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Ohio Senate Proposes for Alzheimer's plan

Photo of Sen. Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) shakes hands with Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) as they talk about their bill. Watching are Rod and Jennifer Blough of Dublin. Rod Blough has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and Lewy
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Sen. Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) shakes hands with Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) as they talk about their bill. Watching are Rod and Jennifer Blough of Dublin. Rod Blough has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and Lewy body deme";

Two state senators say Ohio needs to come up with a comprehensive plan to deal with rising numbers of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia that are likely in the next few decades. 

“We have a runaway train coming at us. That train is fueled by demographics.”

Republican Sen. Steve Wilson says the lifetimes and population of senior citizens in Ohio will increase, along with the spread of Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Democratic Minority Leader Kenny Yuko says 5.7 million Americans, including 220,000 Ohioans, are living with those diseases.

“Some estimates predict that these numbers will nearly triple by the year 2050.”

The senators say Ohio is the only state without a plan to handle what they call this pending crisis. Their bill would create a thorough review to come up with steps that can be taken over the next few years to provide support for people with dementia and their families and caregivers.