The Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, will host a town hall meeting to discuss the nation’s first-ever National Alzheimer’s Plan on Oct. 15. The event will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton.
Those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease — whether they have the disease or they care for or have lost a loved one to the disease — are invited to share their personal perspectives on what is needed for successful implementation of the National Alzheimer’s Plan. Town hall attendees will also ask Congress to support implementation of the plan with an additional $100 million for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and community support.
Attendees are urged to register if they would like to speak during the meeting. Written comments may also be submitted.
The National Alzheimer’s Plan was announced May 15, 2012, by the Obama Administration. The plan was mandated within the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which was passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law in 2011. It includes initiatives focusing on research, tools for health care providers and an awareness campaign.
The town hall meeting will be moderated by Todd Butler, president and CEO of the Ad Council of Rochester. The panelists at the meeting will include Dr. Thomas V. Caprio, assistant professor of medicine and clinical nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center and medical director of the University of Rochester Geriatric Assessment Clinic; Ben Gioseffi of Greece, a retired educator who now cares for his wife, Elaine, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six years ago; Daniel I. Katz, president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life; and Miles Zatkowsky, an attorney with Dutcher & Zatkowsky who specializes in elder law.
To register for the town hall meeting, call Kelly Harris at (585) 760-5405 or go to alzevents.eventbrite.com.