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The Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

After a year and a half of work the Alzheimer's Disease Working Group gave the Washington Legislature a landmark report, The Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, in February 2016.

The plan makes 134 recommendations for action in both the private and public sectors to better serve the 107,000 Washingtonians diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a public health epidemic, and a State Alzheimer’s Disease Plan is a critical step in preparing Washington State to meet the needs of the thousands of Washingtonians who are and will be affected by this progressive, fatal disease.

On March 27, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 6124, providing legislative authorization to begin the important work of developing an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State. [See photo]

A diverse group of 33 was selected for a working group to develop the plan. Bob Le Roy, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, Washington State Chapter, was chosen as Chair of the subcommittee dealing with long-term services and supports. He was joined by 12 additional people affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association working on the four subcommittees.

A successor organization known as the Dementia Action Collaborative has taken up the role of coordinating implementation of the state plan. Details about future meetings may be found here.

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Peter Newbould, Public Policy Manager | 206.529.3867


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