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Letter: Alzheimer’s town hall meeting in Roseburg Aug. 14 needs community suggestions

Input needed on Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is, in a word, devastating. It robs you of your memories, intellectual abilities and cognitive functions. And eventually, it robs you of your life.

Alzheimer’s is also expensive. It’s estimated that by the end of this year “the direct costs of caring for those with Alzheimer’s to American society will total an estimated $203 billion,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The disease also takes a toll on caregivers. Most often these are friends and family members of those who have Alzheimer’s. In addition to the tremendous emotional stress and strain, the disease adversely affects caregivers’ health and job productivity.

Right now, there are nearly 80,000 Oregonians living with Alzheimer’s. By the year 2050 it’s estimated that there will be 14 million Americans suffering from this disease. A dramatic increase is on the horizon and the Alzheimer’s Association is preparing for it. We would like your help.

If you have been impacted by Alzheimer’s, care for a loved one with the disease or work with people who have, I encourage you to attend our upcoming town hall meeting in Roseburg. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. August 14th at the Roseburg Library.

We want to share the important work we’re doing in your community and present our plans for the future. More importantly, we want to hear your suggestions about what still needs to be done. I hope you will join us Wednesday for this important conversation.

Kathleen Cody

Executive Director

Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter

Portland


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