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Dementia Task Force Wants Your Input

August 9, 2013
A daughter helps her elderly father as they walk around a garden.

In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 14.3 percent of older Georgia residents - one of every seven - report increasing incidence of confusion or memory loss. Of those, nearly 80 percent have yet to speak with their doctors about the issue. While not all cases of confusion and memory loss lead to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, more than 120,000 Georgians currently live with the disease.

The national statistics are even more startling. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association, and health statisticians expect that number to grow to 16 million by 2050. By that time, an older American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

To plan for the needs of this aging population, the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Task Force seeks your input. Throughout August, the task force will host public forums and accept your comments.

For Dr. James Bulot, task force chairman and director of the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, community input is critical.

“This plan must represent the very real everyday needs of Georgians," he said. “The task force’s plan will become Georgia’s blueprint for improving dementia prevention and treatment, community services, family support and public awareness."

Get involved and learn more at the Georgia Department of Human Services' Division of Aging Services.

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GeorgiaGov Writer Noralil Ryan ForesNoralil Ryan Fores writes about business, taxes, elections and the environment for GeorgiaGov. She's a graduate of Florida State University's film school and Syracuse University's journalism program.