Good work, state legislators: Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Act update signed!
Gov. Quinn signs update to Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Act
CHICAGO (Tuesday, July 10, 2012) – The Alzheimer’s Association® Illinois Chapter Network commends Gov. Pat Quinn’s signing of Public Act 97-0768, Monday. The act renews Illinois’ commitment to public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
This act is an update to the Alzheimer’s disease Assistance Act, an initiative of the Illinois General Assembly. It includes revised definitions and statistics to reflect current knowledge of Alzheimer’s incidence as well as the disease’s prevalence and the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s as well as their families and caregivers.
A revised Alzheimer’s disease Assistance Act will ensure relevance and improve Illinois’ response to this emerging epidemic. It will strengthen the Alzheimer’s disease Advisory Committee planning process. Representatives from the Illinois Department of Health, members of the Illinois General Assembly or other interested parties may convene hearings state-wide for the purpose of educating the general public as well as soliciting and gathering feedback from researchers, caregivers and those with the disease. The updated act will also provide the framework to build a dementia capable state. To learn more about the criteria for a dementia capable state, go to http://www.alz.org/illinois/ and click on Advocate in the left-hand column.
This bipartisan initiative was led by Chief Sponsors Sen. Pamela Althoff ( R-32), Sen. William Haine (D-56), Sen. Michael Noland (D-22 ) and Sen. Heather Steans (D-7) and Rep. Patricia Bellock (R-47), Rep. Sandra Pihos (R-42), Sidney Mathias (R-53), JoAnn Osmond (R-61) and Naomi Jakobsson (D-103).
The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer's research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments, and a cure for Alzheimer's. Since 1980, the donor supported, nonprofit Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. The Illinois Chapter Networks consists of four chapters serving Illinois: Central Illinois Chapter, Greater Illinois Chapter, Greater Iowa Chapter and St. Louis Chapter. For more information, call the Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org.