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Task force unveils Alzheimer’s and dementia legislative package

The Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia unveiled 10 bipartisan bills Wednesday that aim to improve the care of individuals living with these conditions by providing community-based resources and education.

“This is a serious long-term problem and we need some real solutions to help the growing number of Wisconsinites and their families coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” said Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), the task force chair, in this news release. “This legislative package is hopefully just the beginning of our efforts to ensure quality care while keeping costs under control.”

The Wisconsin Cares Alzheimer’s and dementia legislative package includes:

  • Investing $1 million in respite care.
  • Expanding the number of dementia care specialists.
  • Educating caregivers and employers about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Increasing dementia training for mobile crisis teams.

The legislation was developed using the input from experts, caregivers, state officials and community leaders, many of whom attended the six task force hearings around the state in 2015. Wisconsin Medical Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD, who also is a neurologist at Mayo Health System in Eau Claire, spoke at the task force’s public hearing in Eau Claire Dec. 9. (Click here to read this Dec. 10, 2015 Medigram article.)

Click here for more information on the task force.

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