Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, a general term for memory loss or cognitive impairments, and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Due to the increased number of people suffering from AD and dementia, many areas of Wisconsin have developed promising practices to enhance their dementia-friendly communities and help build dementia capable organizations. Unfortunately, these practices are not necessarily shared state-wide.
Because of our extensive network and vital cooperation within the scientific, treatment and caregiving communities benefiting those whose lives are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, the Initiative to End Alzheimer’s is in a key position to address this issue. The creation of the Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network (WDRN) will generate an atmosphere for sharing culturally-tailored best practices in dementia-friendly communities and dementia-capable businesses across Wisconsin, where people will be met with understanding and have the ability to live as independently as possible all while being active in their community.
What’s more, the UW is uniquely positioned to further address this issue. The WDRN will be used to identify and share best practices with key Wisconsin stakeholders such as the Department of Human Services, Alzheimer’s Association chapters, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, dementia care specialists, and community-based dementia leaders. The ultimate goals of the WDRN are to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and increase access to dementia-capable services, leading to earlier diagnosis and better quality of life for people living with dementia.
In order to create this network, the UW is looking to identify $2 million in philanthropic gifts to do the following: