On September 13, 2013, Paul Dietl, the Commonwealth’s Chief Human Resources Officer, signed on to the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance, on behalf of all state employees. Massachusetts is the first state to register, joining 100 businesses who have signed on to the AEDA on behalf of employees. Through this partnership, Massachusetts will now be able to provide Commonwealth employees with easy access to educational information on early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and to help them access resources available for caregivers through the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Association chapter.
State workers will find the information at www.mass.gov/hrd.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and resources to everyone at its website: http://www.alz.org/manh/, or call the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at: 1-800-Age-Info (1-800-236-4636).
Governor Patrick’s leadership in convening the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders State Plan Task Force has led to the development of strategies to help Massachusetts improve the quality of life for the thousands of families affected by Alzheimer’s. With this partnership, we are not only executing on those recommendations, but setting an example for all employers in registering for AEDA resources that will expand awareness of the disease and help people meet its challenges.
In 2010, recognizing the increasing incidence and impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, Governor Patrick convened a task force to develop a state plan with recommendations, goals and strategies for improving the lives of patients and their families. Among the recommendations, the task force included state participation in the Alliance.
State House ceremony included HHS Secretary John Polanowicz; Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne Goldstein; Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein; State Senator Pat Jehlen; President and CEO of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Association James Wessler; COO of Tufts Health Care Tom Croswell; and Director of Community Services at EOEA; Carole Malone.