Task force recommends improvements to dementia care

Task force recommends improvements to dementia care

An Assembly task force is recommending a series of steps to improve Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Wisconsin.

The six new recommendations in the report released Tuesday include increasing funding for dementia research, addressing a shortage of health care providers, improving response to dementia-related crisis situations and promoting education about dementia in schools.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos created the task force in August 2015. The Legislature passed three bills this year stemming from its initial recommendations. Seven others didn’t make it through the Senate but might be reintroduced next session.

The bills that did pass call for a county-based dementia crisis unit pilot program; allocate an additional $1 million for the state’s Alzheimer’s family and caregiver support program; and create state grants for dementia training for mobile crisis teams.