The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Indiana Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate today. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
On May 15, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final copy of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. The full 60 page report is available at http://www.alz.org/napa
The Greater Indiana Chapter's 2013 Public Policy Platform has been approved by the Board. Please e-mail Michael Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive a copy.
Our major legislative issues in the 2013 Indiana General Assembly are:
-Requiring law enforcement to receive training about Alzheimer's/dementia (HB 1044)
-Implementation of the Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (HB 1182)
-Creation and funding of an Office for Adult Guardianship under the Indiana Supreme Court (HB 1001, which is the budget bill).
Bills are available at www.in.gov Click on Legislature in the right hand bottom corner. Then click Bills & Resolutions; click Overview; and then insert the bill number to see the action and obtain a copy of the bill.
Alzheimer's Disease Task Force Report
In January, 2011, then-Governor Mitch Daniels re-commissioned the Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease and charged the Task Force with creating an Alzheimer's Disease State Plan. The Task Force is comprised of ten individuals with personal and professional experience with the disease. They are:
Stephen Adair Dr. Cathy Schubert Dr. Fred Unverzagt Kathy Segrist Jana Powell
Dr. Anne Hake Ellen Dunnigan Scott Bevington Michael Sullivan Rosella Bennett
They were joined by four members of the General Assembly (Sen. Jean Leising, Sen. Tim Skinner, Rep. Mike Speedy and Rep. John Day), and Terry Whitson of the State Department of Health, Faith Laird from the Division of Aging, and Lynn Smith from the Department of Mental Health. The Task Force first met in March of 2011, and spent the next fifteen months gathering data, listening to various experts, and holding town hall input sessions. The State Plan was approved by the Task Force on October 26, 2012. View the State Plan here.
The Alzheimer's Disease State Plan creates the infrastructure and accountability necessary to make Indiana a dementia-friendly state. Issues addressed include raising public awareness, legal and financial issues, early detection, care coordination and case management, public safety and research.
We wish to thank Governor Daniels, the Task Force members, and the numerous speakers for their input to create this report.
Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.
As an advocate, you will:
The Indiana General Assembly
Indiana State Department of Health Nursing Home Report Card