Van Drew Measure Would Establish New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew which would establish the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission has been unanimously approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are roughly 5.3 million Americans who are currently living with the disease. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, that number will only increase,” said Senator Van Drew, D-Cape May and Atlantic. “When it comes to diseases like Alzheimer’s, knowledge and up-to-date information are key. Through this Commission, we would be better able to examine the information currently available about Alzheimer’s, so we can ensure that affected New Jerseyans receive the best possible care.”

Senator Van Drew’s measure, S-125, would create the 11-member Commission within the Department of Health and Senior Services, and it would be responsible for reviewing the State’s current Alzheimer’s statistics. The Commission would also examine the State’s role in long-term care, as well as the availability and affordability of existing services, programs and facilities.

The membership of the unpaid panel would be comprised of representatives of the commissioners of Health and Senior Services and Human Services, as well as nine public members including representatives of State Alzheimer’s associations, individuals who care for people living with Alzheimer’s, and an attorney with expertise elder care issues.

The Commission would be responsible for issuing a report on its findings to the Legislature and the Governor, no less than two years after all 11 appointments are filled.

This measure now heads to the full Senate for approval.

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