A new law in Massachusetts may help with Alzheimer’s awareness there.
Alzheimer’s is not a fun topic of conversation.
It is hard to talk about and I do not particularly enjoy writing about it.
Alzheimer's is something many do not fully understand.
According to a recent Framingham Source article titled “Governor Baker Signs Law Strengthening Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment in Massachusetts,” people should know more.
Alzheimer’s does not happen in isolation.
It affects communities and families.
In Massachusetts alone more than 130,000 resident are living with dementia.
What will the law do to help?
It will promote early testing and detection.
Consequently, the law will work to reduce risks associated with diagnosis and treatment, while seeking to minimize situations where patients are hospitalized after avoidable circumstances.
The law will also help support caregivers.
Medical professionals will be better equipped as more specific education will be required for renewal of licenses.
In the process, the law will also enable doctors and other medical professionals to communicate the diagnosis and treatment plan to family members and other representatives within state and federal privacy laws.
Reference: Framingham Source (August 15, 2018) “Governor Baker Signs Law Strengthening Alzheimer’s and Dementia Treatment in Massachusetts”