The Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Work Group was established in June 2014. It is a state-wide partnership consisting of several key national, state, and local partners interested in improving care and support to Montanans with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias, their families, and caregivers. The Work Group consists of members representing multiple industries and stakeholder groups including the Alzheimer’s Association, the Senior and Long-term Care Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Governor’s Office, other government agencies, patient advocacy groups, patient advocates (caregivers), Assisted Living/Long-Term Care facilities, senior services groups, regional healthcare organizations and providers, the Veteran’s Administration, educators, researchers, legislators, Montana’s Native American population, and the LGBT community.
The Work Group recognizes that Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most important health care crises of our generation. It is prevalent, underdiagnosed, and carries significant caregiver burden. It is one of the costliest chronic diseases to society and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and Montana. To date there is no effective prevention, cure, or treatment.
The Work Group also recognizes that currently Montanans are significantly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. As the number of individuals with dementia increases over the next decade, their needs and those of their caregivers will increase.
The Work Group understands that the best way to help our state prepare for the current and future needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia and families and caregivers is to implement the Montana Alzheimer’s and Dementia State Plan. The plan alerts Montanans to this growing health care crisis and identifies action steps that will be taken to improve care to individuals with dementia and their caregivers. The Work Group meets regularly to accomplish this goal and welcomes those wanting to help Montana reach this common goal.
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