Colyer establishes task force to focus on Alzheimer's in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Friday issued an executive order establishing the Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Working Group. The governor's office says this working group will include legislators, stakeholders, citizens and "representatives of organizations intimately familiar with (Alzheimer's)."

“There are over 53,000 Kansans living with Alzheimer’s with more than 151,000 caregivers in the state who are caring for loved ones with the disease,” Colyer says. “Kansas is the only state in the nation that is not currently drafting or implementing a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Disease Plan. It is my hope that this working group will provide research, guidance, and recommendations so we can begin developing one of these plans immediately.”

The governor's office says the working group's goals include, but are not limited to:

*Assessing the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease on residents of the State of Kansas;

*Examining the existing industries, services and resources addressing the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers; and

*Developing a strategy to mobilize a state response to this public health crisis.