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Dementia Support Center

The purpose of the Wyoming Center on Aging, Dementia Support Center is to enhance the dementia-capability of our community through education, and provision of home and community-based services. We offer evidence-based interventions to meet the specific needs of people with dementia, and their family members. We also offer dementia screening for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who may have or be at risk of dementia. Additionally, the Dementia Support Center provides training programs for community members, first responders, health care and service providers to increase their ability to provide dementia-capable care.

Healthy U

Healthy U is a health promotion program designed to help anyone over the age of 18 play an active and productive role in their own health management. Anyone is welcome to participate; individuals who suffer from one or more chronic illnesses may find Healthy U particularly useful. Caregivers and friends of those who would benefit from health self-management also make great participants.  

Wyoming Aging and Disability Resource Center

The Wyoming Aging and Disability Resources Center website is designed to help connect older adults and people with disabilities to a variety of helpful information and services. Our easy-to-use search engine can help you find what you’re looking for based on keyword, location, or type of service. Our extensive database of resources is unbiased, tailored specifically to Wyoming residents, and always growing.

Geriatric Assessment Team - Casper

The Geriatric Assessment Team (GAT) is located at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency in Casper. The team consists of a family medicine physician, family medicine resident, social worker/case manager, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and pharmacist. Patients are referred by community agencies or other health care providers, are seen by the doctor and a family medicine resident, and then their case is presented to the team. Each discipline listens to the case and makes recommendations based on their expertise. Examples of things the Geriatric Assessment Team can be helpful with include: weight loss, fall prevention, problems driving, progressing dementia with need for placement, and patients with multiple hospitalizations. Through team interventions the GAT addresses medical problems, evaluates the home setting, gets to know social support systems, and places patients/families in touch with necessary community resources. This team of healthcare professionals has expertise in geriatrics and is committed to their patients, regardless of their presenting problems.

Savvy Caregiver Curriculum

Providing care to a loved one with dementia is like running a marathon. Caregivers must be prepared to run the distance and learn the ups and downs and the lay of the land. A caregiver education class will teach you skills for managing behavioral challenges and everyday frustrations and also increase your self-care and sense of wellbeing. WyCOA has self-study caregiving materials available.

Our Family Journey

Our Family Journey workshops are provided to caregivers (professional and family) with a focus on dementia and is a delivered once per week for 4 weeks. Topics covered in the workshop include Starting the Journey Together with Support, Changing Difficult Behaviors, Communication, and Planning for the future.

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PRODUCTS

10 Early Signs of Abnormal Memory Changes: Poster and Booklet

The Wyoming Center on Aging in collaboration with tribal health entities embarked on a multi-step process to create culturally appropriate education materials to increase the awareness and recognition of cognitive loss among American Indians.  The resource was adapted from the Alzheimer’s Association: “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s".  These resources were created in collaboration with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribal members. 

Caring with Confidence DVD Training Series

Caring with Confidence is a program designed to educate certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and other direct care workers on how to manage challenging behaviors that are often associated with dementia. The program focuses on factors contributing to problem behaviors and non-medical interventions including strategies to handle wandering, agitation, and inappropriate sexual behavior. The training also includes information about caregiver stress and strategies to prevent burnout. The DVD training series can now be purchased for only $95.00.

Aging in Wyoming: an Atlas of Resources Targeting Wyoming’s Older Adults (Commissioned by the Wyoming Department of Health Aging Division)

Planning for the future of aging in Wyoming (i.e., allocation of community resources) will require accurate information about the number of older adults in the state and where they reside. Wyoming’s unique geographical features create challenges with respect to equal dispersion of resources within the target population, particularly to those who live in extremely remote areas. We believe the results of this project will serve to inform policymakers and professionals who serve older adults influencing decisions about what areas need funding and priority, and in which geographical locales they are needed.

Wyoming Dementia Resource Guides

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can pose many challenges. It can be difficult to know when help is needed and where to turn. The Wyoming Center on Aging (WyCOA) provides this guide as a source of important information about dementia resources available to caregivers, families, and friends living in the state of Wyoming.  The WyCOA dementia resource guides represent the five regions of Wyoming and contain local resources specific to the region, as well as reputable national resources and statewide resources. These guides present user-friendly information that is particularly useful to individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Gray Matters

Steps people can take to preserve the health of their brain as they age is the focus of a television documentary on Wyoming Public Television. The University of Wyoming and statewide experts share positive messages about the aging brain in the 30-minute documentary, “Gray Matters: Exploring the Mature Mind”. Gray Matter was produced by the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC), now called WyCOA, located in the University of Wyoming College of Health Sciences building. The University of Wyoming personnel featured in the documentary include Deb Fleming, WyCOA founding director; Christine McKibbin, WyCOA director and assistant professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Psychology; Dr. Kristina Stefka, former faculty physician at the University of Wyoming Family Practice in Cheyenne; and recent social work department graduate Pat Engler-Parish. WyGEC produced the documentary with financial support from the University of Wyoming Division of Social Work, Richard Chatham, the Wyoming Department of Health Office of Multicultural Health and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The documentary was made with in-kind support from AARP Wyoming and the St. John's Institute for Cognitive Health in Jackson. 

Surprising Life of the Grown Up Brain

Following a second airing of Gray Matters, on November 10, 2011, Wyoming PBS interviewed four experts, including Deb Fleming, on Wyoming Perspectives in a video titled Surprising Life of the Grown Up Brain. Bob Beck moderates; panelists include Dr. David Wheeler, Neurologist; Dr. Deb Fleming, Director of WyCOA; Alice Burron, exercise physiologist and wellness specialist with Wyoming Health Fairs; and Tim Summers, director of AARP Wyoming. Topics include misconceptions about the aging brain, keeping the brain healthy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Survey of Wyoming Older Adults

AARP and WyGEC conducted a study in 2009 to determine if Wyoming residents age 50 and older have access to information needed to make informed healthcare decisions.

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RESEARCH

Wyoming Seniors Taking Action in Aging Research (WySTAAR)

The WySTAAR Registry is a database of Wyoming residents over age 55 who are interested in volunteering for research studies at the University of Wyoming.

Wyoming Parkinson Project

The Wyoming Parkinson Project is seeking to create a stakeholder group to identify and explore the big picture of Parkinson's disease in Wyoming.

Research Presentations

The University of Wyoming provides access to posters that have been presented at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conferences and others.

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Contact Us

Wyoming Center on Aging

1000 E. University Ave

Department 3432

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2829

Email: wycoa@uwyo.edu

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