The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter will host 11 town hall meetings across Washington State throughout October and November 2015. Community members will learn about the draft of the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s, which is meant to guide the help and resources for over 100,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in Washington.
The State Plan will help public and private sectors organize to address the growing population of diagnosed individuals in Washington, which is expected to grow to 140,000 in just a few years. It addresses meeting the needs of caregivers, reducing stigma associated with dementia, raising awareness, increasing availability and affordability of long-term services and it also supports increasing the quality and availability of paid aides.
Caregivers like Anita Harvey feel the strain and need for more support, “The Alzheimer’s Association may be making great strides in research [and] increasing awareness…but doctors, nurses, hospitals, and care facilities need to be working just as hard… until there is a cure.”
The Alzheimer’s Association town halls will be held at these locations and times:
- Kelso: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5:30-7:00 PM.
- Richland: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1:30-3:00 PM.
- Spokane: Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8:00 PM.
- Sequim: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
- Seattle: Friday, Oct. 16, 6:00-7:30 PM.
- Everett: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:00-7:30 PM.
- Kent: Friday, Oct. 23, 2:30-4:00 PM.
- Tacoma: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6:00-7:30 PM.
- Mount Vernon: Friday, Oct. 30, 1:30-3:00 PM. Co-hosted by Alzheimer Society of Washington.
- Yakima: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 9:30-11:00 AM.
- Wenatchee: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5:00-6:30 PM.