Local caregivers appeal to panel of Nevada legislators

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Updated: 8/20/2014 1:45 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- More than 60 local caregivers will appeal to a panel of Nevada legislators at an Alzheimer's Association Town Hall in Reno Wednesday.

The focus of many of the caregiver stories will be the serious lack of dementia training across the broad spectrum of health care workers in Nevada. The need for more dementia training at every level of health care professional in Nevada is one of the main recommendations outlined in the Nevada Plan on Alzheimer's disease, which was adopted in 2013.

Nevada is one of the most rapidly aging states in the U.S. and will see a projected increase of Nevadans with Alzheimer's disease from 37,000 today to 64,000 by 2025, according to a recent Alzheimer's Association press release.

Assembly member Teresa Benitez-Thompson, a representative from the office of U.S. Senator Dean Heller and a representative from the office of Congressman Mark Amodei will all be represented on the panel.

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