At the Wisconsin Health News lunch briefing yesterday, DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades, announced publicly the partnership of DHS and AARP to support people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementia’s. Both agencies will work together toward the creation of dementia-friendly communities – an initiative that began in Watertown, WI.
“Helping to create dementia-friendly communities in Wisconsin is in line with AARP’s mission to provide security, protection and empowerment to all older residents,” said Sam Wilson, State Director of AARP Wisconsin. “We look forward to working with DHS to create age-friendly communities for all Wisconsinites, including the critical need we see for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” Quoted from the DHS press release sent out June 3, 2014.
Other updates on the Dementia Care System Redesign includes new Dementia Care Specialist Awards given to select Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Wisconsin.
These specialists are part of a program that will ensure that communities, businesses, and families are knowledgeable about dementia, and prepare them to meet the needs of the individuals affected by dementia. They will also assist in finding resources for these individuals to remain at home as long as they choose to and stay as independent as possible within the community. These specialists will be instrumental in creating dementia-friendly communities in the counties they serve.
On April 25th the Department announced the expansion of this position to an additional eleven Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the state. To learn if your community’s Aging and Disability Resource Center has a dementia care specialist program, you can view a map of existing and developing programs is available at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/P0/P00658.pdf
More information about the Dementia Care System Redesign is at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/Dementia/index.htm
DHS has also established a ListServ for the Dementia Care System Redesign Initiative. Go here http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/dementia/listserv.htm to sign up.