Lt. Governor McKee Renews State Efforts to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Disease

Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease.

As part of his effort to update Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s, Lt. Governor Dan McKee is launching a series of Town Hall meetings across the state to collect input from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by the disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island Chapter, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is projected to increase to as many as 27,000 Rhode Islanders by 2025.

The update of the State’s initial five-year Alzheimer’s Plan approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2013, is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Division of Elderly Affairs and the Office of the Lt. Governor. The final plan will provide state lawmakers, municipalities and the state’s health care system with a policy strategy to confront the anticipated Alzheimer’s epidemic. It will also take a look at the current impact of Alzheimer’s disease on a growing number of Rhode Islanders and most importantly, details the steps the state must take (legislatively and regulatory) to improve programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers.

Shaping State Alzheimer’s Policy

Once the updated report is completed and approved by the Rhode Island General Assembly, the state’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council’s Executive Board will seek legislative and regulatory changes to carry out its recommendations to ensure that it is more than just a document—that it comes to shape the state’s public policies on Alzheimer’s.

In February, Lt. Governor McKee and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association secured $30,000 in grants to update the State Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for how Rhode Island will address the growing Alzheimer’s crisis. Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation each pledged $15,000 to support the initiative.

The grants allowed the Lt. Governor’s Office and the Alzheimer’s Association to partner with Splaine Consulting, a nationally-recognized research firm specializing in public health policy. Splaine has extensive knowledge of the national Alzheimer’s landscape and firsthand experience in crafting state plans across the country.

Lt. Governor McKee tasked Splaine with creating an updated plan that explores the current impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Rhode Island and outlines what steps the state must take to improve its services for people with Alzheimer’s and their families.

“As my office relaunches Rhode Island’s coordinated effort to fight Alzheimer’s and provide patients with the highest level of support and care, I want to ensure that Rhode Islanders whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s have a hand in crafting a plan to address the disease,” said Lt. Governor McKee.

Come Share Your Caregiving Experiences

The Town Hall series kicks off on Monday, August 6th in four communities:

  • Warwick Public Library, Central Library:600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 02889, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wood River Health Services: 823 Main Street, Hope Valley, RI 02832, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Benjamin Eddy Building:6 S. Killingly Road, Foster, RI 02825, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Hope Alzheimer’s Center:25 Brayton Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For a complete schedule of town hall meetings visit ltgov.ri.gov/alz or call (401) 222-2371.

Rhode Islanders who are unable to attend a town hall meeting can complete a brief online survey: bit.ly/2Ofx5q6. The survey is also available in Spanish: bit.ly/2LiMbgx.

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