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 ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center) 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

NEWS

Celebrate Caregiving: Laughter, Learning and Living

Are you a "caregiver"? Caregivers are relatives or friends who provide unpaid care for children, spouses, parents, siblings/relatives or friends/neighbors. This includes assisting with housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping, personal cares, emotional/social support, managing finances and transportation. For more information, check out the brochure or call the ADRC at 715-537-6225

Aging Mastery Program Scheduled in Ladysmith!

The Aging Mastery Program will be held this fall in Ladysmith and Rice Lake.  Learn more.

Register here for the Ladysmith classes.
Ladysmith Senior Center, Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Nov 9, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

Register here for the Rice Lake classes.
Rice Lake Senior Center, Rice Lake, WI, Mondays Oct 17-Dec. 19th, from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Music and Memory Grant Supports Partnership to Support Those Living with Dementia in Their Homes.

Music and Memory press Conference in Barron

On July 12th, 2016, Wisconsin’s Interim Secretary of the Department of Health Services, Tom Engels, joined representatives from Mayo Hometown Health, the Boys & Girls Club of Barron County, and the Aging & Disability Resource Center to announce the implementation of a $25,000 grant from the Mayo Clinic Health System to offer the Music & Memory Program in Barron County to people with dementia living in their homes. Learn more.

Health and Independence of Medicare Recipients Threatened by Proposed Elimination of SHIP 

$52.1 million in funding for the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) was completely eliminated in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget appropriations bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. This move would effectively end the only program that provides free, personalized, unbiased Medicare coverage counseling to 55 million people with Medicare. Every day 10,000 more baby boomers age into Medicare, meaning the number of people needing these services is growing rapidly so, in fact, more funding is needed. Learn more or contact your legislator now.

How Will Transportation Funding Impact Your Life? Let Your Legislators Know!

In 2013, the Transportation Finance and Policy Commission, appointed by the Governor and Legislature clearly found that if Wisconsin does not adjust its user fees, the condition of both our state and local roads and transit systems will deteriorate significantly over the next decade. Read the report at this link: Keep Wisconsin Moving-Smart Investments Measurable Results. 

We need to have a transportation system that continues to meet the needs of a growing number of older adults. In addition, we need to make sure there is sufficient funding to keep our roads in good repair. Roads that are well maintained cause less wear and tear on vehicles. You can read more thoughts from Director Leslie Fijalkiewicz.

Your state representatives need your feedback. Check this link for information for a map that provides contact information all Wisconsin legislators.

Congress Protects and Invests in Seniors in Final Fiscal Year 2016 Funding Deal 

Advocacy by hundreds of National Council on Aging (NCOA) supporters has paid off. Congress crafted a final FY16 funding package that rejects proposed cuts and even provides some increases for programs and services for older adults. Find your Wisconsin legislators and let them know you appreciate their efforts. Learn more. (From the NCOA.)