bill establishing a pilot program for Alzheimer’s disease approved | News

Legislation to establish a three-year pilot program for Alzheimer’s care in Tennessee has been passed by the state’s General Assembly.

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Respite Care Program will provide respite care services to families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as well as people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The bill is named in memory of retired Army Col. Thomas G. Bowden, a Tullahoma native with 26 years of service in the military and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal. Bowden died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 68.

State Sen. Shane Reeves, R-Murfreesboro, was the lead sponsor of the bill, which was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

State Sen. Rusty Crowe, R-Johnson City, co-sponsor of the bill, released the following statement regarding the legislation:

“Several years ago, we created the Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. This bill is the result of study and research by this task force, on which Ms. Barbara Bowden, Colonel Bowden’s wife, and I sat for several years. I am very proud of the work done by Senator Reeves as our main sponsor, and I know that this pilot project will benefit the lives of families who act as caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. related.

The pilot program will be administered by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, which has offices across the state.

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