State Plan for Alzheimer’s Announced at Advocacy Event

The Home Care Alliance and member agencies supported the Alzheimer’s Association’s Advocacy Day on Tuesday at the Grand Staircase of the State House where Secretary of Elder Affairs Ann Hartstein announced the release of the “Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders State Plan.”

HCA Executive Director Pat Kelleher was a steering committee member and chaired a work group that focused on “access to services,” which was instrumental in forming recommendations in the plan. The state will use the recommendations as a guide for taking steps to improve care and access to Alzheimer’s care.

Other speakers at Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day included State Senator Patricia Jehlen, State Representative Alice Wolf, and Dr. Allen Krieger from MIT who has early stage Alzheimer’s. A video of Dr. Krieger’s speech about dealing with the condition is posted on HCA’s YouTube page.

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