2012-11-29 / News

Alzheimer’s workshops planned across state

The first listening session for the state plan for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders took place Tuesday in Portsmouth. A total of six sessions will be held throughout the state to gather input, including one at Peace Dale Library in South Kingstown on Dec. 18 at 12:30 p.m.

The state of Rhode Island is taking bold action to confront the most common form of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease – and related disorders, affecting more Rhode Islanders every day. In a series of listening sessions, caregivers, healthcare providers, family members and anyone impacted by dementia is invited to tell their story and provide vital input to a comprehensive state plan. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Catherine Taylor, director of the Division of Elderly Affairs, a working group has been established to inform and create a proposal. The group is open to participation by the public. A full group meeting is held every other month, while six subgroups have been formed to tackle the many aspects and challenges of Alzheimer’s. Membership for these subgroups is open to anyone who is interested in participating.

The Long Term Care Coordinating Council has been designated as the home for the work on a state plan by a joint resolution, recently passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

For more information, email info@ltgov.state.ri.us. Write Alzheimer’s in the subject line. Visit LtGov.state.ri.us/alz to lean more.

Along with the Portsmouth and South Kingstown listening session, the other four are: on Dec. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Kent County YMCA in Warwick; on Dec. 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Providence Public Library; on Dec. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Woonsocket Public Library; and on Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bayside YMCA in Barrington.

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