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Oregon Announces Plan For Alzheimer’s

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon says it has a plan designed to help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Monday’s announcement of the Oregon Plan for Alzheimer’s comes less than 3 months after the president announced a national plan for Alzheimer’s disease.

Officials with Oregon’s Plan say that it compliments the national plan because there are some issues best addressed at a local level and some issues best addressed at a national level. The plan is endorsed by Governor Kitzhaber and has five main goals: public awareness, quality care and efficiency, protection of those with dementia and access to quality care and effective treatment.

Marya Kain of the Jackson County Alzheimer’s Association Support Group attended Monday’s announcement and is excited about the possibilities. Kain says Southern Oregon has a great reputation of communication within the Alzheimer’s community. Home Instead Senior Care in Medford helps care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. They say that awareness of the disease is key.

Seven town hall meetings about the state’s plan will be held throughout the state including one right here in the Rogue Valley. The meeting will take place in Medford on Wednesday, August 8th at 4 p.m. at the Sumlin Health Education Center in the Rogue Valley Medical Center.