You are here

Dementia Task Force Wants Your Input

August 9, 2013
A daughter helps her elderly father as they walk around a garden.

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 14.3% of older Georgia residents — 1 of every 7 — report increasing incidence of confusion or memory loss. Of those, nearly 80% have yet to speak with their doctors about the issue. While not all cases of confusion and memory loss lead to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, more than 120,000 Georgians currently live with the disease.

The national statistics are even more startling. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association, and health statisticians expect that number to grow to 16 million by 2050. By that time, an older American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

To plan for the needs of this aging population, the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Task Force seeks your input. Throughout August, the task force will host public forums and accept your comments.

For Dr. James Bulot, task force chairman and director of the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, community input is critical.

“This plan must represent the very real everyday needs of Georgians," he said. “The task force’s plan will become Georgia’s blueprint for improving dementia prevention and treatment, community services, family support and public awareness."

Get involved and learn more at the Georgia Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services.

GeorgiaGov Writer Noralil Ryan Fores

About the Author

Noralil Ryan Fores writes about business, taxes, elections and the environment for GeorgiaGov. She's a graduate of Florida State University's film school and Syracuse University's journalism program.

You might like...

April 6, 2017

Are you raising your relative’s child? Find resources and support with the Kinship Navigator program.

March 7, 2017

If you use COMPASS to manage your state-administered benefits, you might've already noticed that the online portal is transitioning to Georgia Gateway. See how the change affects you.

February 9, 2017

Do you see your heating bill growing higher and higher? If you’re considered a low-income family, you may be eligible for energy assistance through the Division of Family and Children Services.