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posted Jan 28, 2016, 1:18 PM by Kim Cobb   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 2:16 PM ]

posted 4 hours ago by Kim Cobb   [ updated 3 minutes ago ]

If you don’t know someone with dementia, you may think the illness doesn’t affect you. But consider this:
  • One of every nine people age 65+ have dementia
  • 90% of people with dementia live at home
  • In 2014, Wisconsin's 191,000 caregivers provided 218,000,000 hours of unpaid care to people with dementia
In just five years, almost 20,000 people living in Barron, Rusk & Washburn Counties will be age 65+. That means:
  • 2216 people with dementia will live in Barron, Rusk & Washburn Counties
  • Almost 2000 of those people will live at home
In late 2015, Governor Walker set up a Speakers Task Force on Dementia.  Many people spoke at public hearings held by the task force around the state. The state Assembly is now looking at the related proposals listed here. Your representatives need to hear what you think about these bills!

Assembly Bill 787: Proposes one million dollars more for the Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program (AFCSP). This program helps family members get a break from caregiving while the person with dementia lives at home.  It also delays or prevents the need for more expensive programs and housing for the person with dementia. 

Assembly Bill 788: Proposes to keep paying for Dementia Care Specialists (DCS) after 2017.  Because the ADRC of Barron, Rusk & Washburn County has a DCS, we have new programs and services for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Assembly Bill 792: Proposes two new requirements to the alert process for missing adults at risk, often called “Silver Alert”.
  • The person asking for the alert must be connected with the local Aging & Disability Resource Center
  • The Department of Transportation must review the driver's license of the person the alert is about. They will decide if it is safe for that person to drive.
Contact your Assembly representative if you have an opinion about how he/she should vote on these bills. (Contact information .pdf file) Find more information about these bills and bills 783, 784, 785, 786, 789, & 790, which also pertain to dementia and related services.

Information based on alz.org/facts/#cost and doa.wi.gov/divisions/intergovernmental-relations/demographic-services-center/projections.