Memory Care Initiatives

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities' dementia-supporting work is a critical part of our community’s strategic growth.

We continue to define and implement dementia support initiatives across campus and within the surrounding community. For more information on any of these memory care initiatives, please contact Jen Graf, Director of Dementia Programming, at or 262.965.7133 


Three Pillars Earns Important Designations For Dementia Care

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities is proud to announce it has received significant dementia care designations from LeadingAge Wisconsin.
"We are extremely proud of these important designations, which are reflections of the enormous efforts of our team to make Three Pillars a leading resource for people in need of dementia care," said Jen Graf, Director of Dementia Programming at Three Pillars, which received the following designations for 2024:
Dementia Specific — Masonic Health Care Center & Hickory Suites Rehab
Dementia Specific — Riverside Lodge Assisted Living
Dementia Specific — Riverside Lodge Memory Care
Dementia Capable — Compass Point Catered Living
Dementia Capable — Village on the Square Independent Living
Three Pillars Lending Library

Memory Lane Lending Library

Memory Lane Lending Library is a pilot program designed to provide an opportunity for family members whose loved ones are experiencing dementia the ability to try out items that could alleviate some of the behaviors accompanying dementia before purchasing their own. A variety of social-emotional, environmental adaptations, sensory interventions and educational resources are available for checkout for a period of two weeks.

Puzzles, fidget items, adaptive recreation, materials for orientation, games, independent living aids, books and videos for caregivers and people with dementia and more are available. Don’t know what you are looking for? Call or email to learn about what is available based upon your loved one’s needs. 

SPARK! Alliance

SPARK! is a cultural program for people with early-to-mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Programs are designed to keep participants actively engaged in their communities by providing experiences that stimulate conversations, provide peer support and inspire creativity through creative engagement, workshops and programs.

SPARK! programs are FREE for families to attend together in a comfortable environment led by specially-trained staff and volunteers (”

We will share information on new programs and events as they become available. 

Three Pillars Memory care initiatives

Community Opportunities

Information and Referral Do you or your loved one with dementia need help, but you don’t know who to call? We can provide answers to your questions and get you connected with agencies who provide what you need. Call or email today - there is no charge for information and referral services. 

Community Presentations Join us bi-monthly as our Director of Dementia Programming shares valuable information on dementia and caregiving. Our next presentation is “My Friend Has Memory Loss,” which will be held June 12, 2024, at 6pm in the Community Room in Village on the Square. Learn about age-related memory loss versus Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Explore what to do if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one. Reservations requested, but not required. 

Caregiver Tips Sign up to receive a free weekly caregiver email tip. Learn skills to better communicate with your loved one and deal with dementia-related behaviors. 

Facebook Group Dementia and Alzheimer's Resource and Support Hub, sponsored by Three Pillars Senior Living Communities, provides resources and support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Members can share personal experiences, ask questions, and access valuable information on managing symptoms, caregiving tips, research, and resources.

Walk and Talk Tuesdays Bring your loved one with dementia and take a walk (or stroll) in the beautiful Three Pillars woods Tuesdays at 10am through Aug. 27. Socialize with other caregivers, walk the paved paths, or sit on a bench in the shade by the pond. At 10:30am, we will meet in the pavilion for a fun game, craft, activity or speaker. Reservations requested, but not required. 

Support Groups Contact us for information on our current support groups including caregiver support groups, brain health groups, and movement disorders group. 

Speakers Is your community group or business looking for someone to come speak on memory loss or communicating with those who have dementia? Contact us to tailor a presentation just for you! 

Frequently Asked Questions

We specifically designed our memory care neighborhood for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. A more structured routine, customized to each individual resident, helps residents feel safe, thus reducing behavioral symptoms sometimes seen in those with dementia. Additional staffing and programming will keep residents independent for as long as possible.

Those who live in assisted living need help with some everyday tasks and more supervision than they can typically receive at home. Nursing homes care for those with more complex medical needs. Often, those with memory loss are physically healthy, but struggle to be independent. Memory care offers programming, staffing, and an environment to help maintain independence while ensuring safety.

The answer to this question is different for every family. One of the first things to consider is your loved one’s safety and whether living alone is a viable option. If your loved one is living with you or other family members, consider how difficult it is for you to meet their needs. If your physical or mental health is at risk, it may be time to consider another option. Change is not easy for anyone, but here at Three Pillars we have experience in easing families through this transition and can provide the help and support you need.

Our staff is extensively trained in providing care for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. They participate in training that covers understanding dementia, communication, assistance with activities of daily living, dealing with behavior-related dementia symptoms, person-centered care, care planning, and activities. In memory care, there is a higher staff-to-resident ratio to meet specific needs of those with memory loss.

In addition to regularly-scheduled Riverside Lodge activities, the Memory Care Neighborhood has separate activities designed to cater to each resident's individual needs. Activities focus on social, cognitive, creative, and physical aspects of daily life. Recreational materials in the memory care neighborhood cater to people with dementia, allowing for different levels of cognitive ability. Staff and service associates lead activities in the memory care neighborhood.

Memory care provides alarmed entrances and exits to ensure those who wander remain safe in our neighborhood. Staff perform regular rounds rather than relying on pull cords or call lights. Resident apartments do not have kitchens, showers, or tubs to avoid accidents. All medications are kept locked and administered by staff.

Aside from assistance with any activities of daily living they may need (bathing, dressing, oral care, etc.), our staff will provide invitations and encouragement to attend activities and meals, as well as medication administration. Important components of memory care include supervision, socializing, and meaningful activities.

Three Pillars has a Director of Dementia Programming who can provide education and support to help guide you through your dementia journey. Our resource library provides books, videos, and other materials to help you learn more about dementia and ways to communicate and socialize with your family member. We offer monthly caregiver support groups through the Alzheimer’s Association and frequent family events to attend with your loved one.

Jen Graf

Jen Graf

Director of Dementia Programming
Direct: 262.965.7133

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Send Jen Graf a Message to Learn More

For more information on dementia-supporting initiatives across Three Pillars' campus, and within the surrounding community, please contact Jen Graf, Director of Dementia Programming, at or 262.965.7133.

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