Representatives of the Dementia Peer Coalition (DPC) and LiveWell presented to the Connecticut Senate members of the Aging Committee in support of SB 827, An Act Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Training and best practices.
Bob Savage, founder of the DPC and a person living well with dementia, and Erica DeFrancesco, Director of Community Education at LiveWell spoke before the committee on February 19, 2019 in favor of SB 827, An Act Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Training and Best Practices, and specifically in favor of the establishment of a work group to review and update the current set of recommendations established by the Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia established in 2013. https://www.ct.gov/…/agingservices/pdf/alzheimerstaskforcef…
“We want and need to continue contributing to our families, communities and society” said Bob Savage. “We need to be educating the public, creating and leading advocacy efforts, influencing change, policy, services and supports. We need to be designing new ways of living and influencing the services and supports designed for us.”
In addition, they urged the committee to include on the list of task force members persons living well with dementia. Additionally, they also supported a requirement for healthcare professionals who are renewing their license to complete a one-time course not exceeding eight hours on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.