Yesterday at the Wisconsin Capitol, a group of over 100 people descended on Senators and Representatives offices to spread the word about Alzheimer’s disease. All wearing purple sashes and holding important information about Alzheimer’s in Wisconsin, these people made a difference. Sarah Bass from the WALA office, along with other WALA Members attended this great event.
Attendees brought with them some startling facts for the legislators. Here are some highlights from the factsheets available at www.alz.org/facts.
- Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010, while deaths from other major disease, including the number one cause of death (heart disease), decreased.
- 119,900 people in Wisconsin has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In 2035 that number is predicted to be 201,600.
- 75% of people with dementia report that they rarely or never received help from family or friends. This means that, not only are they isolated physically; they are also isolated in their community.
But Wisconsin is working on a plan. The State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has developed the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign: A Plan for a Dementia-Capable Wisconsin.
More information on this redesign is available at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aging/Genage/ALZFCGSP.HTM and at http://wisconsinassistedlivingnews.com
If you have any comments or suggestions for WALA on how we can better serve you on this issue, please contact the WALA office at email@example.com