The state of elder law is not exactly where it should be at the federal level. It is a fairly new concept in the legal field that still needs plenty of attention to make it a solid area that provides adequate protection to the elderly population.
Despite this, states have stepped up to do what they can to help this population get proper protection and security. One group that is especially at risk are those who have Alzheimer’s disease. This condition is debilitating and takes away a person’s ability to care for oneself. If you have it, you become reliant on others to protect you and keep you healthy and safe.
In Delaware, according to Delaware.gov, the state has the Delaware Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative. It began with a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging. The Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities runs the program.
With the grant money, the DSAAPD decided to work with the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter to help bring about improvements to the current system of long-term care and support in the state with a specific focus on care for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
The initiative worked to increase training for family caregivers and to help provide them with needed resources. It also helped to better the Community Living Program that offers services to those with Alzheimer’s disease.
It expanded a voucher program that provided respite vouchers to caregivers. It also designed and implemented a sensor technology program that would help patients who live alone to live safe and healthy.