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ODA seeks input from Ohioans with dementia, their caregivers

ODA seeks input from Ohioans
with dementia, their caregivers

Listening sessions will shape policy, programs

The Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) Director Ursel J. McElroy announced the first in a series of listening sessions for Ohioans living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their caregivers, and those working in related fields to offer input about services and supports for those living with dementia. Members of the general public are also invited to participate.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health issue in Ohio that impacts at least 220,000 people aged 65 and older -- and likely more due to under-detection,” said Director McElroy. “Working with the dedicated members of Ohio’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force, we are developing innovative and responsive strategies to improve the lives of people diagnosed with, at risk for, and caring for those with dementia.”

The following sessions will be held next week in northeastern Ohio:

Wednesday, December 1 from 2:00-4:00PM
Conference Center at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
11890 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, OH 44120
Register for this session

Thursday, December 2 from 10:00AM-12:00PM
NEW Center at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
2411 State Route 44, Rootstown, OH 44272
Register for this session

For more information and the full schedule of listening sessions, please click here.

The listening sessions are part of a comprehensive effort created by Amended Senate Bill 24, which established the Ohio Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Task Force to examine the needs of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, the services currently available in Ohio, and the ability of health care providers and facilities to meet individuals’ current and future needs.

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