CARE IN THE COMMUNITY
Reinforcing our Commitment
Care in the Community Goals
Goal #1: Increase understanding and reduce the stigma associated with a dementia diagnosis.
1. Develop tools and materials to support education and awareness about dementia.
2. Develop a public awareness campaign about dementia, highlighting the services and resources available to support people with dementia and their family caregivers.
3. Develop materials for community partners to help expand dementia-friendly community efforts, including dementia-friendly business training.
4. Expand the use of the brain health curriculum in schools.
Goal #2: Improve and expand support and education for family caregivers of people with dementia.
1. Conduct focus groups with caregivers to better understand what they need.
2. Expand access to and the diversity of support groups for caregivers, including peer mentoring.
3. Expand access to respite care.
4. Expand the aging and disability resource center (ADRC) dementia care specialist program statewide.
5. Work with employers to support employees who are caregivers.
Thank you to the following Leadership Team members who are working on these efforts:
Andrea Garr, Milwaukee County
Bonnie Jones-Witthuhn, Pierce County
Deanna Truedson McKillips, Dane County
Judith Cassetty, Dane County
Karie Ruekert Kobiskie, Waukesha County
Linda Hand, Washburn County
M. Louise Damiano, Brown County
Marne Sterzing, Marinette County
Nia Norris, Milwaukee County
Randy Kohl, Walworth County
Stan Hensley, Dunn County
Tanya Sutton, Dane County
Chairs and Steering Committee Representatives:
Beth Belmore, Outagamie County
Kari Paterson, Dane County
Katelyn Marschall, Dane County
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
FIND AN AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER & SERVICES FOR OLDER ADULTS
You can access a variety of information on programs and services in Wisconsin for older adults and caregivers with the Wisconsin Department of Health. A brief overview of each program and service is available.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER'S
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.
PARTNER WITH US
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved.
You can become a volunteer or community advocate for dementia and Alzheimer's in your community.
This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at Wisconsin State Dementia Plan. Get in touch with any questions about how you can partner with us today.