Dementia-Capable North Carolina: A Strategic Plan for Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Published March 8, 2016

NCIOM Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Abstract

Dementia is a set of symptoms caused by underlying brain malfunction that typically includes memory loss, language difficulty, and impaired judgment. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common (and arguably the most well-known) brain disorder that cause dementia. Through a mandate from the North Carolina General Assembly, the Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias was charged with developing an actionable strategic plan for the state of North Carolina that would address 16 topics pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

 

The Task Force recommendations aim to improve statewide awareness and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to support people with dementia and their families, to improve and enhance services that support greater quality of life, to reach underserved populations, and to improve data collection and research around treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.