Build a Dementia-Capable Workforce

Increase Wisconsin's Dementia Mobile Crisis Intervention Team Grant Funding

The Department of Health Services currently provides funding for grants to dementia mobile crisis units through crisis intervention team grants. The mobile crisis units are a mental health service used by counties to provide on-site, in-person mental health services with an emphasis on supporting individuals exhibiting symptoms of dementia. Senate Bill 456 would increase the amount of money that the Department of Health Services is required to award in grants for mental health crisis intervention team training for law enforcement agencies and correctional officers from $250,000 per fiscal biennium to $1,000,000 per fiscal biennium. Please contact your State Legislators and ask them to support Senate Bill 456.

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Protect Individuals with Dementia from Financial Exploitation

People with dementia are at high risk of financial exploitation and Wisconsin legislators can act to protect them. Following the recommendations of the Attorney General's Task Force on Elder Abuse created by former Attorney General, Brad Schimel, Senate Bills 428 and 429 have been introduced to provide financial advisers and institutions with a strengthened ability to block suspicious transactions that may result in the financial exploitation against older adults. The recommendations also make a number of criminal law changes, now introduced as Senate Bill 427, including the creation of a mechanism in criminal law for freezing the assets in elder financial abuse cases. If a person is charged with a property crime against an elderly person, the District Attorney may request the defendant's assets be seized for the purpose of preserving the assets for restitution for the victim. Please contact your State Legislators and ask them to support Senate Bills 427, 428, and 429.

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Create a Permanent Alzheimer's and Dementia Coordinator Position in the Department of Health Services

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias require an dedicated focus by state government but Wisconsin does not currently have a position that is focused on bringing the multiple agencies together to lead the response. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified Alzheimer's and other dementias as a public health crisis, it is urgent that Wisconsin create a permanent Alzheimer's and dementia coordinator position within the Department of Health Services. This position would be responsible for overseeing implementation of the State Alzheimer's Plan, coordinating and enhancing state agency communication around dementia, leading new dementia initiatives and monitoring program performance. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, there are currently more than 120,000 people living with dementia in our state, and by 2040, it is estimated that the population in Wisconsin living with dementia will double. As the prevalence and costs associated with providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s continues to increase, the creation of a position that is focused on and responsible for Wisconsin’s response to this growing public health crisis is imperative. Please contact your State Legislators and request that they create a permanent Alzheimer's and dementia coordinator position within the Department of Health Services.

Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Update Wisconsin's Criminal Justice System to Accommodate Individuals with Cognitive Impairment

Senate Bill 430, a recommendation of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Elder Abuse, will strengthen the legal process for older victims and witnesses, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This legislation will allow for expedited hearings and will enable testimony to be preserved through a video-taped court hearing that would have the defendant present for cross-examination. The Task Force was particularly focused on the needs of individuals with Alzheimer and dementia, and recognized that the legal “system must be able to respond to the unique needs of an elderly victim's ability to testify." The proposed legislation would allow the local district attorney to request the court to conduct a hearing to record the testimony of the victim or witness within 60 days. Please contact your State Legislators and request that they support Senate Bill 430.

Wisconsin State Plan Overview

In October 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) convened the Dementia Care Stakeholder Summit to discuss 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 related dementias. With input from the Summit, DHS released a draft State Plan for public comment and review. The DHS incorporated the stakeholder input into its final published report, Dementia Care Redesign: A Plan for a Dementia-Capable Wisconsin, released in February 2014. The Department of Health Services has been committed to working to change the way state residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are cared for in Wisconsin and oversee state plan implementation to ensure a dementia-capable Wisconsin.


Wisconsin State Advocacy Day

February 11, 2020

Prepare to make an impact! Join advocates from across Wisconsin as we meet face-to-face with our State Legislators at the State Capitol in Madison. You will have the opportunity to learn about the Alzheimer's Association's 2020 legislative priorities, hear from key policy makers about their efforts to address the impacts of Alzheimer's, and meet fellow advocates from across Wisconsin. Following lunch, we will meet with legislators to share our personal stories, and ask for their support of Alzheimer's Association priorities.

2020 Advocacy Forum

March 22-24, 2020 alz.org/forum

As an Alzheimer's advocate, you've worked to advance critical public policy, making a difference in the lives of all those impacted by Alzheimer's. Together we've achieved great increases in federal Alzheimer's research funding and secured critical advances in care and support. But we can't take our successes for granted — we need to keep the pressure on.

Join us in Washington for an inspiring three-day event filled with networking, training and education.

Be part of the movement that's making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's.

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in Wisconsin

Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age

Year 65-74 75-84 85+ TOTAL
* Totals may not add due to rounding
2019 16,000 47,000 50,000 110,000
2025 20,000 60,000 54,000 130,000

Percentage change from 2019




Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2019)


change in costs from 2019 to 2025



per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2018 dollars)

HOSPICE (2016)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia

Hospitals (2015)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate



Number of Caregivers


Total Hours of Unpaid Care


Total Value of Unpaid Care


Higher Health Costs of Caregivers

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2017)


6th leading cause of death in Wisconsin

For more information, view the 2019 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at alz.org/facts.

U.S. Statistics

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and as many as 14 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $290 billion in 2019, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.