Harrisburg – The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter and State Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) will hold a town hall meeting to solicit comments and perspectives from stakeholders in the community on what is needed to support people in Pennsylvania who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. This Town Hall will be held on October 17, from 1p.m.-2:30p.m. at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital-Taylor Conference Room located at 1021 Park Avenue, Quakertown, PA 18951.
Pennsylvania area residents, including those who live with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders, their caregivers, representatives from federal, state and local government, the research community, health systems and long-term care facilities are invited to come and share their thoughts about what elements need to be included in a comprehensive Pennsylvania State Plan.
Senator Mensch, Chair of the Senate Aging and Youth Committee, is also a member of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Planning Committee. The Committee will develop a comprehensive state plan by February 2014 that prescribes ways to address the Alzheimer’s disease crisis in Pennsylvania. An estimated 280,000 Commonwealth residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease; and the number is closer to 400,000 when adding in those living with related dementias.
The Committee will look at needs and research trends, study existing resources and formulate an effective response strategy to the rising number of those affected by the disease. The Committee is comprised of 26 members from various geographic regions of the Commonwealth, including state policy leaders, legislators, leaders in research and advocacy and those personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease.