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[r23] Alzheimer’s bill passes the Senate
Start Date: 3/15/2013Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 3/15/2013End Time: 1:59 PM
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Alzheimer’s bill passes the Senate

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1044, authored by Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and co-authored by Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the Senate this week with a unanimous vote and will now be sent to Governor Pence to be signed into law.

HB 1044 requires the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to provide training regarding persons with Alzheimer's disease or related senile dementia and missing high-risk adults. This training will be added to the yearly, mandatory in-service training program. Officers currently go through training on autism, mental illness, addictive disorders, mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

“Our men and women in uniform should have the training and expertise to deal with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia,” said Rep. Friend. 

Rep. Friend decided to author HB 1044 following an incident in his district where a man with Alzheimer’s disease was tasered for resisting an officer. The number of people with this disease has been increasing each year. 

The Alzheimer’s Association reported in 2012 that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is projected to double by 2050, making the reality of this problem even more apparent. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia with more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. In 2010, more than 120,000 Hoosiers 65 and older were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and that number is expected to reach 130,000 by 2025.

“This disease is becoming more widespread, and the intent of the legislation is to help law enforcement officers take proper action when interacting with people who have the disease,” said Rep. Friend. “This bill is a good educational piece to better assist these individuals.”

For more information regarding HB 1044, please visit

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Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
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