Planning for Alzheimer’s Care

We Americans are very fond of plans: lesson plans in school; game plans on the playing field; battle plans to thwart an enemy. And what more epic and timely arena for a plan than in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease?
The earliest comprehensive books about Alzheimer’s (“The 36 Hour Day, for example) as well as more recent publications (such as “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan) all advocate planning as necessary for combating the characteristic changes and declines of the disease. And now federal and state governments are getting in on the action. A National Alzheimer’s Strategic Plan was released in 2009; California began the process of creating a response to the disease in September of 2009; and our own state introduced its own 5-year State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease on April 23, 2010.
Based upon initial work of the Alzheimer’s Study Group, the state plan establishes goals for addressing each of the following aspects of the disease: Science, Prevention and Brain Health, Disease Management, Caregiving, and Infrastructure.
For me, the most heartening aspect of the day was the packed room that assembled to hear the plan and contribute their thoughts and ideas. With such an impassioned response, Texas has demonstrated its determination to strike back at an insidious and stealthy opponent. “Remember the Alamo” indeed. With this plan, we all remember and join with our fellow Texans who are engaged in the fight of their lives.
Do you have any thoughts or comments about Texas’ plan? Feel free to comment on this post or e-mail me at: ajuba@ageofaustin.org.

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