A major program of Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute is the development of memory clinics throughout Wisconsin. The program assists communities, physicians and health care organizations in developing and sustaining multidisciplinary diagnostic services that promote early diagnosis and treatment, as well as support for caregivers. These memory clinics are known as affiliated dementia diagnostic clinics and are members of the WAI-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network (Clinic Network).
The Clinic Network’s mission is to:
- Improve access to quality dementia diagnostic services throughout Wisconsin
- Increase access to education and supportive services for patients and caregivers
- Participate in systematic and high-quality data collection for quality assurance, research, and public policy purposes.
Affiliated clinics follow a set of best practice guidelines that include use of an interdisciplinary care model that minimally has a physician and, preferably a neuropsychologist and a social worker; or other team members are trained to complete the functions of the evaluation.
The Clinic Network has 40 affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinics, including clinics in Milwaukee serving African-American and Latino communities. These diverse, state-wide diagnostic clinics provide quality care to more than 3,000 new patients annually, many from rural, often under-served parts of Wisconsin.
For more information about dementia diagnostic clinic development or the WAI-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network, please contact Jody Krainer.