Task force outlines steps to prepare for aging population

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state task force is recommending several steps the state should take to prepare for its growing population of senior citizens.

The Aging Nebraskans Task Force report released Tuesday says the state should work to improve the availability of transportation for seniors, create incentives for long-term care insurance and protect the rights of people who are receiving home- and community-based services.

The report calls for an expansion of memory care services to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It says the state should establish a "memory care" endorsement for assisted living homes with a higher reimbursement rate.

It also warns that the state faces a direct care worker shortage.

The 16-member task force was created last year under a law by state Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln.

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