HARRISBURGThe Pennsylvania Department of Aging today hosted the 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Forum, which attracted more than 200 stakeholders to participate virtually. This annual forum is convened to provide education and assess progress on issues related to ADRD, strengthen partnerships and community support, identify how healthcare systems can work collaboratively within their communities, and discuss opportunities to help advance Pennsylvania’s State Plan on ADRD. Secretary of Aging Robert Torres noted that in Pennsylvania, there were 4,150 deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019, there were an estimated 280,000 people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s in 2020 and this number is expected to increase to 320,000 by 2025, and nearly one in every three seniors who dies each year in Pennsylvania has Alzheimer’s or some other dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Task Force was established in 2018.

Secretary of Aging, Robert Torres