Coinciding with World Alzheimer's Day on September 21st, the Alzheimer’s Association and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Administration are launching development of a State Alzheimer’s Plan to prepare California for the expected Alzheimer’s epidemic. The Association and the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) are convening the first meeting of the newly-appointed State Alzheimer’s Plan Task Force charged with developing the Plan. Also on hand for the launch will be Senator Elaine Alquist, author of the legislation calling on the State to prepare – SB 491. Senator Alquist and the Task Force will be joined by a Purple Ribbon Panel of key business, health and political leaders and members of the State Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee.
The Task Force is composed of representatives from the health care and provider community, researchers, academicians, family caregivers, the legislature, local and state government, elder law, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Members also represent California’s diverse ethnic communities. The Task Force will guide plan development and make recommendations to the State Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee, the body responsible for issuing the Plan.
The Plan and recommendations are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010. In early 2011, a series of policy hearings will communicate findings to the newly elected Governor, Legislature and other state level decision-makers. The purpose will be to build leadership support so the State can move quickly to enact the recommendations.
To read more about the Task Force and the Purple Ribbon Panel please click here.
For a list of Purple Ribbon Panelists, click here.
For a list of Task Force members, click here.
To read more about the impact of Alzheimer’s on California click here.
To read more about the State Plan project click here.