BOISE -- A statewide plan for Idahoans with Alzheimer's disease passed through the House Ways and Means Committee today.
This plan was developed over the last two years by Idaho's Alzheimer's Planning Group. The group includes Boise State's Center for the Study of Aging and other agencies like AARP, Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare, and the Idaho Commission on Aging.
The group will have to wait a little longer as it heads to the floor. If passed, the group looks to obtain grants and other funding to further research efforts for Alzheimer's disease and all related dementias - diseases that are growing in Idaho.
"So, based on statistics right now, there are about twenty-six-thousand people in Idaho with Alzheimer's disease. Which is about enough to fill Broncos Stadium. That number's going to double here, in the next ten to twenty years." said Troy Rohn, Professor of Biological Sciences for Boise State University.
Idaho is projected to have the 5th highest increase of residents with Alzheimer's in the nation.