March 12, 2013

Maine officials to release plan to address dementia issues

By Kelley Bouchard
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — The first Maine State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias will be released at noon Thursday during a State House news conference organized by the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter.

The plan was developed by a task force including family members, advocates and officials from the Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Area Agencies on Aging.

More than 37,000 Mainers have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to 53,000 by 2020, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Maine and other states are developing Alzheimer’s disease plans to create the infrastructure and accountability necessary to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of the disease.

The plans are linked to the association's first national plan to allow strategic and coordinated implementation across the country.

The news conference will take place in the Hall of Flags.

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