Philadelphia - Gov. Tom Corbett today signed an Executive Order establishing the
Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease State Planning Committee.
The committee will work to create a state plan to address the growing Alzheimer's
disease crisis in Pennsylvania.
"Since Pennsylvania is the fourth 'oldest' state in the nation, it is critical that we
unite to find a cure and help those who are living with Alzheimer's disease, as well
as those who care for them," Corbett said. "This committee will bring together
experts to address the challenging issues related to this disease."
Corbett signed the executive order at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman
School of Medicine. The school's Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of two
Pennsylvania centers funded by the National Institute of Health for advanced
research in Alzheimer's disease. Through this funding, dramatic advances have
been developed for more effective therapies in treating Alzheimer's disease.
Over 400,000 Pennsylvanians are currently living with Alzheimer's disease and
related dementias. Someone new is diagnosed every 69 seconds in the United
Secretary of Aging Brian Duke will serve as the chairperson of the committee that
will examine the needs and research the trends of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's
"With the growing incidence of Alzheimer's disease and the increase in older adult
population, it is critical that Pennsylvania develops a plan of action," Duke said. "I
look forward to working with the committee to design a plan that will complement
existing programs and create new pathways for identification and treatment."
The committee will include representatives from various state agencies as well as
those personally impacted by Alzheimer's disease. They will have one year to
develop a planned approach for Pennsylvania relating to Alzheimer's disease and
other related brain disorders.
"The establishment of the State Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee is a timely
and important initiative, and it comes when there is real hope in the Alzheimer's
research community," said John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D., director of the
University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Core Center.
"We are within striking distance of finding ways to slow or delay the progression of
Alzheimer's disease and related disorders such as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal degeneration. This initiative will accelerate
"Both Pennsylvania Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association thank Governor Corbett
for establishing an Alzheimer's State Plan by Executive Order," Robert Marino of the
Alzheimer's Association's Delaware Valley Chapter. "His action shows a great
dedication to helping those who cannot help themselves."
The establishment of the Alzheimer's Disease State Planning Committee is effective
(From PA Internet Service and Governor's Office)