New legislation to improve dementia care

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two recently passed bills aim to improve care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 75,000 people in Kentucky live with Alzheimer’s.

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Senate Bill 61 would require six hours of dementia-specific training for home health and personal service aides and three hours of continuing education on an annual basis.

Senate Bill 74 would create a state “Dementia Services Coordinator” position.

That person would manage a statewide plan to address Alzheimer’s and would apply for federal funding.

Director of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association Mackenzie Longoria says now it’s a waiting process.

“Next steps officially as far as the legislative process goes, they’ll be heading to Governor Beshear’s desk and I think he’s got quite a few bills right now that he’s got to work on during this period of time so we’ll kind of just be in a holding pattern,” Longoria said.