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Raising Awareness About Alzheimer’s and Dementia

In signing this new legislation, Governor Baker of Massachusetts stated: “Raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia is key to supporting the Massachusetts families who are impacted by this horrible disease.” 

The governor when on to say: “This legislation will enhance efforts to train front-line caregivers on recognizing and treating dementia more effectively, and work with families of loved ones to prepare and manage the effects of Alzheimer’s.”

Senate President Karen E. Spilka noted that the important legislation acknowledges that Alzheimer’s and other dementia affect not just individuals but also communities and families. She went on to say, “as someone who has been affected personally by Alzheimer’s and dementia in my family, I am grateful for this comprehensive approach.”

There are more than 130,000 Massachusetts residents living with dementia.

“Despite its widespread impact, lack of information, fear, and stigma can prevent those affected from feeling safe, socially connected and able to thrive in their communities. Family members often carry the financial and emotional burden from caring for their loved ones,” said Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.

Sudders also said that the law brings the diseases of Alzheimer’s and dementia to the forefront.  It will promote early detection and diagnosis, reduce risk, prevent avoidable hospitalizations, support caregivers and mitigate health disparities.”

The law will create an advisory council and an integrated state plan to effectively address Alzheimer’s disease, and will require that content about Alzheimer’s and related dementias be incorporated into physicians, physician’s assistants, registered nurses and practical nurses continuing medical education programs that are required for the granting or renewal of licensure.

The law will also allow doctors to share an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment plan to a family member or legal personal representative within the existing framework of federal and state privacy laws.

Reference: Framingham Source (August 15, 2018) “Governor Baker Signs Law Strengthening Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment in Massachusetts”

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