Volunteer advocates from across the state will urge lawmakers to pass legislation to help Hoosiers affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia during the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter’s State Advocacy Day, Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Indiana Statehouse. This will be the Chapter’s first in-person Advocacy Day since the pandemic.

Advocates will push for the Association’s top legislative priority, House Bill 1422, authored by Rep. Gregory Porter (D-Indianapolis) and Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond). The bill would establish a Dementia Care Specialist Program, directing each of the state’s Area Agencies on Aging to create full time positions that will bring dementia expertise to local communities. Dementia Care Specialists would provide community education and help connect caregivers with resources. These services can help individuals stay in their homes and remain active in their communities longer. The program would cost about $1.5 million a year over the course of two years. A similar program in North Dakota yielded more than $39 million in long-term savings.