November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month
When November was designated as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease. Today, the number of Americans with the disease has grown to nearly 5.4 million.
In Wisconsin, currently, more than 120,000 people are living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. By 2040, that number is expected to increase to 242,000.
See below for information and resources for people living with Alzheimer's disease or dementia and people caring for those with the disease.
New Wisconsin State Dementia Plan
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is working with partners across the state to implement a new Wisconsin State Dementia Plan: 2019-2023, P-02241 (PDF). Learn more about the new State Plan and stakeholder steering committee created to carry it out.
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are already straining Wisconsin’s long-term care system, and the number of people affected is expected to increase dramatically as the baby boom generation ages. DHS is committed to working to change the way state residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are cared for in Wisconsin. The mission is to provide appropriate, safe, and cost-effective care throughout the course of the disease.
We're all in this together. Find the Building Dementia-Friendly Communities Toolkit and other resources for ways to include people with dementia as engaged community members.
Designed to provide employers with a web-based toolkit to successfully support employees who are caring for a loved one.
Caring for a family member with dementia can be rewarding, but can also be difficult and overwhelming. Every community has resources to assist families on their journey. Find an online guide for caregivers of family members with dementia.
Our population is aging. See the facts and figures.
Read about the history of the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin initiative, including Accomplishments in 2016 and 2017, the results of a 2018 Public Survey to help identify future priorities, and the 2018 Dementia Summit, where priorities were developed for a new five-year Wisconsin State Plan for Alzheimer's disease and related dementia.