Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania
Department of Aging, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association of Area
Agencies on Aging, Music & Memory®, and the Greater Pennsylvania and
Delaware Valley Alzheimer’s Association chapters, received a three-year grant
to improve the state’s efforts in serving individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease
and Related Disorders (ADRD). In addition to the $650,000 grant, the department
will be allocating $300,000 as a match, amounting to a total investment of
$950,000 for improving the commonwealth’s dementia services capabilities.
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community
Living, the State and Community Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative (ADPI)
Awards are three-year cooperative agreements with a total value of $16,913,374.
The 2018 awardees are located in 13 states across the country, and include 15
community organizations and four state agencies, including the Pennsylvania
Department of Aging.
this competitive ADPI grant is a tremendous honor,” said Secretary of Aging
Teresa Osborne. “The Wolf Administration has remained diligent in pursuing
innovative ways to support older Pennsylvanians to age in place with dignity
and respect. This grant exemplifies our commitment that through cross-sector
engagement we can work together to responsibly and creatively meet the needs of
the individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the caregivers who journey with
“Improving PA’s Dementia Capability” project, the grant will allow the
department and its partners to focus on making information more readily
available and services and supports more accessible for persons diagnosed with
ADRD and their caregivers. These efforts will include enhancing websites with
updated information and resources relative to ADRD, creating an improved
dementia curriculum for PA Link to Aging and Disability Resource partners,
Person Centered Counselors, and Area Agency on Aging Care Managers that will
focus specifically on enhancing their ability to identify and communicate in a
person-centered manner with individuals diagnosed with a dementia and their
caregivers, and implementing the Music & Memory® program in the majority of
Pennsylvania’s area agencies on aging.
Created by social worker Dan Cohen, Music & Memory® helps individuals living with Alzheimer’s, dementia,
and other related disorders reconnect with the world by triggering positive
memories through music. Program goals include reducing behavioral problems and
lessening or totally discontinuing the reliance on anti-psychotic medications
for the person diagnosed, while minimizing stress on the caregiver and
simultaneously maintaining stability. The individualized music program trains
the caregiver on how to introduce and use personalized music and digital music
technology into the life of their loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s or
dementia in order to vastly improve their quality of life. Music and Memory®
is currently available in various long-term care
settings in Pennsylvania, but is not typically offered to individuals living in
their homes or communities.
is home to approximately 3 million adults age 60 and older, and more than
300,000 age 85 and older. An estimated 280,000 Pennsylvania residents are
living with Alzheimer’s disease, and when including related dementias, the
estimate is closer to 400,000 – translating to one in 12 Pennsylvania families.
In 2014, the Department of Aging released Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related
Disorders. Since the plan was developed, the department has held three
statewide forums and seven regional roundtable discussions to engage with
stakeholders and inspire action at the local level. Earlier this year the
department announced the formation of Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan
Task Force. The task force is made up of dedicated Alzheimer’s advocates who
have each been touched by this disease and are committed to taking a lead role
in implementing and championing the goals and recommendations of Pennsylvania’s
State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.
To learn more
about Alzheimer’s disease, visit alz.org. To learn more about the Music & Memory®
program, visit musicandmemory.org. To learn more about the Pennsylvania
Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov.
Drew Wilburne, 717-705-3702