Kentucky State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
The Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Council was established through legislation enacted in 2000. In 2007, the Commonwealth of Kentucky enacted Senate Joint Resolution 6, which directed the Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council to create a comprehensive strategy to respond to the growing Alzheimer's crisis. Appointed by the governor, the Council includes representatives from state agencies, local health departments, academia, and the medical research community as well as consumers and caregivers. The Council formed a wider work group to research and draft the State Plan. In January 2008, the Council published Setting a Roadmap to Address Alzheimer's in the Commonwealth: A Report of the Current and Anticipated Future Impact of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias on Kentuckians with Recommendations for Action. This plan was updated in 2017 and includes updated and new recommendations for combating Alzheimer's and dementia in Kentucky.
Kentucky 2023 Policy Priorities
Spread Dementia Awareness Across Kentucky
55,000 Kentuckians aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and many are living with another chronic disease, such as heart disease and diabetes. With one of the highest rates of chronic conditions in the country, Kentuckians need to be aware of opportunities for risk reduction and brain health to improve their own health and recognize cognitive changes in their loved ones. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state policymakers to pass legislation requiring the inclusion of risk reduction and brain health messages in existing public health campaigns across the state.
Incorporate Dementia in the Mobile Crisis Planning Grant
With a growing dementia population, state officials need to be prepared to appropriately respond to dementia-related behaviors to prevent a situation from escalating. The Kentucky Mobile Crisis Intervention (MCI) Planning Grant was established to expand and strengthen mobile crisis services in the state. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging the Department of Medicaid Services to include Alzheimer’s and other dementia as part of the targeted population for the three-year grant. Specifically, all MCI teams must receive dementia-specific training, promote dementia crisis services in public awareness campaigns, and include dementia data as part of the grant services.
Strengthen the State Alzheimer’s Plan
State Alzheimer’s Plans are essential toward ensuring Kentucky has the infrastructure and strategies to develop programs and services that serve people living with dementia. Yet as the state is working to improve awareness of the disease, reduce stigma and expand services, Kentucky lacks standards for what must be included in the plan. The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on state officials to issue a policy outlining minimum requirements for future State Alzheimer’s Plans.
Empower Adult Protective Services Workers with Dementia Training
Adult Protective Services (APS) workers frequently interact with individuals living with dementia in a variety of settings and are often the first to respond to crisis situations. To best serve and protect individuals with dementia, APS workers must have proper training to recognize the signs of dementia and effectively communicate with people living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging state lawmakers to require one hour of dementia training for Adult Protective Services workers.
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State Affairs Contact: Mackenzie Wallace, J.D.
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Resources to Drive Change in Kentucky
The following resources developed by AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association will help you learn more about the issues impacting people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, how Kentucky policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.