Ohio State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
Following the enactment of S.B. 24 in 2019, Ohio formed the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias Task Force to create Ohio’s first State Alzheimer’s Plan. The Task Force was charged with conducting a needs assessment and examining opportunities around public health, early detection and diagnosis, workforce, home and community-based services and quality of care. A plan is anticipated to be published in 2022.
Ohio 2023 Policy Priorities
Empower Memory Care Employees with Dementia Training
Individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease have needs that often make care delivery challenging and more demanding. Despite working in a memory care facility, memory care workers often do not have sufficient knowledge about dementia to effectively support those living with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to require dementia-specific training for memory care employees. Dementia training of those involved in the delivery of care can improve the quality of care and experiences for the 220,000 Ohioans living with dementia.
Spread Dementia Awareness Across Ohio
An early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia can improve quality of life, care, and reduce the financial burden of the disease. Unfortunately, the signs of dementia are commonly mistaken as signs of normal aging, leaving many Ohioans who are living with dementia unaware of their diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association is advocating for the establishment of a statewide public health campaign focused on educating Ohioans on the early signs of dementia, the importance of early detection and timely diagnosis, and ways to find support for themselves or a loved one living with the disease.
Increase Respite Funding to Support Dementia Caregivers
Over 421,000 Ohio residents are caregivers to the 220,000 loved ones living with dementia. While caring for their loved one, caregivers often face their own physical and mental issues; 67% of caregivers in the state have their own chronic health conditions. Respite care provides a much-needed break for family caregivers, though it is not always available or affordable. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state lawmakers to appropriate an additional $700,000 for Alzheimer’s respite in the state. This funding will support the Area Offices on Aging across the state and provide needed support for caregivers of people living with dementia.
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State Affairs Contact: Trey Addison
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Resources to Drive Change in Ohio
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Ohio policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.