What is Mind and Memory Matters?

Mind and Memory Matters is a three year project by the WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. The WI BPDD is one of five grantees of the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative- Specialized Supportive Services Project granted to the Department of Health Services by the Administration for Community Living. The Board’s section of this grant is meant to support these populations in Wisconsin: Individuals with both an Intellectual/Developmental Disability and Alzheimer’s or other related dementia, Family caregivers of individuals with I/DD and AD, non-medical professionals working/care giving with the I/DD population. 

Project Goals

  • Increase awareness of the connection between Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Alzheimer’s/Dementia.
  • Provide outreach, screening, training, consultation and support for families and individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
  • Provide Training/Outreach to Professionals who support people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.

Project Outcomes

  • Decrease Stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
  • Early detection and earlier referral for services/supports.
  • Building a stronger knowledge base and ties between Individuals with I/DD, family members, professional caregivers and long term services and supports.
  • Promote quality of life for an individual to age in place by informing families on a person-centered approach to to services and supports.