State of Georgia Rolls Out First Dementia Plan

July 9, 2014

The plan is being rolled out by the Georgia Department of Human Services.

Cynthia Haley Dunn with the Division of Aging Services, says that Georgia now joins a majority of the country with the release if its plan.

“It’s a response to the release of the National Alzheimer’s Plan produced by the Department of Health and Human Services”, said Dunn. “There are more than forty states that have released their own plans, and now Georgia is ready to do all we can to become fully dementia capable.”

The program’s goal is to put together resources to help those with memory problems and their families or caregivers said Dunn.

“We are looking at the existing capacity of our work force, public safety, medical doctors, researchers, and a variety of other areas in Georgia so that we can begin to increase our capacity to serve adults of any age with dementia and their families, and also provide support and leverage our opportunities”, said Dunn.

Included in the plan is an Alzheimer’s registry, but Dunn says that Georgia DHS is still trying to figure out the best way to introduce that registry to the public, and that they are still working on how and what kind of data to collect.

She says both the state and federal dementia plans can be viewed by visiting the Division of Aging Services website at aging.ga.gov.

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