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


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.

ADRC Board Seeks New Members

The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties (ADRC) is currently looking for people interested in serving on the governing board. The mission of the ADRC is to provide older adults and people with disabilities the resources needed to live with dignity and security, and stay as independence as possible and have a high quality of life.  The ADRC helps people make the most of their own resources, stay independent and delay or prevent the need for potentially expensive long-term care. Complete and submit this application or learn more.

Get Connected with Elder Tree! 

Elder Tree provides older adults an opportunity to connect, learn about local events, track their health and give back. It’s a website just for Wisconsin seniors, even those with no computer experience! Learn more!

See Wisconsin seniors who've learned to use Elder Tree and find it improves their lives!

Frequently Asked Questions About Family Care and IRIS

Check the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 web page  for answers to frequently asked questions. As additional information is available, it will be added to the Wisconsin Depeartment of Health Services Family Care/IRIS 2.0 web page and frequently asked questions page.

Photo ID for Voting…It’s The Law 

Wisconsin law now states that you need to provide acceptable photo identification card (ID) when voting. Acceptable ID include:
  • Wisconsin Driver License or receipt
  • Wisconsin State ID card or receipt         
  • U.S. Passport
  • WI College Student ID & proof of enrollment          
  • Tribal ID
  • Military ID
There are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you. Learn more.

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.)