Public Hearing -
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
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
Insurance Agent for Spectrum Insurance Group, Eau Claire
Director of the ADRC of Eau Claire County
Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC of Eau Claire County
Speaking on personal experience with Alzheimer's
Dr. Tony Pilgrim
Fall Creek Dental, Fall Creek
Assistant Store Director for Festival Foods, Eau Claire
Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC of St. Croix County
Mobility Manager for the Rock County Council on Aging
Wisconsin Women's Policy Institute Fellow
Director for Grace Adult Day Services - Altoona
Director of Communications and Engagement for Azura Memory Care
Mary M. Secor
Vice President of Curriculum for the Crisis Prevention Institute
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
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
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
Thank You, Iowa County
Health and Human Services!!
Force during the public hearing in Dodgeville.
Hearing in Dodgeville.
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