Wisconsin State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview 

Patient with Family Looking at Pamphlet

In October 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) convened the Dementia Care Stakeholder Summit. Participants discussed a redesign of the state’s dementia care system in order to provide appropriate, safe and cost-effective care throughout the entire course of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. With input from the Summit, DHS released a draft State Plan for public comment and review. DHS incorporated the stakeholder input into its final published report, Dementia Care Redesign: A Plan for a Dementia-Capable Wisconsin, released in February 2014. 

In 2018, DHS conducted a public survey to get input from individuals and professionals impacted by memory loss or dementia. DHS convened the 2018 Dementia Summit with key stakeholders including family caregivers, advocacy organizations, health and human services agencies, legislators, clinicians, researchers, home care providers and long-term care providers to review the public survey and identify priority areas. Four priority areas were identified: 1) Care provided in communities where people live; 2) Improving how health care providers diagnose and care for people with dementia; 3) Responding to crises involving people with dementia; 4) Care provided in assisted living, nursing homes, and other residential communities. These priorities formed the foundation of the Wisconsin State Dementia Plan: 2019–2023

A small State Plan Steering Committee engages partners to implement the goals and strategies in the state plan.

Wisconsin 2022 Policy Priorities


Implement the Wisconsin State Dementia Plan 2019-2023

As a member of the Steering Committee that is implementing the Wisconsin State Dementia Plan for 2019-2023, the Alzheimer’s Association is working closely with our advocates to secure legislative and policy changes to improve the care and support for people living with dementia and their caregivers. We are urging state legislators to continue implementing the State Dementia Plan and support the recommendations of the Steering Committee.

Health Aides Talking

Improve the Oversight of Memory Care Facilities

Wisconsin does not currently regulate or define “memory care” or “special care units.” This has created confusion for consumers about the disparate level of services that can currently be advertised as “memory care.” The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state legislators to define the core set of services and minimum standards required for a facility to be called a “memory care facility” or “special care units” to clarify these services and help people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families navigate today’s complicated health care maze.

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Contact Us

State Affairs Contact: Allison Cramer

Phone: 414.296.5099

Email: [email protected]


people living with Alzheimer’s in Wisconsin


Wisconsinites are providing unpaid care

$777 Million

Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)

206 Million

increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000


in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia


increase of geriatricians in Wisconsin needed to meet the demand in 2050