McKee announces update to state plan on Alzheimer’s disease

March 3, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Lt. Governor Daniel McKee says a state response to Alzheimer’s disease has been updated with recommendations for providing better support and services.

Among the ideas, the state plan recommends allocating a director-level position within the health department to coordinate implementing the plan, and promoting research opportunities.

McKee says Alzheimer’s disease is a challenging public health issue and the state’s response needs to be unified.

McKee began working to update the 2013 initiative a year ago. He secured $30,000 in grants to hire a health policy research firm.

The recommendations are based on input gathered from town hall meetings, expert interviews and surveys of residents.

Democratic Rep. Mia Ackerman, of Cumberland, and Democratic Sen. Cynthia Coyne, of Barrington, are sponsoring legislative resolutions to endorse the update.