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Dementia Care Project Highlights - September, 2014


Community Awareness and Services Team:

  • Received a 3 year, $450,000 Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) grant that will be used to fund Dementia Caregiver Support Specialists to implement Memory Care Connections and work with caregivers in the African American communities in Milwaukee and Dane County.
  • Received a 3 year, $996,539 Alzheimer's Disease Initiative Specialized Supportive Services (ADISSS) grant that will be used to fund activities supporting people with dementia living alone and people with developmental disabilities who also have dementia. It will be used to educate medical professionals on dementia, educate family caregivers on the management of challenging behaviors, and make the Music & Memory Program available to tribal members.
  • The team has been collecting data and designing strategies to promote the concept of "Dementia Friendly Employers".
  • Drafted a proposal for program and policy improvements in the Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Support Program.

Facility Based Long Term Care Team:

  • Teams have begun scheduling facility outreach visits to nursing homes and hospitals to learn about their successes and challenges in providing care for individuals with dementia.
  • The Music & Memory team walked in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's on September 21, 2014 in Madison. The team raised $791. Nine Music & Memory certified nursing homes formed teams and participated in walk events across the state.

Crisis Stabilization Team:

  • Met with the Central Wisconsin Health Partnership, the Milwaukee County Dementia Workgroup, and a tri-county group from Forest, Oneida, and Vilas Counties to learn more about current collaborative efforts on crisis response and dementia-related Emergency Protective Placement issues.

Dementia Care Guiding Principles and Training Team:

  • Reviewed responses to the Guiding Principles survey and provided revisions to UW Oshkosh for the second draft of the Guiding Principles.
  • Worked with the UW Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability (CCDET) to advance the development of an on-line Crisis Response training.

Research and Data Team:

  • Drafted materials for collecting Dementia Care Specialist activity reports.


Last Revised: November 18, 2014