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Maine Unveils its First Alzheimer's Management Plan
03/14/2013 04:53 PM ET  

The plan comes two years after Maine lawmakers pass legislation aimed at addressing the state's increasing number of people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Maine officials today unveiled the state's first-ever plan to manage Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The multi-agency plan follows legislation passed two years ago as a way to address the age-related diseases that currently afflict 37,000 Mainers.

"We are expected to have more than 53,000 individuals in Maine living with the disease by just 2020," says Jessica James from the Maine Alzheimer's Association.

James says that with Maine's burgeoning elder population, the state plan is a good first step toward raising awareness about different kinds of dementia, as well as creating better support plans for families and caregivers.

This story was written and reported by Jennifer Mitchell.


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