Today, state Sens. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and Steve Wilson’s (R-Maineville) bill to create a statewide Alzheimer’s Task Force, Senate Bill 24, was approved by the Ohio House.
“I’m happy to announce that Ohio will finally create an Alzheimer’s Task Force,” said Yuko. “This statewide panel of experts will help us improve services for patients and caregivers, build awareness about the disease and prepare our communities for the impact of an aging population. We all know someone impacted by Alzheimer’s or dementia and we owe it to them to seek out the best information out there.”
The 28-member Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force will research the impact of dementia-related diseases in Ohio and recommend ways for the state to improve services and support. The task force will submit a report detailing its findings and recommendations to the Governor and legislature no later than 18 months after the bill’s effective date.
Nearly one million Ohioans are directly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. An estimated 220,000 Ohioans currently live with dementia, and for each affected individual, there are typically two to three caregivers providing them support.
Due to minor changes to the bill made in the House, SB 24 will return to the Senate for final approval before it is sent to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature.
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