With more than 76,000 Arkansans currently suffering from Alzheimer’s, a number that will increase to more than 100,000 by 2020, the Alzheimer’s Association is thrilled to celebrate the release of the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Arkansas Final Report. This report was produced by caregivers, public health officials, patient advocates, and community leaders to tackle the wide range of Alzheimer’s issues that Arkansas is facing. Not only does this report contain the policy recommendations of the task force, but the profiles of five Arkansans facing this terrible disease. Regardless of their connection, these advocates all have an important story to share – stories of love, struggles and a desire for a better future for Arkansas.
In December of 2008, the journey of the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Arkansas began. University of Arkansas legend Frank Broyles and Representative Dawn Creekmore of Bauxite rallied legislative leaders to support this measure. Rep. Creekmore and Sen. Barbara Horn of Foreman led the effort by submitting the bill in the 2009 legislative session. They had a vision of a task force that would identify the state’s current resources while creating a readiness plan for the overwhelming growth of Alzheimer’s disease. Coach Broyles recognized the importance for “A Game Plan” that would prepare the state for the fight against Alzheimer’s over the next two decades. The Alzheimer’s Association eagerly worked alongside the authors and strongly supported the bill.
During the following legislative session, the bill received unanimous passage through both the House and Senate and, with Governor Mike Beebe’s signature, became Act 92 of 2009. This report is the result of the vision of our state’s leadership.
Much of the information in this report is provided in facts and figures, which can sometimes create distance between policy and the reality of Alzheimer’s. Since its first meeting, the Task Force’s motivation was the individuals and families affected by this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association commends the Task Force for their efforts and proudly stands behind this report.
Click here to download a copy of The Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease in Arkansas Final Report and Alzheimer’s disease. For more information, please contact the Central Arkansas Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association at 501-265-0027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.