Client(s): Vermont Department of Aging & Independent Living
Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning
Technical Expertise: Aging, Chronic Disease Management
The incidence of dementia is expected to increase significantly as the population of individuals over 65 grows. In Vermont where more than 20% of the state's population will be over the age of 65 by 2020, this is of particular concern.
In order to better understand how the estimated increase in people with dementia will be met with a corresponding increase in the number of resources including caregivers, specialized care units, workforce, respite etc., the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living in their efforts to design and develop a state plan on aging, convened a subcommittee of the Governor's Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.
In collaboration with these stakeholders JSI developed a State Plan on Dementia which outlined the strategic programming to improve existing services for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders as well as project the future service needs of the population. The project consisted of a literature review, focus groups, key informant interviews and facilitating a steering committee to guide the development of the plan and the resulting recommendations.