Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 1 in 3 Seniors will die with Alzheimer's or other dementia. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Those numbers and many more will be part of a community forum coming to Rhinelander next week.
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter is hosting the forum at Nicolet College, Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fieldside Center, which used to be the daycare center.
Outreach Specialist Julie St. Pierre says the forum will give the public a chance to learn and be heard...
"...The purpose of the forum is for people in the Northwoods of all ages to come together to ask questions about Alzheimer's Disease, share their personal experiences, maybe learn a little bit about the disease and some of the resources in the community that are available to support people who are affected. But ultimately what we're looking for is input from the community about what they're aware of as far as Alzheimer's Disease in the community, the impacts that it has and the resources that are available. Then we want input about what can we doing be doing better in the community to help service more folks who are impacted?"
St. Pierre says everyone is welcome to attend, but she says they especially would invite people who haven't had contact with the Alzheimer's Association in the past.
Director Dianne Jacobson of Oneida County Aging and Disability Resource Center will facilitate the discussion.
St. Pierre says attendees can learn more about the ADRC and services they offer. St. Pierre says they would like people to register ahead of time by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900.