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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Alzheimer's 101 health forum on March 14th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/7/2014  2:05:00 PM
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Alzheimer's 101 health forum on March 14th

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and The Central (also known as Central Area Senior Center) are hosting “Alzheimer’s 101”, a community health forum featuring Bob LeRoy, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington. The Alzheimer's Association is working to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by advancing research; enhancing care and support for Alzheimer’s patients, their caregivers, and family members; and promoting brain health to reduce the risk of dementia.

Data release by the National Vital Statistics System last year shows that Washington state has the highest mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. Currently there are over 150,000 Washingtonians with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The prevalence of dementia among older residents of the U.S. is growing rapidly. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates a 40 percent increase by 2025 and that, by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease will nearly triple.

Caregivers and family members who want a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; resources, tools and tips for dementia care; and information about culturally competent care are invited to attend the forum. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide printed materials and other resources.

A low-cost lunch is available. For lunch reservations (recommended), call 206-726-4926.

The mission of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services is to identify the needs of older people and adults with disabilities in our community; advise on services to meet these needs; and advocate for local, state and national programs that promote quality of life for these populations. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council/advocacy.htm.

Aging and Disability Services—a unit of the Seattle Human Services Department—is designated by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging for King County. The agency plans, coordinates, and advocates for a comprehensive service delivery system for older adults, family caregivers, and people with disabilities in King County. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org.

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