Governor Approves Alzheimer’s State Plan

Source from Pennsylvania Home Care Association

Last week, Gov. Tom Corbett announced his approval of the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), which proposes recommendations and a strategic approach to addressing the growth of the disease and related disorders in Pennsylvania.

PHA commends its members who served on the committee for their hard work and dedication: Heidi Owen, Neighborhood Health, Susan Heinle, Visiting Angels of York, and David Leader, Country Meadows.

The plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee which was created by an executive order last year, includes seven recommendations:

  • Improve awareness, knowledge and sense of urgency about medical, social and financial implications of ADRD across the commonwealth
  • Due to the magnitude of the ADRD epidemic, identify financial resources where possible to implement this plan through federal, state, foundation, private and other innovative funding mechanisms and partnerships
  • Promote brain health and cognitive fitness across the life cycle from birth onward;
  • Provide a comprehensive continuum of ethical care and support that responds to social and cultural diversity, with services and supports ranging from early detection and diagnosis through end-of-life care;
  • Enhance support for family and non-professional caregivers and those living with ADRD;
  • Build and retain a competent, knowledgeable, ethical and caring workforce; and
  • Promote and support novel and ongoing research to find better and effective cures, treatments and prevention strategies for ADRD.

The plan also emphasizes the importance of collaboration among caregivers, state officials and legislators, organizations, academic and teaching entities, healthcare providers and individuals living with ADRD and their families.