ATLANTA – Georgia has released a plan that is expected to improve services, safety, treatment, housing, and public education for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The document is the work of the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Council, which includes legislators, state agency leadership, and advisors in a diverse range of fields.
“Our goal is to make Georgia a more dementia-capable state,” said Dr. James Bulot, chairperson of the council and director of the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. “By coordinating activities and sharing resources, Georgia’s organizations can create high-impact, lasting change in the way that we support people with dementia. We all have a part to play, whether we’re organizational representatives or simply caring neighbors.”
The Georgia plan features five recommendation areas: Healthcare, Research, and Data Collection; Workforce Development; Service Delivery; Public Safety; and Outreach and Partnerships. Each area features a set of goals and corresponding strategies.
Georgia’s recommendations have already resulted in action. This year, the General Assembly established a statewide Alzheimer’s Disease Registry within the Department of Public Health to generate new data for research and planning. State legislators also supported stronger licensure enforcement for Adult Day Care facilities and recommended funding for the emergency relocation of adults at risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
The Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Council will continue to build on that early momentum by mobilizing action groups and reporting to the public on progress made. To view the state plan and learn more about the Council’s history and upcoming projects, visit www.aging.ga.gov and click “Find Dementia Resources.”
For help, visit the page’s resource links and call 1-866-552-4464, the toll-free phone number that connects callers with Georgia’s aging network, composed of Georgia DHS Division of Aging Services, the state’s 12 Area Agencies on Aging, and service providers throughout Georgia.
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