New Jersey State Alzheimer’s Plan Overview
In June 2011, the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission was established to study the impact and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease within the state. The Commission was tasked with making recommendations for improving and expanding services within the state to meet the needs of those affected by Alzheimer’s. It included representatives from state agencies, direct service providers, long-term care providers, community organizations, and the faith communities as well as state legislators, caregivers, and individuals living with the disease. The New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission Report was published in August 2016.
New Jersey 2023 Policy Priorities
Establish the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Long-Term Advisory Commission
In New Jersey, there are 190,000 people aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s and over 360,000 New Jerseyans providing unpaid care. However, the state’s response to Alzheimer’s is often fragmented and uncoordinated. To help facilitate interagency planning and to ensure the voice of external stakeholders such as advocates, care providers, and family caregivers are heard, the Alzheimer’s Association is advocating for the passage of Senate Bill 1033, which establishes the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Long-Term Advisory Commission within the Department of Human Services. The Commission will continuously evaluate the dementia care system in the state, identify strategies to address deficiencies in the system, and make recommendations to the Department on appropriate services for people living with dementia.
Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Across New Jersey
With the approval of new treatment options, it is imperative that New Jerseyans are aware of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of a timely diagnosis. Unfortunately, only 50% of those living with Alzheimer’s receive a formal diagnosis, today. A timely diagnosis is the first step in ensuring that individuals living with dementia can benefit from care planning, clinical trials, and new treatments, which can improve the quality of life and reduce the financial burden of the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is urging the state legislature to pass Senate Bill 1241, which creates an Alzheimer’s public awareness campaign to educate the public about the disease, and the benefits of early detection and diagnosis, risk reduction, and care planning.
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State Affairs Contact: Patrick DeDeo
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Medicaid cost of caring for people living with Alzheimer’s (2020)
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Resources to Drive Change in New Jersey
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 New Jersey policymakers are addressing these gaps, and how you can help drive change.