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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Administration on Aging announces grants to enhance state Alzheimer’s services

Four states to develop model systems for delivering services to people with disabilities

Ohio, New York, Georgia and Minnesota today received funding to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent and healthy in their communities.

Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee announced today that the four states will use a total of $12.8 million in grants to accelerate development of comprehensive, integrated systems that can serve as models for other states. The models will demonstrate how to enhance state systems to provide consumers, including individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, or their caregivers with simplified, streamlined access to needed services.

The coordinated approaches developed with this funding will support those eligible who need help at home, with energy assistance, and caregiver training. The grants will also strengthen access to all information on support services for consumers, regardless of the source of funding.

“It is fitting that we announce these awards during World Alzheimer’s Month. Our home and community-based service system must be responsive to the unique needs of all, including those with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Assistant Secretary Greenlee. “We are responding to families who tell us that they want easy access to appropriate services and supports, both public and private, that can help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent in the community.”

States are working with Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, Alzheimer’s associations, health departments, and community-based organizations to increase access to evidence-based caregiver support programs and health and prevention programs. A goal of this effort is to identify persons with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders so their needs and the needs of their caregivers are addressed. The Administration on Aging is awarding each grantee a fully funded three-year cooperative agreement.

States must also ensure access to a comprehensive set of dementia-capable, high-quality services that are evidence-based and promote community living, health and independence for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers. These long-term services and supports will ensure maximum choice for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers including options counseling, streamlined eligibility determinations, evidenced-based health promotion programs, and care coordination for those transitioning from hospitals or nursing facilities to home.

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