Office of Dementia Services

​​​​​​The Office of Dementia Services (ODS) oversees the administration of statewide programs and services and manages policy information and resources affecting residents in Kentucky with dementia, their caregivers and families.

The ODS dementia services coordinator is responsible for:

  • Creating, implementing and updating the Kentucky Alzheimer's and Related Dementias State Plan;
  • Coordinating and managing the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council;
  • Assessing and analyzing dementia-specific data collected by the Cabinet, including the behavioral risk factor surveillance system and related data;
  • Evaluating state-funded dementia services;
  • Identifying and supporting development of dementia-specific training;
  • Streamlining applicable state government services to increase efficiency and improve the quality of care in residential and home-  and community-based settings;
  • Identifying any duplicative services to eliminate unnecessary costs;
  • Identifying and applying for grant opportunities to expand the scope of services while reducing state costs; and
  • Other duties that support policy, program and service development and implementation for individuals with dementia and their family caregivers.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council

​The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council is made up of 15 appointed members who advise the governor, General Assembly, CHFS and other state agencies on matters relating to the Kentucky Alzheimer's and Dementia State Plan. The council reviews and makes recommendations regarding progress towards plan goals and implementation of resources and services to serve individuals with dementia and related disease across Kentucky.

Kentucky Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (KARD)

The Kentucky Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (KARD) collaborative is a statewide network of professionals, agencies, nonprofits, businesses, persons living with dementia, their care partners, advocates and the Alzheimer's and Other Related Dementias Advisory Council. Members are passionate about and dedicated to making a difference in Kentucky's service to and support of individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia and their care teams.

The collaborative has seven workgroups:

  • Service Delivery
  • Policy
  • Healthcare and Insurance
  • Data and Research
  • Public Safety
  • Outreach and Partnership
  • Workforce Development

Workgroups engagage in efforts to advance the goals and objectives of the Kentucky Dementia State Plan. Members include statewide advocates for Alzheimer's and related dementias working to promote and create programs and services offering comprehensive support to the more than 75,000 Kentuckians living with dementia and their nearly 150,000 caregivers.

If you are intersted in joining any of the KARD workgroups please email Dementia Services Coordinator Jennifer Craig or call (502) 564-6930.

Home Health and Personal Service Agencies Dementia Curriculum Review

The 2021 General Assembly set new dementia-specific training requirements for home health agencies and personal services agencies with residents or program participants who exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer's or other dementias across the commonwealth. The Office of Dementia Services was designated to review and approve provider agency dementia training for direct-hire or contractor aides or other non-licensed personnel whose work involves extensive contact with individuals who exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Direct questions concerning the curriculum review application and/or approval process, please email Jennifer Craig or call (502) 564-6930.​

Direct requests for information or collaboration to:
Jennifer Craig
Dementia Services Coordinator
Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living
275 E. Main Street 3E-E
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-6930


KRS 194A.601 – Office of Dementia Services

KRS 194A.603 – ADRD Advisory Council

Alzheimer's Council Standard Operating Procedures

State Alzheimers Plan​​

KRS 216.713 and KRS 216.9375 Minimum training requirements for direct care staff services individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias

KARD Workgroup Interest Form


Application for Dementia Curriculum Review.docx

Pre-approved Dementia Training 2023.pdf

​Modifiable Risk Factors for Brain Health

The modifiable risk factors mentioned can play a role in influencing the risk of Alzheimer's disease and related memory problems (ADRD). Here's a breakdown of how each factor may contribute:

  1. High Blood Pressure: Chronic high blood pressure can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the brain. This vascular damage is considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
  2. Lack of Exercise: Regular physical activity is associated with better cognitive function and a reduced risk of ADRD. Exercise promotes healthy blood flow, reduces inflammation, and may contribute to the growth of new neurons.
  3. Overweight and Obesity: Obesity, particularly in midlife, is linked to a higher risk of ADRD. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for overall cardiovascular health, which, in turn, benefits brain health.
  4. Diabetes: Diabetes is a risk factor for ADRD. High blood sugar levels can contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress, negatively affecting brain function over time.
  5. Depression: Persistent feelings of sadness or depression have been associated with an increased risk of ADRD. The exact nature of this link is complex and may involve shared biological pathways.
  6. Smoking: Smoking is a well-established risk factor for various health issues, including heart disease. The cardiovascular impact of smoking can contribute to cognitive decline and increase the risk of ADRD.
  7. Hearing Loss: There is evidence suggesting a link between untreated hearing loss and an increased risk of cognitive decline and ADRD. The exact mechanisms are still under investigation.
  8. Binge Drinking: Excessive alcohol consumption, especially in the form of binge drinking, can contribute to cognitive decline and increase the risk of ADRD.
By addressing these modifiable risk factors through lifestyle changes, individuals may improve their overall health and potentially reduce the risk or slow the progression of ADRD. Adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and managing chronic conditions, can have positive effects on both cardiovascular and cognitive health. Additionally, engaging in activities that stimulate the mind, such as lifelong learning and social interactions, may also contribute to cognitive well-being. It's important to consult with healthcare professionals for personalized advice and guidance based on individual health status and risk factors.

​Helpful Links

Dementia Friendly Lexington

Community Resouce Finder

Kynect Resouces

Kentucky State Ombudsman

Long-term care facilities in Kentucky

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Association

24-hour Helpline – (800) 272-3900​

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Greater Cincinnati
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