Tell state Senators to put the Dementia Care Specialists back in the budget!

AARP recognizes that 570,000 Wisconsin caregivers need more support. Wisconsin should use the 2017-19 budget to help. One of these supports could be the funding and expansion of Dementia Care Specialists into all 72 counties.

Dementia Care Specialists support individuals with dementia, helping them stay active and remain living in their homes longer. They help make communities aware of the unique needs of individuals with dementia and their families. The governor's budget omits funds for these vital positions which are needed statewide.

Currently, there are Dementia Care Specialists in 16 of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers across the state. There are also specialists who work with 3 Native American tribes. Funding for these positions will expire in December 2017 unless action is taken. These positions are of vital importance and should be funded in the state budget. Additionally, the budget should expand the number of positions, so that no matter where you live in Wisconsin, you can call on a Dementia Care Specialist for help.

Send your state Senator a message right now, urging him/her to put Dementia Care Specialists back in the budget!


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