Building Dementia-Friendly Communities

Building Dementia-Friendly Communities

The people of Wisconsin are coming together to support their families, friends, and neighbors living with dementia. Whether someone lives in a small town or a large city, whether they are young or old, anyone can get involved in helping their community to become dementia friendly.

Wisconsin’s Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Project is a partnership effort between the Department of Health Services, the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, and AARP Wisconsin to support the implementation of the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign Plan. Lessons learned were gathered from local dementia-friendly community projects throughout the state and incorporated into the toolkit as promising practices. An essential component of the project is the active engagement of local public health agencies as primary partners in addressing dementia as a chronic disease within communities. Wisconsin’s HBI project is focused on educating the public, businesses, and government entities on effective strategies for working with individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

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Specific Strategies for Community Members

Community Organizations Sector – Community, civic and other organizations, faith communities, and sports and recreational programs.

Other recommended resources:

Music and Memory – The Wisconsin Music & Memory Program has been designed to bring personalized music to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.

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