Establish the Arkansas Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council
Over the last year, the Alzheimer's Association has been working with state government agencies and other stakeholders to update the Arkansass State Alzheimer’s Plan to outline a comprehensive and coordinated approach to addressing Alzheimer’s and supporting the over 60,000 Arkansans currently living with Alzheimer's and their family caregivers. To ensure the ongoing implementation of the Plan, Arkansas needs a permanent Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council to support state agencies and provide policy solutions to support individuals and their caregivers navigate the challenges of Alzheimer's and other dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to support forthcoming legislation in Arkansas to establish the Council and direct the state agencies to implement the State Plan.
Arkansas State Plan Overview
In 2009, the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer's Disease in Arkansas was established via House Bill 1014 to bring together caregivers, public health officials, patient advocates, and community leaders to tackle a range of Alzheimer's issues. After collecting public feedback to inform the plan's recommendations, the Task Force published The Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer's Disease in Arkansas Final Report in 2011.
Arkansas State Advocacy Day
February 09, 2021
Join fellow Alzheimer’s advocates in urging Arkansas state lawmakers to support people with dementia and their families. We will have informative and engaging virtual events with state government leaders to highlight the urgent need for an Alzheimer's and Dementia Advisory Council in Arkansas. Beginning on January 26th, we will host a series of events mixing storytelling, advocacy training and direct engagement with your state government representatives. And we will all wear purple to unify us in our virtual efforts!