JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A state report on Alzheimer's disease says Missouri should focus on diagnosing cases early, making services available and improving training for health care workers.
Officials estimate that more than 110,000 Missourians currently have Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia. That is expected to increase to more than 130,000 in the next 15 years.
The report was produced by a task force led by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. The 19-member task force included state agencies, doctors, lawmakers and a member with early stage dementia.
It recommends steps such as including training for Alzheimer's disease in the ongoing instruction for first responders and identifying guidelines for diagnosing dementia.
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