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Public Health Overview

The mission of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute’s Public Health program is to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families in all of Wisconsin’s diverse communities through development, dissemination and evaluation of innovative programs, and through public outreach and education, in collaboration with statewide partners. WAI achieves this mission by:

  • Providing education statewide to community partners
  • Developing and testing new community-based support services for people with dementia and their families
  • Helping to train Dementia Care Specialists
  • Collaborating with statewide partners to increase the number of dementia-friendly communities in Wisconsin and spread best-practices across those communities

The Urgency of Our Work

"Alzheimer’s Disease is a major public health issue and will increasingly affect the health and well-being of the population. Unless the disease can be effectively treated or prevented, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease will increase significantly in the next two decades." National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease 2016 Update





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