Alzheimer’s task force meeting hopes to educate families and caregivers of resources

One in eight Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects the memory, abilities and brain functions. The Utah Legislature has created a Governors Task Force on Alzheimer’s to help deal with the disease which is expected to grow rapidly in numbers over the next 20 years.Sunshine Terrace Foundation CEO Steven Tracy is a member of the task force which is hosting a public meeting in Logan Thursday, July 7. Tracy says the meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the Terrace’s Kathryn Wanlass Center on the second floor.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Tracy said a major goal of the task force is to pro-actively assess the current resources and make sure families and caregivers are aware of the home and community-based services.”I think that’s a big focus,” Tracy said. “I think right now, I think what the task force is looking at, is if we can keep people at home as long as possible. That’s a win-win for everyone. “If we can find the support for the caregivers that’s probably the biggest concern right now is making sure there’s awareness, there’s education for the caregivers.”Tracy says the public is invited to attend Thursday’s meeting of the task force and the time to give input is at the beginning of the session.

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