The Vermont Legislature established the Governor’s Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in 1991. Since its inception, the Commission has provided leadership on a number of public policy matters specific to the needs and concerns of people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia (ADRD).
Family caregivers are critical to the success of seniors and people with disabilities living in the community. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that in 2012 30,000 Vermont caregivers provided 34 million hours of unpaid care to people with dementia.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults and that Vermont was ranked 41st in the nation with regards to the % of adults 65 and older who had reported falling in the last 12 months? (America’s Health Rankings Senior Report)