April 27, 2021
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Pritzker signs legislation requiring more dementia training for APS workers
Chicago, IL, April 27, 2021 – Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 158, which includes a vital provision that is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association and requires all Adult Protective Services workers and contractors to take 2 hours of dementia training annually. Subjects covered in the training include an overview of dementia, safety risks, communication and understanding behaviors.
Adult Protective Services (APS) plays a critical role on the front lines of preventing abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of adults age 60 or older and adults age 18-59 with disabilities. Many of these adults are impacted by Alzheimer’s and related dementias. It is critical that APS caseworkers receive robust, evidence-based dementia training on a regular basis to ensure they are adequately able to serve and protect this population. “This law ensures APS workers will have the training they need to effectively serve those living with a dementia and we are grateful to the General Assembly and Governor for prioritizing and this initiative” stated Jen Belkov, Vice President of Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.
About the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.