Idaho is now among the more than 35 states which have statewide plans in place, or officially in the works to deal with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. On April 4, 2012 the Idaho state legislature unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 34 proclaiming its endorsement of the State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. The plan was developed by the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group (IAPG).
The Five Goals of Idaho’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) are:
- Increase public awareness and information access about ADRD
- Provide ADRD-specific training for professional and family caregivers
- Coordinate ADRD Support Services throughout Idaho
- Create a positive regulatory/financial environment for care providers
- Develop an ongoing source of data collection about ADRD
The IAPG is comprised of educators, researchers, administrators, service providers and other advocates. It is a project of Boise State University's Center for the Study of Aging, in conjunction with the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA). IAPG’s own steering committee includes numerous stakeholders, such as representatives from Idaho AARP and the national Alzheimer’s Association. Its members are committed to achieving a comprehensive, realistic set of recommendations to meet this public health and financial challenge - a strategic plan supported by our state legislators and our governor. For updates on progress toward achieving the goals of the plan visit the IAPG website. At this link, sponsored by the IAPG, resources for Idaho families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can be located: www.Idahoalzhelp.org