Utah’s seniors to benefit from million dollar appropriation


This month the Utah State Legislature passed a million dollar appropriation to help fund the state’s plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia.

Ronnie Daniel, the Executive Director of the Utah’s Alzheimer’s Association, joined us in studio to talk about what the plan entails.

Daniel said the funding will go to the direct care and awareness of Utah’s aging population.

“Seventy-five percent of the funding will go to the Division of Aging and Adult Services to be used to strengthen the existing Medicaid Aging Waiver and the Alternatives Program, which provide in-home services for seniors who are at risk of assisted living placement,” he said.

The Caregiver Services Program and the Division of Aging and Adult Services will also receive funding.

The rest of the appropriation will go to the Utah Department of Health to fund the state plan.

“Specifically, the funding will be used to increase healthcare provider education about the importance of early dementia diagnosis and care options for their patients,” Daniel said.

The UDOH offers caregiver training and will partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide quality patient and family consultations.

“We appreciate the leadership of Rep. Paul Ray, the sponsor of the request, as well as the part that Senator Alan Christensen played as co-chair of the Social Services Appropriation Subcommittee with Rep. Ray in prioritizing the request. We also thank the leadership of the State Legislature for recognizing the importance of funding the State Alzheimer’s Plan will be as our senior population continues to grow.”

For more about Utah’s Alzheimer’s Association visit www.alz.org.

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