- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has instructed the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to improve its Alzheimer’s disease services.

The governor issued an executive order Tuesday instructing the Aging Services Division of DHS, in consultation with the Oklahoma chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, to revise the state’s plan for dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mark Fried, president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, says new challenges have surfaced since the original state plan was developed in 2009. Fried says more than 60,000 Oklahomans now live with the disease, and more than 220,000 serve as unpaid family caregivers.

The governor’s executive order calls for developing recommendations for state policies, such as providing clear and coordinated services and support for persons and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

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