Missouri Delivers Innovative Services To Alzheimer's Patients

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has received a $330,000 federal grant to demonstrate new approaches in delivering services and supports to people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.

Missouri is one of 22 states to receive a share of $17 million in federal innovation grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal is to offer education, training and support for people with early-stage memory loss so they can remain in their homes and communities.

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"Most of us know someone affected by Alzheimer's disease," says Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, the Official Senior Advocate for Missouri. "This grant is designed to reach people who are still in the early stages of the disease, to help them learn ways to better cope with the changes in their lives and families."

Kinder said people in the early stages can benefit from assistance in coping with the diagnosis, planning for the future and dealing with family changes.

"We want to reach out to people who are still in the early stages of the disease," said Jane Drummond, director of DHSS. "They may have lost their jobs because of the disease, may feel isolated and alone, wondering what will happen to them. They don't need long-term care, but do need innovative education, training and support in their communities. This grant will provide that."

Drummond said the Department partnered with Missouri's four Alzheimer's chapters—Southwest Missouri, Heart of America, Mid-Missouri and St. Louis—to apply for the 18-month grant. She noted that 110,000 people in Missouri have Alzheimer's or another dementia.

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