First-ever Town Hall Meeting on ‘Alzheimer’s Disease in Rockford’

The first-ever Town Hall Meeting on Alzheimer’s disease and its impact in Rockford will be from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St..

“This first-ever Town Hall Meeting is a partnership between the City of Rockford Community Services and the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter to raise awareness in our community of the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on families, businesses and health care and residential care providers,” said Melody Pearson, program manager of the Alzheimer’s Association. Town Hall Meeting guest speakers include the following:

Adam Smith, City of Rockford director of Education and Lifelong Learning

Lynette Gisel, nurse practitioner in Geriatric Psychiatry

Sharon Rudy, elder law attorney

Bob Cleveland, Resource Center director for Northwestern IllinoisArea Agency on Aging

Melody Pearson, program manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter

“We encourage all residents to attend and hear from the experts in the fields of health care, law, medicine and community resources, who will share their perspectives on how we are coping with this disease today and what the future holds,” Melody Pearson said. “Participants also are welcome to share their views and ask questions during the Town Hall Meeting.”

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys brain cells and gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease has a far-reaching and long-lasting impact, affecting more than half a million Illinoisans, including 210,000 people with the disease, plus family members and caregivers.

The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge. Professionals, clergy, community leaders, health care providers, interested citizens, people with dementia, family, friends, and caregivers of those with dementia are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 484-1300.

From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue

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