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05/23/2018

Wolf Administration Launches Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force

Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced the formation of Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. The task force was created to take a lead role in implementing and championing the goals and recommendations of Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. 

“Over 400,000 Pennsylvanians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder and the toll of this disease extends beyond those affected to their families, friends, and communities,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this task force will have on Pennsylvania’s fight against Alzheimer’s.”

Objectives of the task force include:

  • Working with local organizations, entities, advocates, and other stakeholders to identify and share best practices that support the goals and the overall success of the plan
  • Leading efforts to review and revise the state plan, as necessary
  • Developing and facilitating the actions needed to carry out the plan
  • Pursuing research and reviewing any other issues that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Assisting in planning the annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum
  • Assisting in the development of an annual update to the plan

“The Wolf Administration is committed to embracing and supporting Pennsylvanians who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “We are confident that the task force will help us ensure that home and community-based services and supports are available, accessible, and responsive to the needs of both caregivers and those living with dementia.”  

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. 

Task force members include:

  • Robert (Bob) Marino, co-chair – Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, Member, Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council
  • Dennis (Mickey) Flynn, co-chair – Member, Pennsylvania Council on Aging
  • Kathy Cubit – Director of Advocacy, CARIE
  • Clayton Jacobs – Vice President of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter
  • Vincenza (Jen) Martchek – Board Member, Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging
  • Melissa Bottorf – President, River Valley Senior Providers Group
  • LuAnn Oatman – President and CEO, Berks Encore
  • Cindy Odell – Volunteer/Advocate, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
  • Jeffrey Rose – Local Recovery Coordinator, Erie VAMC Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Liz Bradbury – Director of the Training Institute, Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • James F. Butt – Volunteer/Advocate, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Kathleen Gillespie – Director, Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging
  • Stacie Bonenberger – Senior Quality Improvement Specialist, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
  • Linda Zaneski – Associate Chief of Nursing, Geriatrics Wilkes-Barre VA
  • Jennifer Holcomb – Director of Memory Support, Cross Keys Village

For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit aging.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Drew Wilburne, 717-705-3702

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