Wisconsin’s Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Project is a partnership effort between the Department of Health Services, the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, and AARP Wisconsin to support the implementation of the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign Plan. Lessons learned were gathered from local dementia-friendly community projects throughout the state and incorporated into the toolkit as promising practices. An essential component of the project is the active engagement of local public health agencies as primary partners in addressing dementia as a chronic disease within communities. Wisconsin’s HBI project is focused on educating the public, businesses, and government entities on effective strategies for working with individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
A Toolkit: Building Dementia-Friendly Communities
Wisconsin’s toolkit, Building Dementia-Friendly Communities (P-01000) (PDF, 10.8 MB), provides information, resources, lessons learned, and the steps for building a dementia-friendly community. The toolkit is a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, AARP Wisconsin, and local communities throughout the state that have implemented dementia-friendly projects.
The toolkit is a user-friendly resource guide for implementing and sustaining dementia-friendly community efforts that features several Wisconsin communities’ dementia-friendly programs. Specific sections include information for use by professionals, businesses, public health, families, and individuals with dementia, including resources and services available from Wisconsin organizations and programs. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are identified as chronic diseases to be addressed by local and state public health agencies as an increasing public health issue. For a printed copy of the toolkit, submit your request on this order form.
- Foreword by Kitty Rhoades, Secretary Department of Health Services
- Executive Summary
- Using the Toolkit
- Shifting Our Perceptions of Dementia
- Dementia-Friendly Communities
- Public Health as a Key Partner
- Dementia’s Impact
- Wisconsin-Specific Organization and Service Resources
- Wisconsin-Specific Community Program Resources
- References and Resources
Specific Strategies for Community Members
- Business Sector – Local chambers of commerce, general business settings, banks and credit unions, grocery stores and restaurants.
- Community Organizations Sector – Community, civic and other organizations, faith communities, and sports and recreational programs.
- Health Care Sector – Hospitals; primary care clinics, pharmacists, physical therapy, occupational therapy and home health, dentists, residential care providers and dementia agencies and programs.
- Public Services Sector – Office on Aging/Aging and Disability Resource Centers, adult protective services, county crisis response, senior nutrition programs, law enforcement/first responders, community environments, city planner/architect, public signage, streets and sidewalks, mayors, parks, public transportation, libraries, senior centers, museums, community gardens, schools and higher education.
Other recommended resources:
Music and Memory – The Wisconsin Music & Memory Program has been designed to bring personalized music to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.
Healthy Brain Initiative – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page on “The Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health,” which includes the summary document.
Dementia-Friendly Guidelines for:
- Dentists (P-01269A) (PDF, 482 KB)
- Faith Communities (P-01269B) (PDF, 4982 KB)
- Grocery Stores (P-01269C) (PDF, 492 KB)
- Law Enforcement and First Responders (P-01269E) (PDF, 491 KB)
- Pharmacists (P-01269G) (PDF, 481 KB)
- Restaurants (P-01269H) (PDF, 510 KB)
- Dementia-Friendly Health Departments (P-01269D) (PDF, 507 KB)
- Summary Report on Local Health Department Dementia-Friendly Efforts (P-01269F) (PDF, 501 KB)