“Alzheimer’s disease has an impact on every single person in this state,” Duke said.
Members of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee and Secretary of Aging Brian Duke launched the development of a Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan.
In February of this year, Gov. Tom Corbett established the 26-member committee by executive order. The group will design a state plan to address the Alzheimer’s disease crisis in Pennsylvania. With the fourth-largest older adult population in the nation, by 2030, it is anticipated that one in four pennsylvanians will be over the age of 65.
“Alzheimer’s disease has an impact on every single person in this state,” Duke said, who serves as the committee chair. “The incidence of the disease is rising in line with our aging population and it is alarming to consider that one in three older persons with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia dies. A comprehensive state plan of action will provide guidance in dealing with this devastating disease.”
Professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic and Director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Dr. Ronald Peterson was a guest speaker at the meeting. He addressed current treatment and research being offered at the Mayo Clinic, along with his experiences as director of the Mayo ADRC.
Included in the committee are representatives from a number of state agencies as well as those personally impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. It examines needs and research trends, studies existing resources, and develops an effective response strategy to the rising number of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Input will be received at a number of proposed meetings throughout the state.
Recommendations must be delivered to the Governor by Feb. 7, 2013 regarding a planned approach for Pennsylvania.
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For more information on the Executive Order, committee’s meeting dates, agendas and minutes as well as, information on committee members, visit: www.aging.state.pa.us
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