Alzheimer’s advocates assemble

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter staff, volunteers and advocates met with elected officials last week at the Ohio Statehouse to communicate the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on Ohio families.

More than 350 purple-clad advocates thanked State senators and representatives for their continued support and protection of Alzheimer’s Respite Funding, which enables the Alzheimer’s chapter to provide vital programs and services to Ohioans affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are over 38,000 people in northwest Ohio living with a diagnosis and over 114,000 caregivers,” said Marty Williman, education manager for the chapter. “Memory Day is a vital opportunity for individuals, caregivers and families touched by Alzheimer’s disease to share their personal story of how it has affected their lives.”

More than 210,000 Ohioans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that figure is expected to more than double by 2050.

Caring for them are more than 591,000 individual Ohioans caring for a loved one, friend, or neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease. They provide 674 million hours of unpaid care each year – valued at almost $8.4 billion.

Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the United States and is projected to cost $150 billion to Medicare and Medicaid in 2014.

The Tiffin Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 4 at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center.

For more information on how to become an advocate, call (800) 272-3900 or visit