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11/13/2019

New Alzheimer’s Task Force to Examine Assisted Living

Last week, Governor Dewine signed SB 24 into law, which would create the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Task Force, which would be charged with developing a state plan for dementia, to be submitted to the General Assembly no later than 18 months following the bill’s effective date. LeadingAge Ohio is one of the stakeholders named to the Task Force, which would consist of 28 individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including caregivers and individuals who have a dementia diagnosis. 

“This statewide panel of experts will help us improve services for patients and caregivers, build awareness about the disease and prepare our communities for the impact of an aging population,” said Sen. Kenny Yuko (D), who introduced the legislation with Sen. Steve Wilson (R). “We all know someone impacted by Alzheimer’s or dementia, and we owe it to them to seek out the best information out there,” he added. 

Ohio is the fiftieth state to adopt a state plan for dementia. To read a McKnight’s article on the bill, click here.

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