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Over 400,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Disorder in the Commonwealth and the toll of this disease extends beyond those affected to their families, friends, and communities. Due to this epidemic, Executive Order 2013-01 was signed, establishing the Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee in 2013. Twenty six members were appointed to the committee which included a Pennsylvanian living with Alzheimer’s disease, representatives of families and caregivers of persons living with and caring for individuals living with ADRD; the aging network, other Departments of state, providers from across the care continuum, leading researchers in pursuit of a cure and better care, and members of the legislature.
The committee produced the Pennsylvania State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the Plan was approved in early 2014. The plan, utilizing public input outlines seven key recommendations to develop a strategy to mobilize the commonwealth’s response to the anticipated increase in incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders in Pennsylvania.