National Alzheimer’s Plan Released

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft National Alzheimer’s Plan outlining goals, strategies, and actions needed to address the growing numbers of individuals who have the disease.  The plan emphases the need for long term services and supports systems designed to meet the needs of caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementia.  Although the plan makes mention of individuals with intellectual disabilities, The Arc believes that much more emphasis is needed to address individuals with I/DD and Alzheimer’s.  People with Down syndrome tend to experience the challenges of Alzheimer’s at younger ages than the typical population.  The needs of individuals with I/DD and Alzheimer’s pose special challenges to the service system.  The Arc is submitting comments to HHS urging inclusion of people with I/DD throughout the National Alzheimer’s Plan.

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