WISCONSIN STATE
DEMENTIA PLAN

Working Towards a Brighter Future

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are considered a major public health crisis by the World Health Organization, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the citizens of the State of Wisconsin. 

 

Partners across the state have come together to create and carry out the Wisconsin State Dementia Plan for 2019-2023 (State Plan). The State Plan was created to provide a road map to help Wisconsin improve the quality of life for thousands of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to minimize the public and private costs of these devastating conditions. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 121,262 Wisconsin residents aged 65 and older had Alzheimer’s disease in 2018.  As baby boomers age this number will continue to grow and is expected to be at 242,000 by 2040.

 
 

WISCONSIN STATE DEMENTIA PLAN AT A GLANCE

Background and steering committee members

Partners across the state have come together to create and carry out the Wisconsin State Dementia Plan for 2019-2023 (State Plan). The State Plan was created to provide a road map to help Wisconsin improve the quality of life for thousands of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to minimize the public and private costs of these devastating conditions. 

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WISCONSIN STATE DEMENTIA PLAN PRIORITIES

Making A Difference For Families In Our State

The State Plan for 2019-2023 is the latest in a series of efforts beginning in 2013 to address this urgent, growing need. You can learn more about the history and development of the State Plan here. Drawing upon the input, knowledge, and expertise of people and groups interested in dementia care in Wisconsin, the following four priority areas were agreed upon:   

  1. Care in the Community 

  2. Health Care 

  3. Crisis Response for People with Dementia 

  4. Facility-Based Care 

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CARE IN THE COMMUNITY

Reinforcing our Commitment

  • Increase understanding and reduce the stigma associated with a dementia diagnosis.

  • Improve and expand support and education for family caregivers of people with dementia.

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HEALTH CARE

One Step at a Time

  • Increase timely and accurate diagnosis by primary care providers (PCPs) to enable people with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementias, and other cognitive disorders to receive culturally tailored, high-quality treatment and support in order to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

  • Ensure that health care systems and providers are dementia-capable so that people with dementia and their families receive high-quality care in the most effective and least restrictive environment possible.

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CRISIS RESPONSE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

Helping The Community

  • Increase dementia-related knowledge and competency of crisis response professionals.

  • Develop a uniform system of dementia-related crisis response with priority on treating and managing crisis in place.

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FACILITY-BASED CARE

Reinforcing our Commitment

  • Ensure that people with dementia receive consistent, high-quality, and appropriate care in facilities.

  • Expand the workforce and increase training and credentialing of facility staff.

  • Create a new and adequate reimbursement structure based on acuity.

In Good Hands
 

The new State Plan is a strategy for all of Wisconsin, and its success will require the involvement of community, medical, social, crisis and protective service, advocacy, and provider networks. These recommendations represent a road map to help Wisconsin improve the quality of life for the thousands of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to minimize the public and private costs of these devastating conditions. Whether participating in a State Plan committee or workgroup or providing quality care or support to individuals with dementia, everyone can be involved in helping create a more dementia-capable Wisconsin.

 
 

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