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Dementia Care: Building Dementia-Friendly Communities Toolkit

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a growing public health issue. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) offers a toolkit with steps for building a dementia-friendly community. Building Dementia-Friendly Communities, P-01000 (PDF) offers information, resources, and lessons learned by those already working toward this goal.

The toolkit is a joint effort between:

  • DHS.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.
  • AARP Wisconsin.
  • Local communities throughout the state that have begun their own dementia-friendly projects.

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This user-friendly resource guide features several programs already at work in Wisconsin to create dementia-friendly communities. It includes information for:

  • Professionals.
  • Businesses.
  • Public health entities.
  • Families.
  • Individuals with dementia

You’ll also find resources and services available from state organizations and programs. Use this order form for a printed copy of the toolkit.

Toolkit chapters

Healthy Brain Initiative Toolkit

Specific Strategies for Community Members, P-01000

  • Business Sector, P-01000-BS (PDF)—Local chambers of commerce, general business settings, banks and credit unions, grocery stores, and restaurants.
  • Community Organizations Sector, P-01000-COS (PDF)—Community, civic and other organizations, faith communities, and sports and recreational programs.
  • Health Care Sector, P-01000-HCS (PDF)—Hospitals, primary care clinics, pharmacists, physical therapy, occupational therapy and home health, dentists, residential care providers, and dementia agencies and programs.
  • Public Services Sector, P-01000-PSS (PDF)—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.

Dementia-friendly guidelines

The toolkit also provides dementia-friendly guidelines for:


Local Health Department Dementia-Friendly Efforts Summary Report, P-01269F (PDF)

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Last revised December 30, 2022