The Ohio Department of Aging is spearheading a collaboration of state organizations to create an Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Statewide Resource Program. This initiative combines approaches toward building and developing a dementia-prepared caregiver workforce in Ohio, providing an array of resources to paid/unpaid caregivers and industry professionals.
The program’s first priority is developing and implementing a statewide screening tool and referral process operational by summer 2023. A training curriculum for industry professionals, family caregivers, and the general public is expected to be available by October 2023.
The initiative includes opening a statewide Caregiver Center for Dementia Care in central Ohio this year featuring both in-person and virtual programming and resources. This center will focus on developing and strengthening the knowledge, skills, and supports for family and professional caregivers, and emphasize outreach to underserved populations and older Ohioans who have economic or social need.
Additional information is available from the Ohio Department of Aging. Local resources concerning Alzheimer’s Disease and living with other dementias can be found from the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter.