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'Thursdays at the U' to focus on experiences caring for loved ones with dementia

| Linda Tollefsrud

Jim Adams

Jim Adams

On Sept. 30, UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays at the U” series will host community member Jim Adams, who will share how he and his family members dealt with the final two years of his wife’s struggle with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's disease. The presentation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus.

Please note: Per UW-Eau Claire's campus mask guidelines, masks are required indoors for all attendees.

After his wife, Diane, passed away, Adams wrote “Other Me’s,” a self-published memoir consisting of reflective daily journals and memory care facility notes. He chronicles the progression of Diane’s physical and mental symptoms, including Capgras syndrome, which caused her to believe there were multiple versions of her husband, including several malevolent imposters.

Adams is a former aerospace engineer and retired Chetek High School math, science and computer science teacher. He is a volunteer community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association and a support group facilitator for the Barron County Aging and Disability Resource Center. He and his wife were married for 52 years.

The “Thursdays at the U” weekly series is free and open to the public thanks to support from the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation. 

For more information about the series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at