The Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network (WDRN) has evolved from the Wisconsin Early Memory Loss Program Network (EML) that was established in 2008 through Helen Bader Foundation funding. EML met biannually to establish standardized best practice guidelines for services utilized by individuals living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early staged dementia. The members developed their first best practice guide, Early Memory Loss Program, in April 2012. In 2013, EML expanded its focus from therapeutic-only programs for individuals living with MCI or early stage dementia, to include a full continuum of programs and services for individuals living with dementia at any stage; and renamed the EML group to Brain Wellness Programs. In early 2017, a group of experienced stakeholders and WAI further defined and shaped legacy efforts to establish a formal mission and vision, and a new name, the Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network (WDRN).
The WDRN mission is to enhance the ability of Wisconsin communities to create supportive and inclusive environments for all people living with dementia.
The WDRN vision is for: “People living with dementia and those who care about them will feel respected, understood, welcomed, supported, and engaged in Wisconsin communities.”