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Wilson Character Kids -- Responsibility
|Responsibility is the character trait Wilson students will be learning about during the month of September. The 2nd grade classes chose their responsible students for the first week of September. They are: (from left to right) Jesston Bruner, Clayton Florea, Cody Francis, Ethan Cole, Ethan Hancock, Jordan Watson, Angela Her, and Kendra Choate. -- Lee Ann Due (9/1/2009) -- Previous Coverage|
The Oklahoma Thunder claimed their second straight minor league World Championship in the World Bowl III August 29th, 2009 at Lafortune Park in Tulsa. They defeated the Dallas Diesel 43-12. Ricky Rimpley, a 2004 CHS graduate, recorded 14 tackles for the Thunder this season. The Thunder had defeated the Austin Gamebreakers 101-6 the week before in the playoffs.
Alzheimers Task Force Report
state-wide Alzheimers Task Force Report is being released today. The full
report will be posted on our website: www.alz.org/alzokar
Tonda L. Ames, APR, MS/ Vice President of Marketing and Programs/ Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter/ 6465 S. Yale, Suite 312/ Tulsa, OK, 74136/ 918-481-7782
and Arkansas Chapter
For Immediate Release
September 1, 2009
Alzheimers Task Force Releases Final Report
There are many health care issues facing the baby boomer generation, but none more urgent than Alzheimers disease. By 2010, approximately 74,000 Oklahomans will have Alzheimers disease and is expected to increase by 30% over the next 15 years. Whether they are the person with the disease or a caregiver, the demands of the disease are expensive and, oftentimes, overwhelming.
On April 29, 2008, Governor Brad Henry signed Senate Bill 2186 establishing the Task Force on the Effect of Alzheimers disease in Oklahoma to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimers disease; examine the existing industries, services and resources addressing the needs of persons living with Alzheimers disease, their families and caregivers; and to develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to this public health crisis.
In the last decade, Oklahoma has experienced a 19% increase of people with Alzheimers or a related dementia and this escalating epidemic will increase significantly over the next 20 years, said Task Force member Mark Fried, executive vice president of the Alzheimers Association Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter. The statistical trends reveal that Alzheimers disease is the public health threat of the 21st century.
Since December, the task force has examined the current resources available in the state to address its various challenges. In its final report, the task force provides 23 recommendations designed to improve how Oklahomans are impacted by Alzheimers disease and related dementias.
The report addresses three main areas in a problem-oriented approach: promote standards of care; identify and promote support services; and, create a formal system for recording statistics. The complete list of recommendations include the following:
· Establish and fund a statewide information and referral system for Alzheimers patients, caregivers and their families to connect with local case management, support services and information.
Medical and direct care staff at any nursing home, assisted living facility, adult
day center, skilled nursing facility, home health agency of hospice agency that
is licensed by the state or receiving state funding should be required by law
to complete four hours of in-service training per year in Alzheimers and
dementia related care.
· Create culturally competent public service announcements to raise the level of public education about brain health and the warning signs of Alzheimers and dementia, some of which should specifically target populations with disproportionately higher rates of these diseases.
· Require that the diagnosis of Alzheimers and related dementias be made an essential competency in state medical schools by 2012, while also providing incentives to physicians to complete dementia-specific modules in the re-licensing process.
· Create a student loan forgiveness program for medical school students who specialize in geriatrics and practice in the state of Oklahoma.
· Implement an automatic reminder on Electronic Medical Records requiring physicians offices to provide referral of diagnosed patients to the Alzheimers Association upon diagnosis of Alzheimers disease or related dementias.
· Revise Disclosure Form 613 with the Oklahoma Department of Health to include specific information that qualifies the facility as a specialized care facility. Facilities should not be allowed to advertise an Alzheimers unit until the disclosure form has been approved designating their unit as such. The form must specify minimum standards a facility must maintain to be designated as an Alzheimers care unit.
· Dedicate a funding source for all future long-term care services.
· Increase the daily reimbursement rate for funding for Adult Day Center services, as well as increase the number of locations across the state.
The task forces recommendations were designed with the caregiver and the person with the disease in mind, Fried said. Governor Henry and the state legislatures willingness to call for this task force was an important first step. The final report assesses the impact of the disease on our state, examines the existing resources for those living with the disease, their caregivers and families, and develops a strategy to mobilize a state response to the inevitable public health crisis. This plan will help the legislature identify effective strategies for how the state can face Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association applauds the task force members for their commitment to raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease among their colleagues, said Fried. The task force has been unwavering in its commitment to encourage and foster open discussion about public policy solutions to help meet the long-term care needs of people living with Alzheimer's, and to increase awareness of the disease and its impact on families, the health care system, the government and society.
The Alzheimers Association is the largest voluntary health organization in the country with the dual mission of conquering Alzheimers disease through research and enhancing care and support for people with the disease, their families, and caregivers. The Association provides a 24-hour Helpline (1-800-272-3900), support groups, education programs, care consultation, information and referral, Safe Return (a national program to help find people with dementia who become lost). For more information about Alzheimers disease visit www.alz.org.
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