRC

You're Welcome Here

We welcome everyone to the ADRC, regardless of race, age, color, national origin, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or socioeconomic, marital or military status. Your ADRC respects the diversity of our customers, employees, and communities.


Aging Mastery Program Kicks Off in March in Ladysmith and Spooner!

Baby boomers and older adults are invited to attend Aging Mastery Program’s (AMP) fun, engaging classes! During the 10-week course you’ll track yourself to earn incentives and rewards. At the end, you’ll have a new groups of friends and graduate as an AMP alumnus!

As part of AMP, you’ll make and maintain small but important changes in aspects of three key parts of your life:

  • Physical Health
  • Financial Health 
  • Life Enrichment
Attendees will receive $75 scholarships, bringing the $100 per person cost down to $25.00. Reference materials are supplied, and a light snack will be served. To register or for more information, contact Peggy Schmidt at
715-537-6225 or More scholarships may be available. 

Will Changes to Medicaid Affect You?

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are discussing making big changes to Medicaid. These changes could happen quickly and will change the amount of money Wisconsin gets to pay for Medicaid programs like Family Care, IRIS, BadgerCare, Children’s Long Term Supports, SeniorCare, Community Recovery Services, Comprehensive Community Services and many more!

Contact your lawmakers and tell them what changes to Medicaid would mean for people with disabilities, their families and their care providers.

To learn more about the potential changes and find out if they impact you, please take this survey:

After you’ve taken the survey, share it and ask others to respond by January 31.

Straight Talk for Seniors 

"In the coming weeks and months, there will be much discussion about programs and issues that will affect older Americans and their families.

Straight Talk for Seniors® provides information for older adults, their families, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them on key policy concerns involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, Medicare, and the Older Americans Act (OAA)." (Excerpt from the National Council on Aging website). 

Go here: to learn more and sign-up to receive NCOA Advocacy Alerts.

Flu Cases on the Rise in Wisconsin

MADISON - Flu cases are on the rise, and health officials are urging people to take precautions. Simple steps, including getting a flu shot, help protect against the flu.

There have been 161 influenza cases to date this flu season, and 95 influenza-associated hospitalizations, including 8 children and 78 adults ages 50 and older. Of those hospitalized with influenza, 63 percent were ages 65 years and older.

“Getting a flu shot is still one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family and friends against the flu and potential complications,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “There are also many simple steps people can take now to avoid spreading the flu to family and friends, and to keep from getting it themselves, including practicing good handwashing hygiene, covering your cough, and not sharing drinking cups and straws.”