State lawmaker announces statewide Alzheimer's and dementia plan - CBS46 News

State lawmaker announces statewide Alzheimer's and dementia plan

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The state is taking a closer look at Alzheimer's and dementia-related diseases.

Friday morning at the state Capitol, State Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) announced the findings of a joint CDC-Department of Health study.

It revealed that 78 percent of Georgians have the potential of being affected by one of these disease later in life.

"These people are going to deserve and have the right to be able to have services and we are one of the few states left in the nation that does not have a statewide plan, unfortunately," she said.

Unterman sponsored a bill that will develop a statewide plan to handle baby boomers and deals with how the state will fund and take care of people with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

She was joined at the news conference by the newly-created Alzheimer's and Related Dementia State Plan Task Force, which has its first meeting this summer.

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