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State of Illinois Passes Three Major Pieces of Legislation for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Illinois Cognitive Resources Network

During the recently-concluded legislative session, our Illinois Senators and Representatives truly made Alzheimer’s and all dementia a priority! 

This year the legislature passed THREE initiatives, led by the Alzheimer’ s Association Illinois Chapter:

First-in-the-nation legislation to ensure doctors and all healthcare providers serving adults receive regular dementia training.  This training is critical because less than half of those living with a dementia receive a diagnosis, leaving people unable to plan for the future, ineligible to participate in cutting edge scientific studies, and unaware of existing resources.

Second, a bill to extend the Alzheimer’s scratch-off lottery ticket for 3 years, allowing this ticket to continue to raise critical funding for Alzheimer’s care, support, education, and awareness right here in Illinois.

Third, an initiative to ensure that those on the front lines protecting older adults from abuse and neglect in Adult Protective Services have the necessary training on dementia to effectively communicate with and serve this vulnerable population. In fact, Governor Pritzker recently signed this bill into law!

Please click the button below to take 2 minutes to recognize your legislators for their leadership during this session to bring Illinois closer to becoming a dementia-capable state!  

Click HERE to thank your leaders!

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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