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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. It affects more than 20 million American individuals, families and caregivers. The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) provides information, education, research, outreach, advocacy and service programs to help improve lives, advance knowledge and inspire hope.


We are committed to initiating efforts and partnering with organizations, clinics, healthcare professionals and communities to create a reliable and accessible public environment in which Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are widely recognized, understood based on the most up-to-date information and aggressively and appropriately treated. We work on behalf of those who are afflicted and those who care for them to provide the education, services and support needed to effectively cope with this chronic disease.


WAI is a national leader with a statewide presence. In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea to share knowledge to the borders of the state and beyond, WAI collaborates with small rural communities and urban centers, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health as well as the university’s academic and research departments. We facilitate collaboration and cooperation within the scientific, treatment and caregiving communities to benefit the people whose lives are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.

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