History Of Our Work in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin State Dementia Plan for 2019-2023 (State Plan) is the latest of a series of efforts to strengthen the state’s dementia care system, and replaces the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign Plan published in 2014. More information about the origin and accomplishments of the 2014 Redesign Plan can be found on the Department of Health Services website.

To develop the 2019-2023 State Plan, there was first a survey of more than 1,600 people, followed by a meeting or “Summit,” of people and groups working to make Wisconsin more dementia-friendly.   


The survey conducted before the Summit helped determine what the State Plan priorities should be. More than 1,600 people took the survey, including people with memory loss and dementia, their family members, people who work with those with memory loss and dementia, and others who provide care more informally.

Overall, the top three needs identified through the survey were:

  1. More options for people with dementia who are in crisis.

  2. Better care for people with dementia in assisted living and nursing homes.

  3. Greater awareness in our state about dementia and brain health.

Dementia Summit

In March 2018, there was a Summit of people and groups interested in making Wisconsin more dementia-friendly. The participants in this meeting first reviewed the survey results and then agreed on priorities in four major focus areas:

  1. Care that is provided in the communities where people live.

  2. Improving how health care providers diagnose and care for dementia.

  3. Responding to crises involving people with dementia.

  4. Care provided in assisted living, nursing homes, and other facilities.

Summit participants also discussed how the plan should be carried out, which led to the creation of the work teams that are discussed in the next section.

Work Teams

The “Steering Committee” is the team of leaders who are in charge of making sure the State Plan gets carried out. The members of the steering committee are listed here.

There are also teams focusing on the four main focus areas:

  1. Care in the Community

  2. Health Care

  3. Crisis Response for People with Dementia

  4. Facility-Based Care

One of the goals of the Steering Committee is to learn more about barriers that make it harder for some communities in Wisconsin to access dementia care, and how we can reduce these barriers. A separate team called the Health Equity team has been formed to help advance this goal.

There is also a team that focuses on this website and other communications for the State Plan.



Webpage support provided by the Alzheimer's Association Wisconsin Chapter



The Alzheimer's Association is the leading volunteer health organization in Alzheimer’s disease care.
Serving the state of Wisconsin, with offices in Chippewa Valley, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Rhinelander and Wausau, the Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes across the state.

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's.
Currently, over 121,262 people in Wisconsin are living with Alzheimer's or dementia, and more than 194,000 people care for loved ones with the disease. We are here to serve the families in Wisconsin so that no one has to face this disease alone. 

Our Mission
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.  alz.org

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Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are already straining Wisconsin’s long-term care system, and the number of people affected is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boom generation ages. DHS is committed to working to change the way state residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are cared for in Wisconsin. The mission is to provide appropriate, safe, and cost-effective care throughout the course of the disease.

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Your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) is the first place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. The ADRC provides information on a broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long-term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly funded long-term care.



The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) is committed to health equity and aims to improve the quality of life of persons living with dementia and their families across the state through research and community engagement. Our purpose is to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, to identify and disseminate strategies to reduce dementia risk, to convene stakeholders across the state, to improve access to quality dementia care services, and to develop and support culturally-tailored, effective clinical and community-based models of care.



The Milwaukee County Department on Aging was created in 1991 to provide a single point of access to services for people aged 60 and over. We affirm the dignity and value of older adults of this county by supporting their choices for living in and giving to our community.
Our vision is that all Milwaukee County elders will have the resources to live as independently as possible in their communities.
The Department on Aging is made up of two divisions: the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging Resource Center.



Education and information on issues of Alzheimer's and other Dementias, Elder Financial Abuse, Vaccine Education and Awareness, Senior Advocacy.

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Azura Memory Care has provided over two decades of trusted and award winning memory care in Wisconsin. Azura Memory Care is a premier provider of memory care services and programs across the state of Wisconsin. From homelike settings to transformational programming, our memory care assisted living communities provide a safe and nurturing place for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Recognized as Wisconsin’s Dementia Care Experts, our team is provided advanced education in dementia care through our exclusive MOSAIC by Azura training and engagement programming, helping those we serve experience moments of joy every day!

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Our Mission
Fox Valley Memory Project collaborates with other organizations to build communities that welcome, include, and support persons with dementia and those who care for them.

Our Vision
Fox Valley Memory Project works to create dementia-friendly communities where the fear and isolation often associated with dementia are eased by connecting people with one another and with resources to live well with dementia.