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Wisconsin considers dementia legislation

October 30, 2017
by Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Wisconsin legislators are turning their attention to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Four Republican Assembly members have introduced proposals focused on memory loss, who say there is bipartisan support to improve care for those with the disease and their loved ones.

“There was the speaker’s task force last session on Alzheimer’s and dementia and from that task force, we came up with a series of initiatives and areas where we can really help families,” said State Rep. Patrick Snyder to NBC affiliate WEAU.

One bill would create a $1,000 tax credit for families are caring for a loved one with dementia.

A second bill would provide $500,000 in grants to community programs across the state to raise awareness for resources.

A third bill would create a council to study ways to improve care.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 people will have a dementia over the next decade in Wisconsin alone.

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