December 8, 2015

Public Hearing - Eau Claire

Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
12:00 PM
Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire Campus
Luther Building Auditorium
1400 Bellinger Street, Eau Claire

The Task Force will hear invited testimony from the following organizations and/or individuals:

Ronald C. Petersen, Ph.D., M.D.
Director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; National Chair of the Advisory Council on Research, Care and Services for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act
Donn Dexter, M.D.
Neurologist and Vice Chief Medical Officer of Mayo Clinic Health System, NW Wisconsin Region
Kate Banchy
Insurance Agent for Spectrum Insurance Group, Eau Claire
Jennifer Owen
Director of the ADRC of Eau Claire County
Lisa Wells
Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC of Eau Claire County

Judy Fuhrer
Speaking on personal experience with Alzheimer's

Dr. Tony Pilgrim
Fall Creek Dental, Fall Creek

Teresa Hendrickson
Assistant Store Director for Festival Foods, Eau Claire

Nancy Abrahamson
Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC of St. Croix County

Molly Nolte
Mobility Manager for the Rock County Council on Aging

Molly Hilligoss
Wisconsin Women's Policy Institute Fellow

Bethany Jacobson-Flieger
Director for Grace Adult Day Services - Altoona

Paula Gibson
Director of Communications and Engagement for Azura Memory Care

Mary M. Secor
Vice President of Curriculum for the Crisis Prevention Institute

Tim Davis
Owner of Safe at Home Senior Care

At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony.

The Mayo Clinic requests that attendees park in the free ramp located at the southwest edge of the campus. Please enter at the main hospital entrance (which is attached to the ramp via an enclosed walkway). Follow signs to the Luther Building elevators and take to the lower level. The auditorium is to the left of the elevators.

Dodgeville Public Hearing Recap

Last Thursday, the Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia traveled to Dodgeville to hear from those in Southwest Wisconsin who are impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia.  The task force held a public hearing at Iowa County Health and Human Services and heard testimony from a diverse group of presenters.  With the aid of the local Dementia Care Specialist, the task force was also able to participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour, which was a great opportunity. We would like to thank Iowa County Health and Human Services and the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Southwest Wisconsin for being great hosts.  We would also like to thank state Representative Todd Novak, a member of the task force, for his role in bringing the task force to his hometown.

Our public hearing in Dodgeville was a success with many members of the Southwest Wisconsin community participating.  Our task force was able to hear from local law enforcement, as well as presenters from Adult Protective Services, the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin, and a Share the Care Project Coordinator, among others. We also heard about the great work Wisconsin's Dementia Care Specialists are doing to aid those living with Alzheimer's and dementia.  Dementia Care Specialists throughout our state play a huge role in helping people get the resources they need to care for someone with Alzheimer's and dementia.  They also play a role in raising awareness for these diseases, while at the same time working to eliminate the stigma around them.  Local law enforcement spoke to the task force about what they are doing to minimize emergency situations surrounding Alzheimer's and dementia, and what the state could do to help.

As mentioned earlier, the task force was also able to participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour, which was facilitated by the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin and their local Dementia Care Specialist.  Task force members were each equipped with special gloves, glasses, and headphones, which simulated the experience of someone living with dementia.  While we know that it is impossible to fully recreate what daily living is like for someone with this disease, the virtual tour provided an important glimpse.  It's safe to say that this experience was eye-opening for each member of the task force.  The point of this virtual tour was clear, we as a state need to work harder to understand what those living with Alzheimer's and dementia are going through.  Too often, people misunderstand and misinterpret the actions of those living with these diseases.  We can do better.

Once again, thank you to Iowa County Health and Human Services, the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin, and Representative Novak for hosting the task force.  Most importantly, thank you to all of those who came out to share their personal experiences surrounding these diseases.  The task force has been able to hear some amazing and heartfelt testimony in our hearings throughout Wisconsin and Dodgeville was no different.

Thank You, Iowa County Health and Human Services!!

The Task Force during the public hearing in Dodgeville.

Public Hearing in Dodgeville.

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