DES MOINES, Iowa — On Monday, Iowans from across the state went to the Iowa Capitol, advocating for improvement in dementia care.
Looking to help the 66,000 Iowans currently living with the disease, the Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter rallied at the statehouse, asking lawmakers to add a dementia service specialist to each of the six area agencies on aging.
Estimating it would cost $750,000, the association said it pays for itself if it can keep 13 Iowans with dementia out of long term care facilities each year.
It will provide much needed care for people that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and their families when they need to figure out what services are out there and what they need to do to prepare for the future," Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter public policy director, Robyn Mills said.
They're also hoping lawmakers will create a task force to review the Alzheimer's state plan every three to five years.