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Improving Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementia Care through Health Literacy

This program is designed as a training for healthcare workers, health educators, case workers and personal care representatives who work with or help those with early Alzheimer’s or other dementias, as well as, family members and caregivers who provide care and support to those with early Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

The interactive, hands-on workshops will help participants better understand:

  • Why those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are at higher risk for low health literacy
  • The impact low health literacy has on the health of those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias
  • The benefits of improved health literacy, including medication management safety – a concern for all, but especially for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • How better health literacy can help improve communication with those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • Special health literacy considerations for immigrants and refugees with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias
  • Resources

This program was funded by Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Since 2017 the project has reached 456 participants (caregivers and healthcare professionals) in 29 counties throughout Wisconsin. 

Feedback from participants included: 

“The whole idea of health literacy and how much that impacts understanding makes so much sense – guess I hadn’t really thought about it in that way.”

"Very well worth my time!" 

"I really appreciated this angle of helping those with dementia. A lot of workshops/trainings include all the information above: signs, symptoms, etc., and it was nice to hear about ways to communicate/better work with patients.” 

If you would like hard copies of the toolkit, contact healthliteracy@wisconsinliteracy.org

This project is supported with generous funding from Bader Philanthropies, Inc.