On Monday, Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Alzheimer’s/Dementia Working Group rolled out the Montana Alzheimer’s State Plan, Montana’s first-ever plan to prepare for and deal with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions.  Bullock said that Montana now has a framework to cooperatively address the full range of issues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia's.
Across the state, 19,000 people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and another 49,000 people provide care for them, while officials expect the number of people affected to grow by 40 percent by 2025.  After a two-year examination of the disease and its effect in Montana by the work group, the plan lays out a set of recommendations to address the social and economic impact it has around the state.  They hope to promote public awareness and provide education, training and tools for health care professionals, along with a system of better data collection.