By Kristin Gourlay
Providence, RI – Nearly 25,000 Rhode Islanders are living with Alzheimer's. And while there are many efforts to address their needs, and lots of cutting edge research here to prevent and treat it, there hasn't been a strategy to coordinate those initiatives. So this spring, the state legislature called for a group of experts and community stakeholders to come up with a plan, and now they've gotten started.
Part of their charge includes figuring out how to improve access to care, offering the right kind of care, and supporting families caring for Alzheimer's patients. The so-called State Plan for Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Working Group is charged with delivering a final plan by next summer. They plan to hold some public meetings along the way.