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State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) testifies before the House of Representatives on Feb. 21 at the Statehouse. A bill Barrett co-authored would support Hoosiers suffering from dementia by establishing dementia care specialist positions across the state, who can train caregivers and assist those battling the disease.

STATEHOUSE — A bill co-authored by State Rep. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) to create a dementia care specialist program to help the growing number of Hoosiers facing the disease is now one step closer to becoming law.

In 2020, more than 110,000 Hoosiers were diagnosed with dementia – a number projected to rise to 130,000 by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.