According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated that more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders (ADRD) and, nationwide, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
On June 12, 2014, Gov. Tom Corbett announced his approval of the Pennsylvania State Plan for ADRD, which proposes recommendations and a strategic approach to address the growth of the disease and related disorders in Pennsylvania.
The state plan includes seven recommendations, including:
- Improve awareness, knowledge, and sense of urgency about medical, social, and financial implications of ADRD in Pennsylvania
- Identify financial resources to implement
- Promote brain health and cognitive fitness across the life cycle, starting at birth
- Provide a comprehensive continuum of ethical care and support
- Enhance support for family and non-professional caregivers and those living with ADRD
- Build and retain a competent, knowledgeable, ethical, and caring workforce
- Promote and support novel and ongoing research to find better and effective cures, treatments, and prevention strategies for ADRD