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Shapiro’s $1.9M Plan for Alzheimer’s Support in Pennsylvania’s Budget

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro has earmarked a significant portion of his 2024-2025 budget for Alzheimer’s and dementia care, proposing a $1.9 million investment to establish a dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia division within the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. This move comes after years of advocacy by the Alzheimer’s Association and its volunteers, pushing for legislative support to combat these diseases.

The investment aims to bolster state support for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their families, recognizing the profound impact these conditions have on individuals and communities. Alzheimer’s disease, known for its severe cognitive decline, affects millions of Americans, disrupting lives and leaving families in distress. It leads to a deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday activities.

The new division is expected to enhance Pennsylvania’s response to the Alzheimer’s crisis by providing focused support and resources. This includes research funding, public awareness campaigns, and support services tailored to the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

The decision to fund this initiative reflects the growing recognition of Alzheimer’s and dementia as critical public health issues, demanding targeted action and resources. Governor Shapiro’s proposal signifies a substantial step forward in the fight against these debilitating diseases, aiming to improve the quality of life for affected individuals and ease the burden on their families.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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