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Dementia-Friendly Communities
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Click here to watch a video on how small changes can help make a dementia-friendly community.  

Celebrate Dementia Friendly Communities in Dane County on February 17 - details here.

Music & Memory Program Available in Dane County Libraries

The Dane County public library system is pleased to offer the Music & Memory
to the community. It is estimated that 70-80% of people living with
dementia live in their homes in our communities. Offering the Music &
Memory program
provides a valuable opportunity for library patrons who
have dementia or are caring for someone with dementia to use the program.

Tips for Working Caregivers.

Wisconsin’s Healthy Brain Initiative Project

This partnership efforts between the Department of Health Services, the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter and AARP Wisconsin aims to support the implementation of the Wisconsin Dementia Care System Redesign Plan. Information was gathered from local dementia-friendly community projects throughout the state and incorporated into the Building Dementia-Friendly Communities toolkit as promising practices.

An essential component of the project is the active engagement of local public health agencies as primary partners in addressing dementia as a chronic disease within communities. Wisconsin’s Healthy Brain Initiative Project focuses on educating the public, businesses and government entities on effective strategies for working with individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

Dementia-friendly Communities
A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean a person has lost their dignity, nor should it mean that they give up those daily routines or practices that make their life fulfilling. Dementia-friendly communities build infrastructure to support and take responsibility for enlarging the beneficial effect of services for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

A dementia-friendly community is a place where individuals with dementia:

  • Are able to live good lives.
  • Have the ability to live as independently as possible.
  • Continue to be part of their communities.
  • Are met with understanding.
  • Are given support where necessary.

Click here to review the Building Dementia-Friendly Communities toolkit.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.