Support the Creation of an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Council
In Louisiana, there are 92,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s and over 200,000 Louisianans providing unpaid care to a loved one with dementia. However, the state’s response to Alzheimer’s is often fragmented. To help facilitate interagency planning and to ensure the voice of external stakeholders such as advocates, care providers, and family caregivers are heard, the Alzheimer’s Association will be working with the Louisiana Department of Health's Well Ahead Program to create an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Council. Most importantly, the Council will be responsible for updating the Alzheimer's State Plan to outline a clear and unified response to this public health crisis.
Louisiana State Plan Overview
In 2008, the Louisiana Legislature created the Louisiana Alzheimer's Disease Task Force through the enactment of of Senate Concurrent Resolution 80 to study the impact of Alzheimer's within the state and make recommendations to meet the growing issues presented by the disease. The Task Force included representatives from state agencies, care associations, long-term care providers, and community organizations as well as caregivers, state legislators, and individuals directly impacted by the disease. The Task Force presented their final report, The Impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Louisiana: A Report by the Alzheimer's Disease Task Force, to the Louisiana Legislature and Governor's Office in October 2009.
Louisiana State Advocacy Day
May 11, 2022
Use your voice to advocate for the more than 90,000 people in Louisiana living with Alzheimer's and their families. This year we will be asking lawmakers to create an Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Council. Advocates will come together to hear from state leaders, understand the Alzheimer’s Association’s leading asks during the legislative session and meet with state legislators to share their story and urge support of these critical priorities. Never advocated before? No problem! We’ll train you and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions before meeting with state officials. Stay tuned for more details!